MHS Brings Knowledge of First-Generation College Students to Colleges and Universities
On June 12, Milton Hershey School’s Graduate Programs for Success Division welcomed more than 20 colleges and universities to the first Student Success Symposium.
Representatives from colleges and universities across Pennsylvania were in attendance to learn more about the barriers that first-generation college students face and how they can better serve those students. All who attended the conference learned from first-generation college students and attended workshops focused on helping colleges give first-generation students an accommodating experience.
“I hope that the colleges and universities in attendance will take away from this event the importance of thinking outside the box,” said Tanya Baynham, Vice President of Graduate Programs for Success at MHS. “This is an opportunity for shared learning. We are coming from a perspective of secondary education and the colleges and universities here are coming from a perspective of post-secondary education.”
Throughout the symposium, college and university representatives collaborated with MHS staff about how to best serve first-generation college students in and out of the classroom. MHS continues to commit itself to helping students succeed as they journey through after graduating from MHS.