Eckerd College’s First-Generation Initiative and Club Help Student Find Their Way Through the Maze

For many first-generation students, college presents unique and difficult challenges. Students whose parents did not attend college are more than twice as likely to leave college within the first year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Eckerd College offers a wealth of academic support to all students but didn’t offer anything special for first-generation students until the First-Generation Student Initiative launched in September 2019. After several successful events that year, Cedrica “CJ” Jackson, now a senior first-generation student from Tampa, founded the First-Gen Club. Read more.