Celebrating First Generation College Students

November 8, 2020 is National First Generation Day, celebrating first generation college students, faculty, and staff. We’re excited to profile a few of our college community who volunteered to share some words of wisdom.

Cynthia Bell

Cynthia Bell

CMC Faculty / Vail Valley

Take advantage of being given the opportunity to further your education; our parents want to see us succeed in life and we can do that by graduating college, so let’s make them proud.

Sarahi Carrillo

Sarahi Carrillo

Student / Rifle

I am thankful for my wonderful parents and an amazing brother who have always believed in me and supported my dreams. Without them I never would have experienced being a first generation student.

Jeremy Deem

Jeremy Deem

CMC Faculty / Breckenridge

The value of a college degree, while financially proven, goes well beyond in terms of your comfort with decision-making in your community; and, if you find the right place to study, it's fun beyond words!

Dallas Diaz

Dallas Diaz

Student / Rifle

No matter what your background or circumstances are, it's up to you to work hard and envision a better future for yourself. Having a college degree opens up so many more opportunities to you and gives you more earning potential in the long run.

Gilbert Gonzalez

Gilbert Gonzalez

Student / Rifle

Dream big and know that it's never too late. Your future can be what you want it to be. Education is essential and obtainable regardless of where you grew up or what your ethnicity is or what you have been through. You are in control of your future.

Nicole Gray

Nicole Gray

Student / Rifle

Never give up. Regardless of the obstacles that arise remember that you have the moxie to achieve your goals; otherwise, you would not be here to begin with. Visualize your success, one moment at a time, one day at a time or one class at a time.

Justin Leibowtiz

Justin Leibowitz

CMC Staff / Leadville

Everyone has questions, whether you hear them ask those questions or not. Being a first-generation students says nothing about your ability to be a great and successful student. Our campus and surrounding communities are always better with you.

Joe Lopez

Joel Lopez Esparza

Student / Rifle

Take advantage of being given the opportunity to further your education; our parents want to see us succeed in life and we can do that by graduating college, so let’s make them proud.

Vanessa Mendoza

Vanessa Mendoza

Student / Spring Valley

Never forget that being a first-generation student is a blessing and doesn’t make you any less capable of succeeding and achieving your dreams. Take advantage of higher education and accomplish so much that you are proud to say “I am first-generation!”

Athena Murray

Athena Murray

CMC Faculty / Steamboat Springs

You've already taken a huge, life-changing step to improve yourself, your family, and your community by enrolling in college. Be proud of what you've accomplished, and keep going!

Sandy Peterson

Sandy Peterson

CMC Staff / Spring Valley

My parent were not given the opportunity to attend college due to finances and life situations. I'm so thankful for their support and sacrifice to make it possible for me to attend college over 40 years ago. It has given me incredible experiences.

CMC’s First Generation Students, Faculty, and Staff

Efrain Alvarado Ruiz
Yesenia Arreola
Cynthia Bell
Jessica Beltran
Julia Brazell
Sarah-Marie Brenna
Marc Brennan
Jen Brennan
Rachel Brunetti
Darren Brungardt
Alondra Calderon
Sarahi Carrillo
Omar Chavez
Codi Clark
Gloria Cueva
Pauline Curnutt
Breanna Darcy
Irma De La Guardia
Jeremy Deem
Dallas Diaz
Mandie Dovey
Tinker Duclo

Paz Escobar
Tina Evans
Sheree Fleming
Itzel Flores
Linda Froning
Leslie Gamez
Giselle Garcia
Lizbeth Garibo
April Gilliland
Bianca Godina
Gilbert Gonzalez
Evelyn Gonzalez
Nicole Gray
Jess Guarnero
Zach Haberler
Yanina Hahn
Gethzemani Hammond
Jennifer Harris
Alejandro Jaquez-Caro
Theresa Keeley
Katie Kellerby
Becky Kramer

John Lawrence Lawrence
Justin Leibowitz
Ted Long
Jose Lopez
Joel Lopez Esparza
Gabriela Magaña Silva
Monica Martinez Ramirez
Amie Medina
Bryan Mendez
Sahira Mendez
Vanessa Mendoza
Gary L. Mercer
Yerania Moreno
Joyce Mosher
Estela Munoz
Athena Murray
Katherine Osten
Matt Parker
Sandy Peterson
Skyler Peterson
Kathryn Regjo
Davia Richards

Sandi Rickert
Dave Ruffley
Monica Sanchez
Nicole Sandoval
Heather Savalox
Oliver Schweitzer
Isabella Sharpensteen
Julia Simoes
Rob Simpson
Cecilia Solis
Jane Szucs
Lucas Tenharmsel
Pauline Trujillo
Vicky Valentine
Jason Vargas
Sierra Verburg
Monica Vetter
Brenda Walck
Evan Weatherbie
Chris Wenger
Angela Wurtsmith
Jaime Zamarron Ramos