First-generation college students and their families share many misconceptions and uncertainties around the college-going process, concerns that can impact a student’s success. In fact, research shows those students whose parents are involved in their decisions have higher post-secondary enrollment and graduation rates.
At College Possible Oregon, engaging families in our programming is key to the success of our primary goal: student success. With a generous grant from AT&T Aspire, College Possible Oregon now has the opportunity to better serve both students and their families, increasing the odds of college enrollment and graduation among first-generation students and those from low-income backgrounds.
Our family engagement plan centers around two main principles: building community among students and their families, and educating and supporting families through workshops with guided curriculum, such as:
- Financial aid and loans
- General college knowledge
- Supporting your student in college
- Understanding the options available to your student
The AT&T Aspire grant gives College Possible Oregon the opportunity to remove language barriers by providing simultaneous interpretation during workshops and family nights, as well as providing translated written curriculum materials. We’re also able to provide dinner and childcare for families, as many of these workshops take place in the evening.
“AT&T Aspire brings together AT&T employees, nonprofits and community members to help equip students with the skills they need to lead the digital, global economy,” said George Granger, president of AT&T Oregon. “We’re proud to support College Possible and their work to increase college graduation rates for students from low-income backgrounds through a holistic approach of including all student support systems”
The partnership with AT&T has allowed our workshops to be effective and inclusive for all families. Having a good support system in place is critical to the success of students reaching their dreams of earning a college degree.