Meet Today’s Students

Many of today’s students aren’t going straight from high school to college and studying full-time. They are returning adults, parents, providers, veterans, and the first in their families to go to college. They need a system that is flexible, affordable and responsive to their needs. But to serve today’s students well, we first need to hear their stories.

  • Maria Dykema Erb, M.Ed., & Carmen Gonzalez, M.A.

    North Carolina

    FROM UNDERGRADS TO GRADS: A CONTINUUM OF SUPPORT FOR FIRST-GEN STUDENTSMaria Dykema Erb, M.Ed., & Carmen Gonzalez, M.A., / The Center / January 27, 2020Thi…

    Contributed by: Center for First-Generation Student Success

  • Marissa Reyes – LEDA Scholar

    New York

    We Need to Make Mental Health a Priority in CollegeI stared at my unfamiliar boney frame as I choked back tears. I stared for what felt like a few seconds unti…

    Contributed by: Higher Learning Advocates (HLA)

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College Student


    Faculty and staff at Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee, WI) have a strong commitment to social justice and a belief that guided pathways can help cre…

    Contributed by: Jobs for the Future (JFF)

  • Osh’shalee Handy


    Osh'shalee is a student at Texas State University, where she is studying to become an art teacher. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, her classes were moved onli…

    Contributed by: Today's Students Coalition

  • Rosa and Achia


    Rosa and Achia are an integral part of Mercy Health in Grand Rapids, MI, where 48% of jobs do not require a college degree — but do require some type of skills…

    Contributed by: National Skills Coalition

  • Sandra Larson


    Read about Sandra Larson's journey to become a financial advisor.

    Contributed by: Center for First-Generation Student Success

  • Van Tran


    Read about Van Tran's journey to become a mechanical engineer.

    Contributed by: Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE)

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