July 30, 2010
Arturo Martinez, associate dean in Milwaukee Area Technical College's Pre-College Division, recently participated in a meeting in Washington, D.C., that brought together representatives of the U.S. Department of Migrant Education, High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).
As part of the meeting, Martinez met with Martha J. Kanter, under secretary in the U.S. Department of Education. She oversees policies, programs, and activities related to post-secondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid and is the first community college leader to serve in the under secretary position.
Martinez is past president of the National HEP/CAMP Association. HEP and CAMP have existed since 1967 and 1972, respectively. HEP and CAMP are educational programs that serve students from migrant or seasonal farm worker families. HEP helps students who have dropped out of high school get their GED, and serves more than 7,000 students annually. CAMP assists students in their first year of college with academic, personal, and financial support. CAMP serves approximately 2,400 migrant participants annually. Overall, nearly three-quarters of all CAMP students graduate with baccalaureate degrees.