A delegation from Chemeketa received a grant from the Consulate of Mexico in Portland to increase the number of bilingual and bicultural teachers in Oregon. The $5,000 award is to support Mexican or Mexican-American students with an emphasis on Dreamers in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The funds will help students in Chemeketa’s Bilingual Education program. Chemeketa’s goal for 2016-2017 is to provide tuition assistance to help 12-20 students. Often, students in this program are enrolled less than full-time, so amounts of tuition assistance vary according to enrollment and need. Eligible full-time students receive up to $500 per term, part-time students may receive up to $350 per term, and students enrolled in one class may receive up to $200 per term.
The infusion of new funding from the Consulate of Mexico will allow for a match of this student tuition assistance for winter and spring terms. Details regarding this program are available here.