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EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING

Did you know that only 11% of low-income, first-generation college students will have a college degree within six years of enrolling in school or 36% of first-generation students in their first or second year of undergraduate education reported taking a developmental class? This is what the “experts” are saying about us, but these statements do not have to be our “period.”

Here at The Finkley Experience, we focus on college readiness for low-income, first generation students. We provide the resources needed for students to be successful within the college admissions process while in high school, we train school administrators how to educate and prepare their first generation high school students on the college process, and finally, we partner with colleges/universities in preparing their first generation college students on their first year of college.

I’m the FIRST; What Now?

For First Generation Students & High School Students
Did you know ONLY 30 percent of higher education students today are the first in their family to attend college in the US? Did you know ONLY 27 percent of first-generation students graduated within four years? Shocking, right? While being a first generation student in high school, you are concentrated on graduating from high school with the additional pressures of completing college applications, financial aid, and scholarship applications; this can be very overwhelming!

In this session, Finkley will use a combined lecture, a small and large discussion, and interactive games to engage the attendees. Within the last portion of this session, Finkley allows room for questions and answers between himself as the presenter and the audience.

Learning Objectives:
    • Feel comfortable in completing college and financial aid applications
    • Know where to look for scholarships
    • Create methods to follow during the college process
    • Special tips and the know-how from Finkley himself
    • Information college admission counselors do not share


Aaaaah, I’m in College! Help!

For High School Seniors & First-Year College Students
Did you know first-generation students demonstrated lower rates of college readiness in key academic areas? Or did you know first-generation college students contribute greatly to an institution’s retention and graduation rates? Don’t allow these stats to define your college success; Finkley is here to help navigate you through your first year.

In this session, Finkley will use a combined lecture, a small and large discussion, and interactive games to engage the attendees. Within the last portion of this session, Finkley allows room for questions and answers between himself as the presenter and the audience.

Learning Objectives:
    • Students will understand roommate searching, campus security, and choosing a meal plan
    • More in-depth understanding of networking and preparing for life after college
    • Understanding the balance of your educational versus your social aspect of college

Training the Trainer: First Generation Students

For School Administrators
Many school administrators can relate to this concept; many of them are first generations as well. For those who fit this realm, you must remember what it was like during this time and if you do not fit them population, education is key! With time, our students change, and we must always have a listening ear and willing heart to better equip ourselves for our students to cater to their needs.

In this session, Finkley will use a combined lecture, a small and large discussion, and interactive games to engage the attendees. Within the last portion of this session, Finkley allows room for questions and answers between himself as the presenter and the audience.

Learning Objectives:
    • Understanding the mind-setting of a first-generation student
    • Strategies to assist students for the college process and the classroom
    • Closer insight of the learning style of a first-generation student
    • How to properly communicate effectively for a result of success


Diversity & Inclusion

What does diversity and inclusion really mean? How do you see it from a personal lens? In this session, the ideals of diversity and inclusion will be broken down in order for participants to formulate self-reflections and self- development.

During this session, Finkley uses a combined lecture, a small and large discussion, and interactive games to engage the attendees. Within the last portion of this session, Finkley allows room for questions and answers between himself as the presenter and the audience.

Learning Objectives:
    • Have an understanding of cultural competency, diversity, equity and inclusion through a culturally responsive lens
    • Be able to discuss individual skill development, and internal and external strategies to begin working towards their self- developing cultural competent ideals