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CAMP Hold Recruitment Fair for Next School Year

Saturday, January 11, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

CampNew College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) director Diana Lucio has kept herself busy to start the new Spring Semester at Texas State Technical College.

CAMP is currently running a recruitment drive for next year's cohort. The program will be holding the drive from January 15 through February 15 and the priority deadline for the applications is February 17.

CAMP is a migrant education program designed to offer support and meet the special needs of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in pursuing higher education.

The intent of the program is to assist these students in applying and gaining access to a college. The program provides intensive services during the students' first year in college and CAMP staff is available to assist students throughout their stay at the college. The CAMP is funded by the United States Department of Education.

Robert Rodriguez of San Juan is enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program and has maintained a 3.4 GPA in his first semester at TSTC. Rodriguez said CAMP has helped alleviate some of the burden that comes with being a first-year college student.

"CAMP's helped me out in so many ways but the biggest is helping me with books," Rodriguez said. "Books can get expensive and I also have to buy my own tools. So they've really helped me out a lot."

CAMP is currently accepting applications from high school seniors and adults with no college hours. IN order to be eligible, a student must be fully admitted to TSTC as a full-time freshman and eligible for the Pell Grant.

A student must have participated in migrant or seasonal farm work and be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

"Our CAMP students receive all types of help including support services, financial assistance, leadership and cultural enrichment activities and housing," Lucio said. "Our graduation rate is higher than that of the general student body. We make sure the students get what they need in order to complete college."

CAMP, which is in its third year at TSTC, works closely with other migrant programs through the College Readiness and Advancement Division.

"We have the largest number of migrant students than any other place in the state here in the Valley," Lucio said. "So this is where they're at and we have to help them."

For more information on CAMP to or register online, go to http://www.tstc.edu/harlingencamp or contact the CAMP office at 956-364-4172 or 956-364-4990.











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