Are you the first in your family to attend college? You are considered a first-generation student and we are proud to have you as part of the MTC Family. Welcome to Marion Technical College! The following information will provide you with tips and resources to facilitate your academic success and transition at MTC! A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a higher educational degree. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a college to attain a degree. Being first-generation is a very proud accomplishment. We recognize that you will face unique experiences as you begin this exciting journey, and we look forward to supporting you here at MTC.
The mission we are hoping to develop is a sense of community among first-generation college students at MTC and to support the academic success of first-generation students through programming, including general meetings, study sessions, workshops, mentoring, and socials. A degree or certificate will provide you and your family with better opportunities and you will earn more over the course of your lifetime, more than those with high school diplomas alone. Your perseverance, resourcefulness, and hard work have helped you make it to this point and will serve you well during your time at MTC and beyond! Through this process, we look forward to providing you with tips and insight on navigating your journey through higher education, since first-generation students may be entering with limited knowledge about the language and traditions of higher education and the resources available to facilitate your success in the college setting.
See First-Generation Stories here.
We asked our current first-generation students: “What advice would you share with incoming first-generation college students at MTC?” and they responded:
Many different resources are available to you to facilitate your success at MTC. Please check out and utilize the resources below to assist you throughout your time here:
Visit the Parents and Families of First-Generation Parents page.
We can help you with career counseling, resume development, interviewing skills, and job searching strategies. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to start building your career strategy.
We are committed to serving students with disabilities equally. Our Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE) houses the Office of Disabilities and will advocate on behalf of students for reasonable accommodations for physical, mental, learning, and/or emotional disabilities.
We strongly encourage veteran or active duty students with a disability to contact the Office of Disabilities by emailing DS@mtc.edu or stopping by room BR 183F, located in the SRC during the admissions process.
We employ a licensed professional clinical counselor to help students address personal challenges and barriers to academic success. Consultations with the counselor are confidential and free to MTC students. For more information, visit the Center for Student Success and Engagement or contact Mike Stuckey at 740-386-4171