CORAZÓN announces the launch of FirstGen College Counseling
Launched in 2017, FirstGen College Counseling serves more than thirty students from Healdsburg High School, who will be first in their family to complete college. Led by Dr. Lori Rhodes, FirstGen prepares historically underserved high school students to gain admission to four-year colleges in California and out-of-state. Working with Dr. Rhodes and her team, students will have comprehensive one-on-one support of the entire college application process, starting in ninth grade. Collaborating with school counselors and other college access partners, FirstGen meets individual student needs and concerns as students navigate the often complicated and overwhelming college application process.
Student participants have stated their desire to attend a four-year college and are enrolled in college preparatory classes at Healdsburg High School, such as honors and Advanced Placement level courses. These students are not only taking the most challenging classes that the high school offers, but they are excelling with college-track grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
For parents who did not attend college, this daunting process can feel overwhelming with the lack of information available. Often times universities and college programs make assumptions that all applicants have parents who are familiar with the process. Unfortunately for first generation college attendees, this is not the case. FirstGen not only assists and advises the students through building their roadmap to college but with a strong partner in Corazón Healdsburg’s Resource Center, it enlists the parents and family support circles with bi-monthly potluck dinners that bring in speakers to discuss various issues such as financial planning for the expense of college and addressing fears and concerns about students moving far from home.
FirstGen program director Dr. Lori Rhodes has more than 20 years experience in education teaching students from kindergarten to graduate school. Most recently, she was the principal of Healdsburg High School. With a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University, and an MA in History, and Ph.D. in History of Education from Stanford University, Dr. Rhodes is qualified to strengthen the greater Healdsburg community by improving educational access and equity.
Join Corazón in supporting these students!
Your investment will help to cover SAT Exam Preparation Courses for each 11th grader, travel stipends for each 10th and 11th grader to attend summer academic programs on a college campus, Advanced Placement exams, and travel expenses for families to attend college tours with their high school student.
IF YOU KNOW OF ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM,
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT DR. LORI RHODES AT:
Rhodes.Firstgen@gmail.com OR CALL 707.385.1095