Migrant Academic Achievement Residental Summer Program

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Friday, June 29, 2012 - 8:19am

It's called MAARS or the Migrant Academic Achievement Residential Summer program.
It's for juniors and senior migrant high school students from around the Valley.
The students go through a six and half week program at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.
The students take classes including English, math, and art earning high school credit.

"All of them are migrant students, so the beauty of this program is it is a residential program the students are staying at the dorms they get up like a regular college student its there responsibility to get up and go to class they have a class from 8-10 and 10- 12."

One student participating in the MAARS program is Joscelyne Bazaldua. She is a senior at Veterans Memorial in Mission.
When she graduates she hopes to become a Spanish teacher and she says this program is preparing her to do that.

"Being here I have been more responsible and try to tutoring and all that by myself and getting my initiative and everything."

Linda Jurdado is a senior at Sharyland high school in Mission also in the MAARS program.
She hopes to go to college in Austin and says program has really prepared her.

"It gives me a lot of experience what to expect in college you don't have your parents anymore its like your on your own."

This is the first year of the MAARS program is TSTC and the staff part of the program cannot be any happier than how things are going so far.

"We have wonderful staff and wonderful students and I am proud of everybody and we working on the ultimate goal post secondary education and to receive to credits at the end."
"That there at not asking themselves they are going to go to college because they have been there and experienced a very meaningful experience at the college."

A total of 66 students are taking part in this years MAARS or the Migrant Academic Achievement Residential summer program.

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