MC Speakers Bureau First Generation to College
Members of the FGTC Speakers Bureau provide motivational lectures and talks to community groups and organizations about childhood experiences and becoming successful college graduates. Visits and lectures can be scheduled by contacting Rebecca Bell in the MC Community Relations Office, (432) 685-4556, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alfredo Chaparro’s parents were Mexican immigrants who only had obtained a second-grade education in rural Mexico. Alfredo didn’t learn to speak English until he started kindergarten and says that he always felt strange and intimidated while growing up. He put all his time and energy into studying and realized that with hard work and determination, he could compete with the smartest students. He now holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting from Texas Tech.
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Dr. Michael Chavez overcame poverty, gangs and drugs. Thanks to the support of family, friends and educators, Dr. Chavez was the first in his family to complete a high school degree. However, he didn’t stop there — he now has a Doctorate degree from New Mexico State University.
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Pervis Evans went from the cotton field to the education field. Born to a single mother in Dallas and raised by extended family in the Texas South Plains, Pervis became the first in his family to earn a college degree.
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Mindy Flowers is the youngest of 14 children born and raised in a community of 75 people. Both of her parents had a high school degree, but no college education. With the help of her siblings and athletics, Mindy graduated from college in three years and earned her Master’s degree in one year! Out of 14 children, nine now have college degrees and seven have Master’s degrees.
Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray was raised in the oilfields of West Texas. After taking some college courses right after high school, she then went to work and raised a family. She returned to school at the age of 40 and finished her undergraduate degree. She then moved to a Master’s degree program and a Doctorate degree program at Texas Tech, where she earned her Ph.D.
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Anita Martinez recalls, "When I saw my first Midland sunset, I knew this was going to be my home.” However, the road she took to the land of magnificent sunsets was a bit of a radical one for her traditional Hispanic family.
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Celia Molina Roux believes, "the most important thing is that no one and nothing can take away one’s education. I will always have my three degrees. I thank my strict, old-world Mexican grandparents and my hardworking parents for paving the way for me to accomplish my dreams."
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Sandra Torres was born in Mexico and raised in the Texas panhandle. With the help of her family, she received her Associate degree at the same time her sisters earned their certificates from Midland College. Sandra later became the first member of her family to earn a Bachelor's degree. Her Bachelor's degree is in organizational management from Lubbock Christian University.
First Generation to College Alliance
To increase participation in higher education among first-generation-to-college families
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