SEASIDE, Ca., August 2, 2019 – California State University, Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has been selected to receive a five-year $2,125,000 grant from the United States Department of Education. CAMP is a federally-funded program designed to assist CSUMB’s migrant students and seasonal farmworker first-time freshmen by providing holistic services that assist those students in reaching a level of self-efficacy that ensures their academic and personal success.
Since 2014, CAMP has supported more than 300 students at CSUMB and has seen a 54 percent four-year graduation rate from students who have been a part of the program.
"We greatly appreciate this continued support from the U.S. Department of Education for a program that is so important for our region. This grant will enhance our ability to support students from migrant backgrounds by offering comprehensive services that increase postsecondary educational opportunities and prepares them for a career.”— CSUMB Director for College Support Programs, Clementina Macias
The funding will allow CAMP to offer a comprehensive program of support services and activities to include a Summer Bridge component, bilingual financial aid and college transition workshops, scholarship assistance, cultural, recreational and educational activities, health and counseling screenings and leadership development along with limited follow-up services provided to participants after their first year.
Programs such as CAMP directly support the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025, which is a university-wide initiative to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be successful and graduate according to their personal goals, positively impacting their future and producing additional graduates to power California and the nation.