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First Gen

Welcome SMC First Generation College Students!

Who are first generation college students?

  • No parent in the household has a bachelor's degree from the U.S. 
  • Students will be the first in their family to attend college (younger siblings of older college-going siblings are still considered first-gen).

 For more info, visit Defining First Generation.

Share Your Story: Tell us more about how amazing you are!

First Gen Directory: Find out more about SMC staff and faculty who were also first generation college students!  (coming soon!)

First Gen Extravaganza 2020

Events: Get connected with the annual events below!

First Gen Extravaganza

Santa Monica College Presents:  The Second Annual First Gen Extravaganza 

Join us from Monday, October 26 to Wednesday, October 28 to celebrate the First Generation experience and learn what it means to be a First Gen Student 

All events will be on Zoom:  

Join on Zoom: First Gen Week 2020

Monday, October 26

10:30 a.m - 12 p.m.: First Gen 101 (SMC Community members) 

12 - 1 p.m.: Let's talk about money. Understanding Financial Wellness: First Gen edition (Peer Navigator Program) 

1 - 2 p.m: The First Gen Process: Navigating college and transfer with support from Special Programs (EOPS) 

Tuesday, October 27

10 - 11:15 a.m.: Time is Money: A First Gen approach to time management and career exploration (SMC Career Center)  

11:15 a.m - 12:30 p.m.: The STEM Experience: A panel of First Gen STEM alumni, current students, and staff (SMC STEM Program) 

12:45 - 2 p.m.: Creating your UndocuCommunity (again): Stories from First Gen transfers

Wednesday, October 28

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.: First Gen Art and Music Show 

11:45 a.m - 12:45 p.m.: First Gen & _____: A conversation on intersecting identities

12:45 - 2 p.m.: First Gen Take Off! Advice from the SMC Community