POSTED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 7:35pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 11:39am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — 45 students at the University of Texas at Brownsville are part of the College Assistance Migrant Program or CAMP.
"The program provides academic and finical assistance, those are the two main components. The students receive services in forms of books for all classes and for those that live outside of Brownsville receive a dorm scholarship." said Program Director Noel Rodriguez.
The program also provides monthly stipends, tutoring, and mentoring for the students.
In order to qualify for the federally funded program you must be a US citizen or permanent resident, a high school graduate, have been accepted to UTB, and the student must also come from a family with migrant and seasonal background.
Camp program Director Noel Rodriguez says around 600 students have been part of camp program since it started in 2002. He says many of them have gone onto do great things.
One of those success stories is Jacyln Esocebo. The UTB grad grew up in Brownsville. When she was young she worked with her dad on the shrimp boats. She attended pace high school, and went to UTB where she graduated last December with a degree in bilingual education.
Since January Escobedo has been working with Harlingen CISD as a 5th grade teacher at Stuart Place Elementary teacher.
Escobedo says she credits the C.A.M.P program for where she is today.
"It showed me determination, being focused on what I wanted in life, that's what put me through school knowing I wanted something better, you know that I need to help my family out since they helped me out so much, I have migrant students and I do know what they are going through so I do help them out with what they need, I have a better understanding of things."said Escobedo.