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First Generation Week: Dr. Cynthia Hall’s road from first-gen to full-time faculty

Cynthia’s story is part of a weeklong series celebrating first-generation Golden Bears. They’re the first in their families to earn a four-year degree, and they’re the students, alumni, faculty and staff who are showing the world how one big first step can change everything.

Dr. Cynthia Hall is a psychology professor at WVU Tech. She grew up in Radford, Virginia, just under two hours southeast of Tech’s campus in Beckley.

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First Generation Week: How Tyesha White is solving the mysteries of college - and her career

Tyesha’s story is part of a weeklong series celebrating first-generation Golden Bears. They’re the first in their families to earn a four-year degree, and they’re the students, alumni, faculty and staff who are showing the world how one big first step can change everything.

Tyesha White is a forensic investigation major at WVU Tech. She plans to put her skills to work wherever she can to help solve crimes, and has a particular interest in fingerprinting, photography, firearms and crime scene investigation.

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So much more than money: How scholarships are helping Tech students make their mark

A scholarship can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For parents and guardians, it can be a weight lifted. For students, it’s a powerful motivational tool. For donors, it can be a way to leave a legacy after a successful career or to extend a helping hand to those who have the drive, but not the means, to chase down that dream career.

For students like Leland Swafford, a sophomore psychology major from Beckley, West Virginia, a scholarship is a launch pad for a career that benefits others.

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First Generation Week: The many lives of Tech tutor Phil Redden

Phil’s story is part of a weeklong series celebrating first-generation Golden Bears. They’re the first in their families to earn a four-year degree, and they’re the students, alumni, faculty and staff who are showing the world how one big first step can change everything.

Anyone who’s been tutored through WVU Tech’s TRIO Student Support Services program in the last two decades knows Phil Redden. He’s the go-to math guy and he’s built a great career at Tech.

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First Generation Week: How Tech grad Brianna Whaley is doing her part to heal her community

Brianna’s story is part of a weeklong series celebrating first-generation Golden Bears. They’re the first in their families to earn a four-year degree, and they’re the students, alumni, faculty and staff who are showing the world how one big first step can change everything.

Brianna grew up in South Point, Ohio. It’s almost as far south as one can travel and still be in the state, and just under 4,000 people call it home.

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First Generation Week to celebrate pioneering students, faculty and staff

First-generation students are those who become the first in their immediate family to earn a four-year degree. It’s a badge of honor, and for many, it’s a badge that’s hard-won.

Scott Robertson, Assistant Dean of Students for TRIO and Diversity Programs at WVU Tech, said that these students often face unique challenges in both getting into college and earning their degrees.

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