Essays written by student mentor Gregorio Luis with the help of the CAMP Mentor team.

Graduation/Celebración de FinJune 12, 2010 - End of the Year Celebration 2010

On Saturday June 12, the CAMP students celebrated their accomplishments, successfully completing the College Assistance Migrant Program, class of 2010. We had the honor of having Narce Rodriguez, Dean of Students Development from the Rock Creek campus welcome the families and encouraged the students to continue their education and become leaders in the community. As a special guest speaker, we had Juan Serratos a success story of the Chemeketa Community College CAMP Program, give our CAMP program completers, some words of wisdom, he encouraged them to stay motivated and to never give up in school and that they can overcome difficulties with hard work and perseverance. The students received a certificate of completion from The CAMP staff including Teresa Alonso, Director of the CAMP Program, Mario Mesquita program advisor and Domenica Mendoza program administrative assistant. In Teresa’s closing remarks, she encouraged the student’s parents to stay involved in their children’s education as they through the higher education system, by communicating with them and providing them with lots of support and encouragement, she reminded them that these acts can go a long way.

April 11, 2010 - Latino Fair in Hillsboro

Latino Fair

On Sunday April 11, the College Assistance Migrant Program attended one of the most important community events in Hillsboro to celebrate the Latino culture in the city, where attended around 1500 guests. CAMP students and mentors gather together to promote CAMP and inform the community about college opportunities and scholarships available from PCC. The CAMP program was glad to participate in the fair, providing important information about resources from Portland Community College. We had the opportunity to meet community members who shared their traditions, food, and music with the rest of the community. It was great to see how other organizations joined the fair and informed the public of the many services and programs the community can benefit from.

March 19, 2010 - CAMP Student Interview

The CAMP student Veronica Montoya went to an interview at the television program “Noticieros Noroeste” with Delia Hernandez on March 19, 2010. Veronica talked about her experiences going to a Conference in Chicago and the importance of education. She encouraged students to continue in school and go to college to be successful.

March 12, 2010 - Cesar Chávez Conference 2010

The CAMP program attended the Cesar Chavez Conference as part of the exhibitors group, to inform high school students about educational programs and requirements related to the admission process, and scholarship opportunities such as the CAMP program. The event was successful because we had the opportunity to connect with many students, informing them about many resources available at Portland Community College.

February 19, 2010 - OHSU ConferenceCesar Chavez Conference

A group of CAMP students participated in the OHSU Health conference; they attended important workshops related to the medical and technology fields. Our CAMP students were happy to hear personal experiences and anecdotes from current OHSU students, being inspired to continue their education and reach their academic goals.

January 18, 2010 - MLK Drive

MLK Drive

On Monday, January 18, in honor of Martin Luther King, CAMP participated in a nationwide food drive called “A Day On, Not a Day Off”. For this event, CAMP worked with the leadership groups at PCC Rock Creek, collecting as a whole 7000 + lbs, plus 450 dollars for the Oregon Food Bank. Students volunteered at two grocery stores collecting canned food for the Oregon Food Bank. This event taught the students the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community.

November 18, 2009

CAMP gets recognized by Portland Mayor Sam Adams in his proclamation for Latino Achievements.

November 14, 2009 – Parent College Day

Parent College Day

CAMP organized the annual Parent College Day on November, offering workshops, a career fair, a student panel, and team building activities to help the parents of the CAMP students understand what is expected from their children while participating in the CAMP program. The program featured workshops such as “How to Succeed in College” by Caleb Rosado, Ph.D., in addition to a PCC class about scholarships and Financial Aid. The parents had the opportunity to experience being college students for one day.

October 23-30, 2009 – “Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos event was fun and exciting! We got the opportunity to work real hard with a group of CAMP mentees to set up an amazing altar in honor of our fellow family members who have died. We believe that this experience gave us the opportunity to see the mentees and some fellow mentors work hard to accomplish our goal which was to decorate the altar and make it stand out. Working together as a team helped us accomplish our goal. We got the opportunity to see some bright students volunteering their time to set up the altar. We took time and many of us to achieve this task, yet at the end, the altar was well done by an amazing team of CAMP students!

September 29-30, 2009 – 50/50 Raffle

A few weeks into the beginning of fall 2009, the CAMP students had the opportunity to volunteer for the first time at PCC Rock Creek as well as the opportunity to meet each other. The students organized a 50/50 raffle, which simply involved the sale of raffle tickets with the earnings being split evenly between the winner and the group. This was an effort to raise funds for the end-of-the-year trip, earning approximately a total of $50.00.

September 3, 2009 – OSU Ropes Course

Actividades de desafío en OSU

Our trip began early in the morning towards Corvallis home of the Beavers. Once having got to Corvallis, we were immediately greeted by volunteers. Soon after greeting one another, they had prepared some warm up games. The game consisted of calling out numbers in chronological order, then touching them once they had been called out. Sounded easy, but it was quite tricky, and everyone got a bit competitive with the numbers game. Having had the warm up game being a success, the volunteers split the Campers up into smaller groups to explain the rules that consisted when doing high ropes courses. There had a zip line, balancing wire and log climbing and various others that appeared quite simple, but were rather elaborate when doing them. After a few hours of rope climbing we all got to eat lunch together, and socialized about the courses we had each took part in. To end the day, we all gathered in a circle and shared one thing that stood out. Together we each shared at least one thing, that brought our CAMP group closer and more open minded.

August 30 - September 3, 2009 – Summer Orientation

CAMP students

A few weeks before fall 2008, CAMP students attended the summer orientation where they completed workshops and classes to learn about the CAMP program in depth and also explore their own personal challenges as a new college student. This week of orientation helped students learn to attain academic success by encouraging them to take a positive approach to their academic goals. Most importantly, students learned skills like leadership, responsibility and communication that would facilitate them to grasp the different resources available on campus.