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First Generation Collegiate Program

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First Generation Collegiate Program

The First-Generation Collegiate Program is designed to support domestic students who come from families where neither their parent nor guardian has graduated with a 4-year college degree from a U.S. degree granting institution. 

We seek to instill a sense of pride in the student's status as a 1st generation college student. We provide targeted programs and services that build capacities in a student’s abilities to navigate their undergraduate experience while at the same time best prepare them for life after college. 

The program consists of a blockly luncheon for first-generation students, staff and faculty, usually centered on a theme or issue of particular interest to first-generation students. Topics have included preparing for graduate school, choosing mentors, studying abroad, financial literacy and managing stress. 

First-generation staff and faculty provide support for students in formal and informal mentoring relationships, as well as in sharing personal stories relating to the first-generation college experience. 

The First Generation Collegiate Program is a collaborative effort between The Butler Center and other offices and departments across campus. In addition to the block-ly meetings, other events during the year include a dessert reception for incoming first-generation students and their families; a “pinning’” ceremony of first-generation college graduates and local excursions in the wider Colorado Springs community. 

Butler Center Contact: Ms. Pearl Leonard-Rock

Program Overview: 

  • Blockly lunch meetings on topics that empower students (connecting them to faculty and staff; resources) 

  • Advising meetings with Butler Center staff that build capacity and self-confidence  

  • Mentor meetings with CC first-gen faculty/staff (with individual attention given to the student’s specific academic/psycho-social needs) 

  • Special opportunities: to be mentors to local middle and hs students; to serve as panelists; to be inspired by guest speakers; to make application for grant or scholarship dollars 

The First Generation Program meets the third Thursday of every block unless otherwise noted. All lunches and events are free of charge.

Please RSVP to reserve a meal during the following meeting times during 2018-2019

Block 1: September 13, Tutt Library Event Space, RSVP to

Block 2: October 11, Tutt Library Event Space, RSVP Here by 3rd Monday at 1 pm. 

Block 3: November 8, Gaylord Hall  RSVP Here by 3rd Monday at 1 pm. 

Block 4: No block-ly meeting.

Block 5: February 7, Tutt Library Event Space, RSVP Here by 3rd Monday at 1 pm. 

Block 6: March 7, Tutt Library Event Space, RSVP Here by 3rd Monday at 1 pm. 

Block 7: April 11, Tutt Library Event Space, RSVP Here by 3rd Monday at 1 pm. 

Block 8: May 9, Hybl Community Center Classroom, RSVP Here by 3rd Monday at 1 pm.