Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

First Generation College Bound

"A college education has never been more important. ... Eighty-nine percent of the new jobs created in this economy will require post-high school levels of literacy and mathematics. ... The typical worker with a college degree makes 73 percent more (than workers without)." - U.S. Department of Education website

For 24 years, First Generation College Bound (FGCB) has helped young people realize a dream that often seemed out of reach - to be the first in their families to get a college education. This unleashing of human potential has produced more than 500 college graduates, hundreds of millions of dollars in added lifetime earnings and a brighter future for us all. FGCB graduates have attended some of the nation's most prestigious institutions of higher learning, and some have gone on to enter graduate programs, law school and dental school.

Without FGCB, most of these young people would not have known how to navigate the college admission process and, even if accepted, could not have afforded the cost. FGCB stands out among college access programs in helping its participants secure financial aid. It also stands out in continuing to mentor students through that crucial first year of college, and beyond.

"Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that level of education. ... This is a prescription for economic decline. ... This country needs and values the talents of every American." - President Barack Obama, address to joint session of Congress, Feb. 19, 2009