College Assistance Migrant Program receives $2.2 million grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Education
Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Posted: July 14, 2010
(Denver, Colo.) — The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Metropolitan State College of Denver has been awarded a five-year $2.2 million grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education.
“This is really exciting news for us,” said CAMP Budget and Recruitment Manager Rory Korpela, who’s slated to become CAMP’s director next month. “The renewal grant gives us the opportunity to take CAMP to a whole new level, to do a lot more with our students.”
In operation at Metro State since 1999, CAMP has served more than 400 students to date. The program is designed to meet the academic, financial and social needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers and their children in pursing higher education. The program provides compressive support services to about 30 students per semester during their first year of schooling or until they have earned 30 academic credit hours.
CAMP provides students with 50 percent reimbursement for tuition and fees for their first year. Depending on the student’s specific circumstances, an additional living expense stipend of $150 per month and health insurance can be provided if needed. Students are expected to strive to obtain GPA’s above 3.0 and also are shown how to apply for scholarships and financial aid to maintain momentum upon completion of the CAMP program.
The program boasts an 85 percent retention rate from freshman to sophomore year, and CAMP students tend to have a higher GPA than other students. “We’ve had great success with the CAMP program already,” said Korpela, “and it’s a vital portion of the College’s goal of becoming a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.”
The program seeks to not only retain students, but more importantly to teach them life skills that will make them self sufficient on many levels. They participate in special activities designed to ease their adjustment to college life and are expected to establish a peer support structure, which is done through team-building activities on campus and in Denver’s urban core.
When possible, CAMP also tracks each student’s path beyond graduation and into their careers
About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 23,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans, and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 66,000 alumni, with the bulk of them remaining in Colorado after graduation.