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Professional development opportunities are important for college students to help them advance personally and professionally. It is often difficult for first-generation college students to be aware of these opportunities due to the additional pressures and expectations for this demographic of students. The purpose of this study is to explore the professional development that first-generation college students receive. Using interviews with current first-generation undergraduate students, results showed that first-generation college students were not as aware of professional development opportunities as their non-first-generation peers. Implications from this study can inform practices to assist first-generation college students with intentional professional development opportunities aimed at building their cultural capital and helping prepare them for their post-collegiate experience.
Primary Advisor's Department
Counselor Education and Human Services
Stander Symposium, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences, Counselor Education and Human Services
"Exploring Engaging Opportunities for Professional Development with First-Generation College Students" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 2952.