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Creating Successful Partnerships with Parents of First Generation College Students


On-Demand Free Training

Registration includes institutional access to the recording for one year.
Complimentary Webinar

Creating Successful Partnerships with Parents of First Generation College Students
On-Demand Training

All webinars include institutional access to the recording for one year, which can be
emailed to your entire faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere!

“Walking into college as a first-generation student feels like walking alone and blindfolded in a foreign territory. As educators we have the means to change this perception by providing the guidance and insights FGCS lack. It is essential to begin the process prior to their arrival at our campuses, which entails a focused approach to build community conscience and support.”
~ Alexandra Duran
Webinar Presenter
First Generation College Students (FGCS), as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, are those whom “neither parent had more than a high school education.” Given that FGCS lack parents’ experience in preparing for and applying to college, they are at a disadvantage in obtaining information about and admittance to higher education institutions. In addition, FGCS families often do not know where to go to obtain the information or assistance needed to guide their children’s education. However, with a strategically organized educational/outreach approach, our colleges can reach out to these families and create strong partnerships to ensure these students receive quality opportunities, as well as to improve their success in achieving educational goals. This webinar is designed to review strategies colleges can implement to assist parents of FGCS. Strategies will focus on ways to increase opportunities for student success.

  • Challenges and strengths of FGCS and their families
  • Strategies to cope with parent resistance due to uncertainty
  • Key partnerships to build support for FGCS
  • Strategies to create strong relationships with parents of FGCS
  • Resources to make these programs sustainable
  • Small and simple strategies that make a HUGE difference

Who should attend?
  • Student Services or Student Affairs vice presidents/deans/directors/coordinators
  • Student affairs leaders
  • Outreach & Retention professionals
  • Faculty/academic advisors/counselors
  • Anyone interested in improving FGCS educational opportunities
  • Anyone who works with FGCS and their parents

Who is the speaker?
For more than 12 years Alexandra Duran has been assisting students and their families in the transition from high school/regional occupational program/adult school to college, as well as helping students in the exploration of individual skills, interests, values, and personality traits as they relate to career choices. Currently she directs the Career & College Connections Office at Foothill College-Middlefield Campus in Palo Alto, California. She also organizes the Silicon Valley Community Collaborative (SVCC). The main objective of the SVCC is to bring together multiple educational and community partners and initiatives in Santa Clara County to improve coordination of services and develop a seamless system for educational opportunities and workforce training.

Alexandra holds a Bachelors degree in Communications and a Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. As a FGCS, Alexandra has experienced firsthand many of the challenges that FGCS face as well as the opportunities. She enjoys sharing her personal and professional experience not only with students but also with colleagues as she is convinced that only by working together can we present these capable and motivated populations with educational opportunities and prove to them how they can also accomplish their educational dreams against the odds.

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