Parents of First-Generation Students

For Parents and Families of First-Generation Students

Thank you for visiting this section of our website and encouraging your student to become a college graduate!

Tips for Parents and Family Members of First-Generation Students

  • Learn more about Marion Technical College.
  • Set up a campus visit to go visit Marion Technical College campus with your daughter or son.
  • Remind your students to make copies of all important paperwork and to make sure to write down the name, department, date, and comments of the person they are speaking to when they contact different departments on campus with questions.
  • Remember that pursuing higher education does not mean that students will lose the values they were raised with.
  • Learn about the college process and what to expect – by learning about campus resources you will be able to become more familiar with what your student is experiencing. Please visit  “Student Success and Engagement”  for more information about campus resources.
  • Be patient with yourselves and one another, especially since this is a learning experience for everyone (both you and your student) – you will all be learning about this transition process together!

What some of our current first-generation college students at MTC wish their parents would know:

  • The pressure and stress that often come with being in college.
  • To support me and try their best to understand what I am experiencing.
  • It is important for our parents to understand how hard college is and that the student will be under stress. The family should be supportive.
  • At times, students may feel overwhelmed and parents can be right there to support their children with words of encouragement. This goes a long way knowing that you believe in us!

Resources for First-Generation College Students:

MTC will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient borrow additional funds to cover the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.”

Class Schedules and Fee Sheets

Interested in taking classes at MTC?   See below for the links to see what classes are being offered.

If you are a new student, contact for the next steps.

Continuing students should contact their advisors to schedule classes.

Career Planning

We can help you with career counseling, resume development, interviewing skills, and job searching strategies. Contact to start building your career strategy.

Disability Services

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 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