Helping students transition to college, especially first-gen students, helps build an inclusive workforce

Developing an educated and inclusive workforce needs to begin before students enter college to empower them for the global workforce, says Natissia Small, Assistant Provost for Access and Academic Support at the University of Missouri–St. Louis in this video. "I believe the K-12 sector, higher education institutions and corporate partners collectively are answering an important call to action, which is working collaboratively to create a clear pathway for students to succeed."

Small discusses UMSL's Bridge Program for students in grades 9-12 that helps students successfully transition to college. Small shares:

  • The benefits students get out of precollegiate programming, and how it enhances their success.
  • Why it is important to help first-generation students navigate the college selection and admission process.

For more information on UMSL Bridge program, go to

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is the largest public research university in eastern Missouri, and it takes pride in creating greater access to higher education and opportunity for its nearly 16,000 diverse students. UMSL confers more than 3,000 degrees annually with a wide range of baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs.



Natissia Small serves as Vice Provost for Access, Academic Support, and Workforce Integration in Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri–St Louis.