First Generation College Celebration


First Gen Students are the first within their families to attend or graduate from college. BCC is the first community college in Massachusetts, and TRIO@BCC is proud to support our first gen students!

Join us to hear students' success stories, learn about TRIO, Library and other Student Success resources, participate in a Strategic Planning meeting, attend a student art show, and visit MCLA.

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First-gen students are the first in their families to attend or graduate from college. As the first community college in Massachusetts, TRIO is proud to support our first-gen students!


2021 First-Generation Student Celebration Week

This Monday 8th November, BCC and MCLA will host an all-day celebration of First Generation Learners, Staff, and Faculty. View the program below and join us! Sign up here for all events, including a visit MCLA! Free lunch, Gift Cards, Forum Credits! Share with students the new LibGuide for all things First Generation, and download our zoom background to celebrate the day!

"Generations of First Generations" Panel Monday, November 8th, 10:00-11:00am

Hear from other first generation peers of MCLA and BCC! Forum Credit

In person - Koussevitzky 111; on zoom, Join us by clicking on this link:

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BCC Student Support Resources Fair Monday, November 8th, 11:00-1:00pm

Join us to learn about all the student support resources available at BCC!

In person - Koussevitzky Lobby

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Speak with the BCC Strategic Planning Team Monday, November 8th, 12:00-1:00pm

What do you want the future of BCC to look like? Forum Credit

Share your ideas and dreams and participate in Strategic Conversations using an ACTUAL strategic planning method. It’s resume worthy, too!

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Zoom link: Click here to join TRIO Without Walls

First Generation Art Fair Monday, November 8th, all day Come in person and view first generation student art  in Koussevitzky Lobby
Visit to MCLA and campus tour Wednesday, November 10th, 12-1:30pm

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Free lunch with MCLA TRIO students and campus partner guests.

Admissions Information Session

Campus Tour 

Resources for First-Generation Students

Are you a first-generation student? In short, being a first-gen student means that your parents did not complete a 4-year college or university degree, and that you are the first one to take the major step of going to university. You can read a more detailed denition on the NASPA-COE website.

There are many resources available to you, at the national Center for First-Generation Student Success. You can also see what free learning opportunities and conferences there are!

First-Generation Student Stories

TRIO is proud to present stories, videos, six-word stories, and pictures by our first-generation students. All stories and images were done in answer to the question: "what does being the first in your family to go to college represent?"


Previous First-Generation Student Celebrations

In 2020, BCC and the TRIO Center hosted its first week long series of events in support ofour first-generation students. The week F.I.R.S.T @ BCC week featured student panels, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion talks, and a celebration of 20 years of TRIO at BCC. Find below the flyers for all the events.