Ford First Gen is an innovative new program aimed at improving graduation rates among first-generation college students.
Launched at Spelman College in Atlanta in the beginning of the 2018-19 academic school year, the first-of-its-kind program pairs 55 first-generation college students in their first year with 10 juniors – also first-generation students – who serve as peer mentors. Students attend monthly seminars focused on networking, career development and building healthy relationships – all designed to help them succeed throughout their four years in college. They meet with industry professionals for insight into today’s workplace, work with Spelman faculty and complete Ford-sponsored summer internships.
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