Submitted by Catrinna Berginnis

Tuesday, Feb. 26, University of Nevada, Reno GEAR UP Ambassador and member of the Nevada First in the Pack Andrea Saavedra and First in the Pack’s Program Coordinator Desirae Acosta met with the Mineral County High School Seniors.

UNR GEAR UP Ambassador, Andrea Saavedra provided the students with valuable information on degree planning, financial aid, career and college advising, and furthermore allocated time for a question & answer session on college living and expenses.

The students also received an outstanding presentation on the Nevada First in the Pack program. Nevada First in the Pack is a program designed to help first-generation college students succeed in obtaining a college degree. First-generation students are students in families where neither parent has graduated from a 4-year college or university.

The increase of first-generation college students applying and been accepted into four-year institutions is at an all-time high, but the graduation rate for students of this demographic is stagnant at 26 percent. First in the Pack has a track record of shifting these outcomes by helping retain first-generation students, raising their GPAs and supporting their professional development.

After the presentations, Acosta and Saavedra met with the students who plan on attending the University of Nevada, Reno on an individual basis and assisted them with filling out applications and ensuring they have met all the University entrance requirements or are well versed on the requirements they need to fulfill in order to attend the University in the Fall.