CAMP News of 2008/2009
Essays written by student mentor Gregorio Luis with the help of the CAMP Mentor team.
September 16-19, 2008 - Summer Institute
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.
We want to thank the Juan Young Trust Fund for granting us funding to run the very first CAMP Summer Institute. With your support we were able to provide 33 incoming freshmen/CAMP scholars an opportunity to prepare for their first year of their college career. These new students learned how to navigate the college system, get to know key staff on campus, build relationships and earned 2 college credits. Thank you Juan Young Trust Fund!
September 20, 2008 - Trip to Seaside OR.
After completing the summer institute, CAMP students had a trip to Seaside OR, having a day full of activities and a good time to know each other better. During the day at the beach, the students participated on icebreakers and team building activities that motivated them to remain in school and be prepared to face a new experience at a new academic level.
October 13, 2008 - Open House
On the third week of October 2008, CAMP offered an Open House presentation for the community. In the morning, the CAMP staff offered tours to the office, presenting the accomplishments of the program and how it has impacted students to succeed in their first year of college. In the afternoon, CAMP prepared a special presentation for the students’ parents so that they could meet with the CAMP director, advisor, and mentors to inaugurate the start of a new year of successes.
October 24, 2008 - "Dia de los Muertos" and the Harvest Festival Event
"El Dia de los muertos" event has become one of the main cultural events sponsored by CAMP members and staff on campus. On the last week of October fall 2008, CAMP students decided to set up an "altar" on campus as a way of celebrating this festivity, which is perhaps the most fascinating Latin American holiday. This particular event gave students the opportunity to spend more time together and honor their cultural backgrounds and beautiful traditions. During the same week, some students also supported ASPCC (student government) to organize the traditional Harvest Festival on campus.
November 20, 2008 - OSU trip
On Saturday, November 20, 2008, CAMP students had the opportunity to visit OSU (Oregon State University). They were able to meet and network with some faculty members and participate on a guided tour to meet the campus and its main buildings of each major or area. As another part of the visit, the OSU leaders presented a career fair prepared for students who wanted to get involved on agricultural majors and learn more about career opportunities.
December 12, 2008 – Secret Santa
On the last day of school, CAMP students celebrated the end of the first term, having a special gift interchange. This was a very memorable day for each student because they were motivated and recognized by Teresa Alonso, Director, who gave them words of encouragement and special thanks for being part of the CAMP program.
January 16, 2009 - High GPA awards (Fall 08)
On January 16, 2009, The College Assistance Migrant program at PCC Rock Creek took pride in recognizing the top students with highest GPAs during Fall 2008. These students, whom all maintained GPAs of 3.25 to 3.74, were formally awarded by Teresa Alonso, Director, during the student meeting. After the recognition took place, the students participated on a presentation by the Virginia Garcia Clinic.
February 7, 2009 - Parent College Day
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) organized a Parent College Day, offering workshops to help the parents of the CAMP students understand what is expected from their children while participating in the CAMP program. During the event, we had a career fair for the CAMP students. We also had motivational speakers, a student panel, and team building activities for the parents. This event provided the parents an opportunity to experience being college students through the "Parent College Day" event.
June 16, 2009 – End of the Year CAMP Celebration
The College Assistance Migrant Program held its graduation ceremony in the Event Center at PCC Rock Creek. The CAMP students were excited to share what they had learned as a CAMP scholar, and what they had experienced during their first year in the college environment.
Some students had an opportunity to present their Service Learning Projects that focused on the CAMP National Blood Drive, and the PCC Migrant CAMP fundraiser. The night of graduation was full of excitement by bringing the CAMP staff, and the students, with their parents, together to celebrate their accomplishments for the 2008-09 school year.
The entertainment part of the event included the participation of a Hip Hop Dance and a Musical performance by the students and mentors. At the end, as recognition for their hard work and dedication to school, the CAMP students received a certificate of completion and were encouraged to continue their education as a college student.
CAMP in the News (2008-2009)
The College Assistance Migrant Program has been featured in the following print and online publications:
- Beaverton Valley Times (April 2, 2009): Latino youth get career boost, success tips from Nike mentors
- El Hispanic News (April 2, 2009): Teresa Alonso’s path of success makes a stop at Harvard (page 6)
- El Hispanic News (May 7, 2009): Mi Sangre, Tu Sangre: PCC CAMP students join national blood drive (page 4) and Hispanic Chamber Awards scholarships to 46 students (Page 5)
- Univision – Noticias Noroeste (May 13, 2009): CAMP Blood Drive Interview
- EL Hispanic News (June 25, 2009): Two PCC students selected for national Latina program (page 6)
- The Portland Upside (July 11, 2009): Mentorship Gives Migrant Students Brighter Future