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Central Washington University

$400,000 Awarded to Continue Academic Services to Migrant Worker Students

 

August 27, 2012

 

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Mateo Arteaga, director of Central Washington University’s Educational Outreach Services, and Miriam Bocchetti, director of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), have been awarded $424,986 from the US Department of Education for the second year of the CWU CAMP grant. This is the second year of funding for the $2.1 million, five-year program. CAMP has received two, previous multimillion dollar grants, which have funded the program for the past 10 years.

In July, at the annual Washington DC grant recipients’ meeting, Central was recognized as having one of the Top Ten Performing CAMP programs in the country.

Since CAMP began in 2001, it has provided services to more than 600 migrant students, at both Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) and CWU, and more than 150 (25 percent) farm worker students have attained college degrees.

"We have seen extraordinary achievement from our CAMP students," said Arteaga. "and it has a very positive ripple effect in their families and communities. It's inspiring."

CWU is in a unique position to help families of migrant workers due to its geographical location, the central region of Washington State, which has the highest concentration of migrant and seasonal farm workers. The program is coordinated between CWU’s University Center at YVCC and the Ellensburg campus.

CAMP serves approximately 60 farm worker students per year, and in 2011, 61 out of 62 (98 percent) successfully completed their first year of college, and all 62 of those students continued to be enrolled in college. CWU’s CAMP retention rate is consistently more than 90 percent. Bocchetti said that CAMP not only provides academic support during the first year but also offers peer-to-peer mentoring, which has proven to be successful in overcoming common transitional barriers CAMP students encounter.

Each year CAMP provides outreach to 1,000 potential participants and recruits 60 eligible farm workers students who are most in need of academic, instructional, and support services. The program then provides these 60 students with admissions and academic support services to successfully complete their first year of college and continue in postsecondary education. These students also receive intensive academic, career counseling, and advising services, as well as financial aid and access to resources to support their first year of college. The program also provides follow-up services to enhance student’s retention and graduation rates.

For more information about CAMP, go to www.cwu.edu/camp.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu