Cory Powell is the associate director of Mentor Tech, a program designed to enhance the quality of the educational experience of students from underrepresented populations.
About 54 percent of Mentor Tech
participants are first-generation college students, which Tech defines as having no immediate family members who graduated from a four-year university, Powell
"These students face some challenges because no one has ever done it," Powell
"Whether they're coming from a rural area or a metropolitan area, stepping onto a campus for the first time can be overwhelming."
Finding support on campus is crucial to first-generation college students, Powell
said first-generation college students not only empower themselves, but encourage other family members to pursue higher education.
The experience positions the family to change the trajectory of their lives, he
Gloria hopes to inspire her
nephews and nieces to attend college.
currently is looking for a teaching job in the Lubbock area.
encourages other first-generation college students to find a supportive group and take time to experience college.