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The Sky’s the Limit for Migrant Students at Hartnell

April 23rd, 2008

Hartnell College and Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE)’s Migrant Education Region XVI are holding a Migrant Outreach Day on Friday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hartnell. Nearly 160 high school juniors and seniors will attend this event that is intended to smooth the transition between high school and college.

The day will begin with welcoming addresses from Hartnell’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kathleen Rose and from Abel Salazar, a kindergarten teacher at Chualar Elementary School who is an alumnus of the Migrant Education program at Greenfield High School. He graduated from California State University Monterey Bay.

The students will then attend a series of workshops designed to inspire and acquaint them with the services and programs available to help them succeed in college, including financial aid, transfer, registering for classes, and creating an education plan.

Dr. Max Cuevas, CEO of Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, will provide the keynote address to students during the closing ceremony. His talk, ‘From migrant student to medical doctor,” will begin at 2:45 p.m. in the college gymnasium.

“We want the students to get an early start in feeling comfortable about coming to college,” said Manuel Bersamin, director of Hartnell’s TRiO program and one of the organizers of this event. “Migrant students face so many obstacles, and we want to show them that obtaining a college education is something that they can do. We want to make the transition from high school to college as seamless as possible.”

Monterey County has more than 28,000 migrant children eligible for migrant education services, which include academic tutoring, leadership programs, and other academic and social support services and activities.

For more information, please contact Manuel Bersamin at 831-759-6013.