I  recently published a 285 page College Success book especially for first generation college students.  "HOW TO PLAY & WIN THE COLLEGE GAME" is now available on Amazon or through Outskirts Press.  The e-book will be available next week on My E-Learning Hub.  It is based on the curriculum for our college's Freshman Seminar which won two statewide awards.  It is a great resource for instructors or counselors working in programs for first generation college students.  I developed the material over 30 years working in 6 California State Universities and Community Colleges.  I will also have 2 board games available for sale soon (a community college and a university version) that teach the behaviors of successful college students, and introduce new students (or soon to be new college students) to some of the expenditures they will have in college.  I will post information on the list-serve when these become available.  Below is a description of the book and the web address for Amazon. 

How To Play & Win The College Game is based on the curriculum for the award-winning Freshman Seminar Sharon Padilla-Alvarado designed at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California (which has been identified as one of the top 10 most diverse public two-year colleges in the U.S.). Students are invited to pull up a chair and sit down with a seasoned academic advisor who explains in an easy-to-read, conversational tone both what to expect in college, and how to make the most of the college or university experience. Rather than lecturing students on how to succeed in college, Sharon draws students into the book through a series of exercises designed to help them understand the behaviors of successful college students.  The book includes 35 articles outlining key information that normally could take years for new college students to learn, 30 exercises on topics such as Time Management and Money Management that can be done individually, in small groups in class, or as homework assignments, journal writing prompts, 9 Case Studies, 8 Self Assessments, and assorted "FAQ's" with answers to questions that are frequently asked by new college students, as well as numerous tips related to College Success. Both new and continuing College Success and Freshman Seminar instructors, and directors and counselors of programs for new, first generation, and at-risk students will find this book easy to use, and a great tool for generating discussion about how to avoid the obstacles to success many new students encounter, as well as how to establish a foundation for academic success early on in college.

Sharon Padilla-Alvarado has worked more than 30 years in Higher Education. As the first person in her family to attend a university, she keenly understands the first generation college student experience. Having completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Spanish, and her Master's Degree in Education (Administration & Policy Analysis) at Stanford University, she is familiar with the demands on students attending selective private universities. She is also familiar with the needs of students enrolled in Basic Skills and ESL courses, and transfer students, having worked at four California Community Colleges and two California State Universities. Sharon has extensive experience in the area of university transfer and authored The Insider's Guide To Transferring (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2014). She has motivated thousands of high school and college students to set high goals for themselves through fun, hands-on workshops.

"How To Play & Win The College Game is 'a game-changer' for new college students - especially those who know little about the challenges they are about to face. Author Padilla-Alvarado does a masterful job of speaking directly to students with practical advice on knowing their faculty members, attending class, managing time and money, staying healthy and succeeding in college. Many of the lessons in this book are too often learned by students only as they are completing college. How To Play & Win The College Game allows the new student to learn the ways of successfully navigating the college environment before the end of the first semester. If you want to succeed in college, read How To Play & Win The College Game!"

 - Dr. Brice W. Harris, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges

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Sharon Padilla-Alvarado
Cosumnes River College
Los Rios Community College District
Sacramento, CA
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Subject: First Generation Programs

Good morning,

I am trying to get some information about First Generation Programs at 2 and 4 year institutions.  If you have a program at your school, please share with me the things that you are doing, how you decided to have the  program, and how you got the program started.

Also, if you know any information about any First Generation Programs, please share this information with me.  I need as much information as I can get.  All will be helpful.

Thanks for your assistance with this matter.

Donna Newman
Math Center Specialist/Associate Professor Academic Learning Center

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