KU Receives $2.37 Million for Migrant Farmworker Student and Family Success Program

The Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) at the University of Kansas (KU) has received $2.37 million over five years for the Heartland College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), a freshman college success program that supports children of migrant farm workers.

The program – funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education – aims to help students from migrant farming backgrounds successfully start college to break cycles of poverty and disruption of schooling that accompanies agricultural work.

“Even when students from these backgrounds are accepted into university, if they lack the full range of support services, the likelihood of their success is disproportionate,” CEOP Director Dr Ngondi said. Kamaṱuka. “A confluence of socio-economic disadvantage works against these students, but this program provides the kind of support system that can make the difference between staying in school and thriving, and dropping out.”

CEOP CAMP — which joins more than 50 other CAMPs nationwide — will help those at KU, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Metropolitan Community College, and Western Iowa Tech Community College.

175 students from the four schools will receive a freshman scholarship, a laptop, counseling, academic support and community development opportunities.

Ryan H. Bowman