The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) at The University of Texas-Pan American were awarded substantial grants by the U.S. Department of Education July 9 to assist migrant students in the pursuit of their higher education endeavors.
UTPA's HEP, a federally-funded program that serves 125 students each academic year, was one of two programs in Texas to receive funding totaling $475,000. HEP offers preparatory classes, testing, and placement in employment or postsecondary education for migrant or seasonal farmworkers who dropped out of high school and wish to acquire a GED.
Sixteen grants totaling $7,159,488 were awarded to programs in 11 states including California, Colorado, Florida, and Wisconsin. According to the Office of Migrant Education (OME), HEP nationally serves more than 7,000 students annually.
CAMP at UTPA, which serves 70 students each year, received a total of $425,000 out of $5,363,734. The grant was one of 13 bestowed to programs in nine states including Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Nationally, CAMP provides services to more than 2,000 students annually according to OME.
CAMP provides outreach, recruitment, academic, supportive and financial assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers to help them successfully complete the first academic year of college and to continue in postsecondary education. Additional services include academic advising, monthly stipend, tutoring, personal counseling, career development, life management skills development, and educational/cultural trips.