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Summer Program Helps Migrant Students Get Ahead
By Amanda Perez, Intern
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Posted: 07/14/2009
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The University of Texas-Pan American was host to the Migrant University Summer Experience for the second consecutive summer. MUSE served up to 100 rising Rio Grande Valley junior and senior migrant students.


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Pictured are MUSE students Nelley Cruz-Garza, PSJA High School student, and Valerie Garcia, Palmview High School student, during their internship at the UTPA Student Union.

“This is a great opportunity to experience university life and to learn about valuable resources offered at the university,” Jeanette Broshears, associate dean of students, said.

MUSE was created in 2008 to offer migrant students the opportunity to gain university level experience, while attaining two high school credits. Some are given the opportunity to earn college credit. In addition, students received on-campus college residential experience, paid professional workplace internships and college readiness and leadership seminars.

“All classes are selected for students based on the request of their respective counselors and all internships are based on the student’s strengths and requests,” Broshears said.

For students like Donna High School senior Ruben Hernandez, this was a great opportunity to get ahead in classes, get paid and have fun while doing it.

“I have had fun working in the Student Union, meeting new people and getting ahead,” Hernandez said. “Knowing that I won’t have to worry about some classes my senior year is a great feeling as well.”

If not for the MUSE summer program, Hernandez would be in South Carolina with his family working in the tobacco fields.

Harlingen High School South senior Rebecca Mendoza also agrees that it has been a great summer experience and encourages others to take advantage of the program.

“I’ve taken classes, lived in the dorms and worked in the Student Union, so now I know what to expect during college,” Mendoza said. “It is good to know that people care about migrant students and give us these opportunities.”

To wrap up the summer, MUSE participants can look forward to traveling parts of Texas to visit St. Edwards University, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M and The University of Texas at San Antonio. A pit stop at Fiesta Texas is also in route. All is followed by a graduation ceremony to mark the completion of the program.

For more information about MUSE, contact Broshears at 956/381-2899.

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