UNM CAMP Program Receives Funding

June 28, 2011 - Dorene DiNaro

The UNM College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP) was recently re-awarded funding in the amount of $410,767 for one year from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, and the program anticipates that the grant will be for a total of five years. 

CAMP is funded by the Office of Migrant Education under the U.S. Education Department with the purpose of assisting students who have seasonal farmwork backgrounds either themselves or their parents, and are enrolled or admitted for enrollment on a full-time basis in the first academic year at higher education institution. 

UNM First implemented the CAMP program in 2001 and by the time the 2011 academic year concludes over 230 students will have successfully completed the program. 

According to Ivan Olay, UNM CAMP program specialist, this award will allow the program to continue to recruit 35 graduating CAMP-eligible high school students annually and give them the necessary support, knowledge and resources to successfully complete their freshman year.   

“We are excited to receive the funding again, and are looking forward to the challenge of improving the program even more,” Olay says.

Once the students are enrolled in the program they will be provided with all materials and books necessary for their course work and will learn the academic/university system through a freshman seminar, monthly workshops, bi-weekly meetings with their academic advisors and cultural events.   

Hilda Martinez a student who participated in the program this year says that she is grateful for the program which was very supportive during her freshman year.  “It was a lot of fun bonding with everyone during my first year and having them as my family,” she says.

The CAMP program is located in Mesa Vista Hall room 3045.  For more information, visit http://ceop.unm.edu/camp/index.html.