College Assistant Migrant Program
The Washington Supplemental Grant for College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) originated in 2001. The state-funded grant program provides funding for direct student services to attract and retain students from among the migrant and seasonal farm worker population.
The majority of federal funds are targeted to assist entering first year students, with limited funds authorized to assist returning students. State funded services are meant to supplement the work of services provided through the federal CAMP contract or institutional dollars used for this targeted population.
Contracted services vary by institution, according to the specific needs of the campus population. Examples of services include: orientation to college, instruction in study skills, tutoring, one-on-one counseling, mentoring, health screenings, and financial assistance.
CAMP providers to pool and leverage a portion of their grant dollars to organize an annual consortium event in which CAMP students from across the state come together to train in leadership and networking skills. Participating students then return to their campuses to consolidate their skills through outreach and recruitment efforts, by organizing and facilitating similar leadership workshops to mentor local high school migrant and farmworker students.
The Supplemental Grant for CAMP provides direct student services that support recruitment and enhances retention of these first generation students in higher education.
With continued growth of the migrant and farm worker population in Washington, an educated leadership is vital for improving the economic sufficiency of the resident community now and in future.
The state-funded supplemental CAMP grant supports necessary steps to inspire higher levels of education and achievement for these individuals. The total appropriations for the program have remained unchanged over the history of the program, at $25,000 per fiscal year, and $50,000 each biennium.
More information can be found at the U.S. Department of Education – CAMP.