First-Generation Dinner

Oregon Tech students celebrate at the school’s First-Generation Dinner.

For a first-generation student who decides to pursue higher education, it can feel like trying to navigate without a map.

In support of those students who are the first in their families to attend college, Oregon Tech participated Nov. 8 in the nationwide First-Generation College Celebration. First-generation college students are those whose parents or legal guardians did not complete a bachelor’s degree.

Nearly 37 percent of Oregon Tech students are first-generation students.

Oregon Tech president Nagi Naganathan said such students “comprise a population that is truly diverse and deserving of acknowledgment ... they now have the chance for opportunities that they may have never had before.”

The events culminated in a First-Generation Dinner Nov. 9. The celebration was sponsored by the Tech Opportunities Program and Student Involvement and Belonging.