First-Generation Students Open Up about Experience at PGCC

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Article by: Tabresha B. Langham

For Immediate Release

First-Generation Students Open Up about Experience at PGCC

LARGO, Md. (Dec. 6, 2018) – Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) recently launched the I’M FIRST GEN Campaign to provide first-generation students with targeted programs that enhance successful degree completion and transfer opportunities.

Several activities took place in support of the campaign, including a reception and panel discussion that provided first-generation students the opportunity to share their experiences with students, faculty, and staff.

“I get to be surrounded by other first-generation students who are breaking barriers and using the opportunities available at PGCC to thrive and achieve academic success and personal goals,” said Fawziyah Alebiosu, vice president of the Student Governance Association.

Ms. Alebiosu moderated the panel discussion at the I’M FIRST GEN Reception. She and the six student panelists talked about the accessibility and availability of resources and knowledge that have helped them navigate their college career. “PGCC helps supplement knowledge and resources that a parent who attended college would be able to provide for me,” she said.

The campaign has been vital in helping first-generation students learn more about different support services at PGCC, but it has also helped students identify and connect with peers that share their experiences. “Being able to discuss our individual experiences that are layered with similar themes really enlightened me, encouraged me, and inspired me that I am not alone.”

Prince George’s Community College identifies first-generation students as those whose parent or guardian did not complete a four-year degree. The I’M FIRST GEN Campaign shows that the college is committed to ensure first-generation students continue to achieve success.

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County.
 Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.