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News Release – August 1, 2006

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CAMP Alum Achieves Bachelor’s Degree

Martha Moreno’s New Path

Martha MorenoUKIAH, CA — “I have created a new path from scratch, a harder one to follow, but nonetheless my own,” states Martha Moreno, the first Mendocino College CAMP alum to graduate from a four-year institution.  

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded five year grant that enables students, who come from a migrant or seasonal farm-working background, to successfully complete their first year of college and subsequently enroll and complete each academic year after that.  “Mendocino College received a CAMP grant in the Fall of 2002, and since then almost 200 students have gone through the program, with many completing certificate programs, degree programs, or transferring to a four-year university,” explains CAMP Director Minerva Flores Ocegueda.  

In June of 2003, Martha Moreno became the first member of her family to complete high school and go on to college.  At Mendocino College, Martha became part of CAMP.  The program provided her with financial support in the form of book grants and living allowance stipends; academic and personal counseling; health education and screenings; as well as academic and cultural excursions.  This program has been monumental in helping students succeed and reach their educational and professional goals.    
Martha graduated from Mendocino College in the fall of 2004, and transferred to Chico State University in the spring of 2005.  Martha majored in History with an emphasis in Education, with the expectation to later become a high school teacher. In the spring of 2006, Martha graduated from Chico State University with a 3.00 GPA. Martha will begin graduate school this fall to earn a single subject teaching credential in History.  Martha also plans to obtain her juris doctorate while teaching to become a lawyer and civil rights advocate.   
Martha Moreno continues to support current and past CAMP students, encouraging them to “Take advantage of the opportunities that programs like CAMP, EOPS [Extended Opportunities Programs & Services] and HEP [High School Equivalency Program] have to offer.  They are here because you are.”  Her words assist in promoting the effectiveness of these programs and highlight the need for specific student support services.  

CAMP currently has 50 students for the 2006-2007 academic year and will be up for refunding in 2007.
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