Webinar: Increasing First-Generation College Student Success

Community college students

October 4, 2017
12:00–1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Join Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest for a free webinar exploring two comprehensive financial and advising programs that have made substantial gains in helping underrepresented students earn a degree.

The webinar begins with a brief overview of the research evidence on such programs. Next, learn how the Dell Scholars Program’s virtual support model and Portland Community College’s Future Connect in-person coaching services have contributed to rising rates of college completion for many low-income and first-generation students. Engage with program experts and learn practical strategies you can use with high school and postsecondary students.


This webinar will be most useful to policymakers, funders, administrators, and staff members at community colleges and universities, as well as high school guidance counselors, teachers, and program staff members that provide advising and support to first-generation and underrepresented college students.


  • Michelle Hodara, Ph.D., Practice Expert–Applied Research and Postsecondary Success, Education Northwest
  • Pamela Blumenthal, Director–Links Programs, Portland Community College
  • Joshua Laurie, Manager–Future Connect, Portland Community College
  • Oscar Sweeten Lopez, President–College Success Tools/Dell Scholars Program, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation