TVCC receives $2.5 million grant
Treasure Valley Community College is excited to announce it has received a $2.5 million
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) federal grant from the U.S. Department of
Education. The five-year grant provides academic and financial support services to
eligible students from migrant and seasonal farmworker families as they complete their
first academic year of college and continue into a second year.
This is the second time TVCC has been awarded this grant. TVCC first received the CAMP grant in 2016 and was awarded a one-year extension on the initial five-year grant in 2021.
In 2021, TVCC applied for the grant but was not selected for a continued grant. The College self-funded the services for 15 students while it sought funding from potential donors. Additional awards from the U.S Department of Education were just released in April and TVCC was notified it received the grant on this second round.
The U.S. Department of Education grants CAMP are highly competitive. In this recent award cycle, TVCC and Oregon State University were the only Oregon schools to be awarded CAMP grants.
“We have been committed to continuing the CAMP program at TVCC,” said TVCC President Dr. Dana M. Young. “Many migrant and seasonal farmworker families dream about attending college and we want them to know a college education is within their reach. Securing the CAMP grant will help us welcome them to TVCC with focused support specifically designed to meet their needs.”
The first group of 30 students will begin fall quarter and the program will add 35 students in years two through five. The CAMP grant seeks to offer support to the students in three areas:
~Academic support through college and career planning, progress tracking, advising, tutoring summer residential programs, STEM and supplemental curriculum;
~Financial academic support through family financial aid workshops and application assistance, book loan program, scholarship assistance, employment connections, opportunities for fellowships and internships and career preparation; and
~Personal resources through leadership development, mental health and wellness programming, college tours, cultural experiences, and connections to basics needs resources.
The program’s projected outcomes are that 86% of the CAMP participants will complete their first year of college, and 92% of the CAMP participants will continue into their second year of college after completing their first year of higher education.
“It took a tremendous amount of effort college-wide to secure this grant,” Dr. Young added. “I want to thank everyone who worked on the grant and made sure we kept focused on serving these students.”
More information about program eligibility and applications for students is available at www.tvcc.cc/camp/