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December 4

Documentary - first-generation college students

WAUKESHA, WIS.—Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education, but not everyone has the resources to help them attend college – or to succeed when they get there. Increasing awareness of college and career readiness options is the vision of ENGAGE.WAUKESHA.

“ENGAGE.WAUKESHA guides and directs parents, students and the Waukesha community toward available resources to help with life’s transition,” said Dr. Donnie Hale, director of Pre-College Programs at Carroll University. “Schools, colleges and community partners provide a variety of activities and opportunities to fully engage families and address the common challenges they might experience.” Carroll University, the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Waukesha County Technical College are a few of these community partners.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, ENGAGE.WAUKESHA will show the documentary film, “First Generation.” The showing will begin at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Campus Center at Carroll University, 101 N. East Ave., Waukesha. A discussion will follow, facilitated by Hale; Rolando De León, diversity coordinator at WCTC; and James M. Boling Jr. of Multicultural Services and Pre-College Programs at UW-Waukesha. This event is free and open to the public.

In “First Generation,” every first has a story. The film followed four high school students during three years – an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers – who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. The 95 minute documentary explores the problem of college access faced by first-generation and low-income students, and how their success has major implications for the future of the nation. Leading educational experts, including Richard Kahlenberg of The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm of College Summit; and Dr. Bill Tierney of University of Southern California, provide commentary. Visit to learn more about the documentary.
For more information, contact Hale at 262.650.4971 or


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