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Current Issue: July 29, 2002
Volume 38, Number 2

Migrant program recruits students to attend UNM

By Jason Gil Bear

The University has implemented a new program that actively recruits eligible migrant and seasonal farm worker students. The program, The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Migrant Education.

The program started this January at UNM -- one of two universities in the state participating in the program.

The program goals are to identify, recruit and admit eligible high school students across New Mexico and provide them with the support they need to achieve a successful college education.

Adrian Pedroza, CAMP academic advisor, said that when the program began three students were recruited, but for the Fall 2002 semester 35 students are being recruited for the program. "It’s amazing to see students who at one time believed that going to college and getting a higher education was unattainable prepare to begin their first semester," he said.

Pedroza said most of these students’ parents are originally from Mexico, but have migrated to the U.S. to pursue work.

To qualify for the program, a student or his or her guardian must have spent a minimum of 75 days during the past 24 months as a migrant or seasonal farm worker, be enrolled or admitted as a full-time student at UNM and have financial need.

For more information, call UNM Special Programs at 277-3096 or visit their website www.specialprograms.unm.edu.