Student Reflections on the College Assistance Migrant Program Experience

Anna Escamilla



College students from farmworker families are considered to be ill-prepared to take on the rigors of higher education. It is thought that because of interruptions in their primary and secondary education they will be so behind that they would never catch up with college requirements. However, persistence appears to be a quality common to this population and a resource for completion of the undergraduate degree. The millenial students studied here show more information about college prior to starting than previous farmworker students.  Working in groups of other farmwork students also supports their efforts in post-secondary education. Family support was limited to reminders of their goals as opposed to hands on assistance with their studies. They wanted to have a connection with their families rather than focus on independence.







Keyword: migrant farmworkers, persistence, self-motivation, millenials




Higher education, CAMP, Migrant Students

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