WVC’s CAMP success leads to five more years of funding

Source: The Wenatchee World

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Valley College has received another five years of funding for a program that helps migrant and seasonal workers and their families succeed in college.

The federally funded College Assistant Migrant Program, which has been around since 1972, celebrated its 10-year anniversary at WVC last year. The program is funded in five-year grant cycles.

The third five-year grant, for $425,000 a year, was recently approved, a nod to the program’s success, said WVC CAMP Director Yuritzi Lozano.

“Our program provides wrap-around services to help our scholars integrate to the campus culture,” said Lozano said. “Our goal is to give them the tools they need to be successful.”

In many cases, participating CAMP students are the first of their family to attend college.

Since 2009, CAMP helped more than 550 WVC freshmen — about 55 each year — with academic, career and support services, financial assistance and community and follow-up services. As a result, more than 85 percent of those students enrolled for a second year at WVC, and more than 70 percent of those graduating each year continued their education at a four-year university.

Lozano said between 30% and 35% of the grant funds are used for direct financial support to students, which includes scholarships, book assistance, university visits, student leadership conferences, career-connected learning opportunities, housing and emergency financial assistance.

“Additionally, we provide academic, career and transfer planning for all of our students as well as academic instruction through our first year seminar,” she said.

The other 65% to 70% of the program funds are used for staff and overhead.

That split is comparable to other CAMP programs across the country, she said. The cost breakdown is approved by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education.

The average amount spent on each successful student is $9,000, she said.

As part of its grant renewal application, WVC’s CAMP received letters of support from community partners, including North Central Educational Service District, Chelan County PUD, Apple STEM Network, Wenatchee Learns Connect, GWATA, Columbia Valley Community Health, Eastmont School District, Wenatchee School District, WorkSource and the YMCA.

WVC has information about the program online at wvc.edu/CAMP.

WVC’s fall quarter applications are due Sept. 9. Classes start Sept. 23.