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Chemeketa staff advocates for migrant education in D.C.

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa staff in Washington D.C.Last month a team of Chemeketa staff members went to Washington DC to meet with Oregon’s Congressional delegation and support efforts of the federal Office of Migrant Education (OME).

Programs offered by the OME include –

  • High School Equivalency Program (HEP) which focuses on providing GED test preparation for students
  • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) which provides supplemental financial assistance and support services, with the goal of preparing students to continue their education and obtain a degree.

Currently, there are 36 HEP programs and 37 CAMP programs across the country. Chemeketa offers both of these programs.

Chemeketa’s HEP and CAMP delegation met with the offices of Rep. Kurt Schrader and senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. They sought to advocate for continued and increased funding, along with participating in annual planning and training.

Advocates asked for increased funding of $5 billion to the U. S. Department of Education to support an addition of 11 new programs. They also shared the challenges and successes of both programs as well as the positive impacts and opportunities that students receive from both programs.

Chemeketa’s HEP program serves 70 students per year and is currently entering the third year of a five year grant cycle. CAMP serves 55 first-year students per year.

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