Thank you for visiting our First Generation site. On this website, we have compiled true stories of some of the faculty and staff of Seattle Central and the Seattle Vocational Institute who were the first in their families to graduate from college. I hope these stories on this site will inspire you.
About forty percent of the students who attend Seattle Central are first-generation students. First-generation students are trailblazers. Research shows that an older sibling who graduates from college often paves the way for younger siblings behind them.
My own story illustrates how hard it can be. I dropped out of high school, obtained a GED and then struggled to adjust to college. I went on to become the first college graduate in my family and ultimately obtained a Ph.D.
If you or someone you know wants to attend college but doesn't know how to begin, a community college is a great first step. At a community college, students will find smaller classes with faculty and staff. Click here to get started at Seattle Central today. If you are a Seattle Central employee or graduate and would like to submit your story, click here.
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Seattle Vocational Institute
Interim Executive Dean for Seattle Vocational Institute
Seattle Central Community College
Women's Programs & Workforce Services
Staff Advisor, First Peoples Student Alliance
Instructor, Application Support Program