First-Generation Student Stories Page

Normandle faculty, staff and students share stories of being the first member of their family to attend college, and what sparked their passion 

De'Andre Avaloz is a TRIO Upward Bound Advisor and is a first-generation college graduate who participated in the TRIO Upward Bound program in high school. Read more »

Hattie Dambroski is a Biology instructor at Normandale and a first-generation college graduate. Read more »

David Vrieze Daniels is a Librarian at Normandale Community College and he is a first-generation college graduate. Read more »

Dara Hagen is currently the Vice President of Student Affairs at Normandale and a first-generation college student. Read more »

Willie Johnson is a Communications Instructor at Normandale and a first-generation college graduate. Read more »

Jodee McCallum is currently the Vice President of Human Resources and Equity at Normandale and a first-generation college student. Read more »

"You have to be out there, you have to ask questions, you need to be an advocate for yourself and use a network for support," says Javier Salinas Vega, Latino Student Advocate at Normandale and first-generation student. Read more »

As a first-generation college student, Normandale alum Manuel Alanis found two elements crucial to his success at Normandale Community College. Always be willing to try new things, and use the resources available to help you succeed. Read more »

Sheena Jimmick started at Normandale as a first-generation adult student and was a little overwhelmed, but she immediately got a glimpse of the resources and support Normandale would provide her. Read more »