TAMIU Gets $1.7 Million Grant Supporting College Assistance Migrant Program
Texas A&M International University will receive a five-year grant
from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $1.7 million in support
of a new program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).
Francisco Garcia, director of the DOE's Office of Migrant Education,
notified the University of the award, which will provide $340,000 annually
to support the effort. Dr. Julio F. Madrigal, professor and director of
Special Programs, will head the CAMP program.
The program is one of only three new CAMP projects funded nationwide.
University president Dr. Ray Keck said the project funding further underscores
the University's commitment to making higher education accessible.
"Our fundamental mission at the University is to make higher education
accessible to all. This program provides incentives and opportunities
to enhance that accessibility for bright students traditionally inhibited
by their family's migrant work schedule. We are looking forward to working
with these students to realize their higher education dreams," Dr.
CAMP will identify and provide services to approximately 40 eligible
participants from low-income, migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds.
The program goal is to enable students to successfully complete their
first academic year of college and acquire the motivation necessary for
success at TAMIU.
Dr. Madrigal said students will be recruited from targeted high schools
in the South Texas border region, home to a large migrant population and
an agricultural center.
"Our research shows that some 522 students in our targeted high
schools will be eligible for project services. We will welcome them with
a coordinated community response that will include academic, financial
and social support they need to be successful in their pursuit of higher
education," Dr. Madrigal explained.
Madrigal said the program will conduct diagnostic needs assessments
of program participants and develop a customized plan of action specific
to the needs of each migrant student.
Among components of the CAMP program are a freshman seminar class for
selected participants, recruitment and outreach activities; personal,
academic and career counseling; tutoring; academic instruction, academic
skill-building activities; financial aid and life-skills exploration.
Assisting Madrigal in delivering the CAMP program will be CAMP director
Efrain Sánchez and Martha S. Treviño, outreach/ retention
The grant application was prepared with the assistance of the University's
Office of Grant Resources, headed by Cristina Hernandez.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Madrigal at the Office
of Special Programs, 326.2702, visit offices in the Student Center, room
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