Counseling Aspiring First Generation College Students

As college counseling and financial assistance become more readily available, future first generation college students are leaving their high school campuses and becoming the first in their families to attend college in greater numbers than ever before. College counselors will learn practical ways to assist these students in furthering their education and achieving their goals.

Students walking outside with a college access counselor.

“I came to the course believing I had solid knowledge of college admissions and the college experience, but I knew almost nothing of the experiences of the first generation student. Almost everything I learned was new to me.” - Past Participant


Module Topics:

Who are First Generation College Students?: This module will provide an overview of first generation college students as defined by the students themselves. The self-defined approach allows a greater number of students with varying and unique situations obtain the resources needed for their success. Topics will include statistical insights into this ever-growing population along with the general trends and demographics of first gens and future first generation college students.

Parents, Stories, Culture: This module will discuss the impact parents have in shaping their students’ views of themselves and their futures and the power of culture in influencing the autobiographical stories students carry with them. Participants will learn the critical importance of seeking to merge these components of the student’s identity with a college-going identity in a way that does not disregard the student’s sense of self.

The Struggles of First Generation College Students: This module will explore the most prevalent challenges facing first generation college students as they transition from high school to college. Participants will learn how to better prepare their students for success in college by addressing issues related to college knowledge, college culture and financing college.

Resources and Strategies for Working with Future First Generation College Students: In this module, participants will utilize free, relevant and practical resources for helping their future first generation college students take advantage of every opportunity available to them. Online and in-class activities will be discussed as well as why it is worth the effort to ensure every student has the chance to achieve their college dreams.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42992 Jennie Kim Online Online; asynchronous modules with one optional synchronous session (See tab below) Thursday, January 31, 2019

Instructor: Jennie Kim

Jennie Kim is the associate director for the Center for College Readiness at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. She started her work in the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows, teaching English literature and composition to middle and high school students in high-need Philadelphia public and charter schools. She transitioned to working as a College Readiness Coordinator, preparing first-generation urban students for higher education. She has most recently worked as a school counselor, advocating for college access, diversity, and student wellness. She is a National Certified Counselor and holds an MSEd in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania, an MEd in Multicultural Education from Eastern University, and a BA in English from the University of Michigan.

Term: Spring/Summer 2019

Start Date: Jan. 31, 2019

End Date: Feb. 14, 2019

Schedule: Online; asynchronous modules with one optional synchronous session (See tab below)

Fee: $350

Early Registration: $325 if registering by Oct. 31

Late Registration: $375 if registering after Jan. 16

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 8

Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.8

This course utilizes the Canvas platform and includes the use of high-quality videos. For maximum performance, we recommend these system requirements for the Canvas platform.

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The Counseling Aspiring First Generation College Students online course is intended to educate participants about the basics of the college admissions/advising process. This course will not increase the likelihood of admission to Rice University and is in no way affiliated with the Office of Admissions.


This course is a blended format consisting of asynchronous modules with one optional synchronous live session on February 13. Details to come.