Corazón announces the launch of FirstGen College Counseling

In a collaborative effort with Dr. Lori Rhodes, Corazón Healdsburg announces the launch of FirstGen College Counseling. Beginning in September 2017, thirty low-income college bound Healdsburg High School students from 9th- 11th grades, who will be first in their family to complete college, will start this innovative program.

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. 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.
 
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 will not only assist and advise the students through building their roadmap to college but with a strong partner in Corazón Healdsburg, it will enlist 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 going 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 principle 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. Throughout many years, Dr. Rhodes has worked with students on refining college essays and significantly improving SAT scores. The colleges to which her students have been admitted are a veritable Who’s Who of the best colleges and universities in the United States.
 
With FirstGen, we wish to dispel the idea that education ends at 18-years-old. Students who are the first generation to aspire for a college degree need encouragement and guidance to succeed. The college experience is unmatched by any other in life. There is so much at your fingertips from studying abroad to joining clubs to creating friendships with people from all over the world to connecting with brilliant professors. We want this for our high-achieving Healdsburg students so that they can go out into the world and build these skills that they can later bring back to our community and invest in cultivating the next generation of leaders. 

If you know of eligible students WHO wish to APPLY for this program, please download the application here, in English or Spanish.

For more information please contacT

Dr. Lori Rhodes at: rhodes.firstgen@gmail.com or call 707.385.1095