GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — November 8 is National First-Generation College Celebration Day. Among thousands of students who are a Maverick online and on campus, first-generation students make up a major part of CMU’s family whether they’re current students, alumni, or faculty and staff supporting them.

Between advising and career exploration, CMU’s TRIO Student Services meets the needs of every student. Those resources make all the difference for first-generation students.

“All of the things that I’ve learned is to persist, keep on going forward, to persevere, and that’s really help me with like the services here because they’ve provided me with the help that I need,” CMU Sophomore and First-Generation Student Elizabeth Dowdy describes.

“It feels like a full circle; I was the first-generation student here at Colorado Mesa University and now I get to be the Director for the program here,” Colorado Mesa University Alum Rafael Oroczo expresses, “Now that we are back to in-person services, we have funding to provide services for the next four years and so we will be here for the next four years and then will get to reapply for the grant as well.”

Nearly half of CMU’s current students are the first in their family to attend college. Different support and services are provided as a source for their success.