College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

The Yakima Valley College (YVC) CAMP program provides eligible migrant and/or seasonal farm-working students in the south-central Washington region access to higher education and supports their academic, personal and career needs to ensure they successfully complete their first academic year at YVC.

CAMP Student Services

We support students in their academic, personal, and career development by providing them with the tools to enhance their educational foundation. We offer opportunities to build your leadership skills in the community and with your family.

Tell Me More About CAMP

Student support services for CAMP

  • Student training stipends
  • Access to technology such as laptop or hotspot
  • Free tutoring
  • Academic advising and counseling
  • Financial aid and scholarship application assistance
  • Personal and career development support
  • Leadership skill-building and development
  • College success guidance
  • Cultural enrichment opportunities
  • Emergency medical, dental, or vision assistance

What we offer

CAMP applications are reviewed as they are received.  Any applications received after all spaces are filled will be placed on the waitlist.

Apply to CAMP

To begin the application process for CAMP:

  1. Complete the YVC Admission Application
  2. Complete the CAMP application

You can also mail your application to:

YVC CAMP
500 W. Main St.
Grandview, WA. 98930

  1. Complete the Employer Verification Form if needed: Contact YVC CAMP Recruiter for the form.
  2. Email a copy of the following documents to CAMP:
    1. High school or GED transcript (unofficial)
    2. Placement scores. Placement services are available.
    3. Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion confirmation with the expected family contribution (EFC)
  3. Contact the YVC CAMP Recruiter for more information and assistance on how to obtain a certificate of eligibility from the Migrant Education Program or Employer Verification.

CAMP Eligibility

A student is eligible for YVC CAMP by meeting one of the following requirements:

  1. You or your immediate family members have engaged in migrant seasonal farm work for at least 75 days within the last 24 months as a migrant seasonal farm worker in activity directly related to:
    • Fish farms
    • Livestock production
    • Poultry
    • Seasonal dairy
    • The cultivation and/or harvesting of agricultural crops
    • Tree cultivation and/or harvesting
  1. You have participated or been eligible to participate in the Title 1C Migrant Education Program (MEP)
  2. You or their parent/guardian as qualified for the Workforce Investment Act 167 Program (WIA 167)

AND,

  • Graduated from high school with a diploma OR enrolled in a High School Equivalency Program (HEP) within the last 12 months and graduated with a GED
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Eligible to receive financial aid (FAFSA). Complete your FAFSA.
  • First year student applicant at YVC. Apply to YVC.

Student Expectations

CAMP’s goal is to increase access to higher education admissions and enrollment to students with migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds. Your commitment and agreement to participate in the program is an essential part towards achieving your educational and career goals. Each CAMP student is required to fulfill the following expectations while enrolled in the program.

  • Meet with advisor at least 2 times per quarter
  • Attend
    • Classes
    • Tutoring sessions
    • Recommended workshops
    • CAMP events and activities
    • Student/faculty conference sessions and submit the form 3 times per quarter
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average while completing 15 credits per quarter

Contact Retention Specialist before adding or dropping classes to discuss financial aid impacts.

CAMP Services

The following services are available to CAMP students:

Recruitment
Our Recruiter conducts outreach throughout the south-central Washington region and provides support through the YVC and CAMP admissions process.

Academic and Career Advising
Our Retention Specialist supports you in your educational and career goals including transfer options through one-on-one advising sessions.

Student Training Stipend
CAMP students receive up to a $1,300 training stipend for participating in the program.

Free tutoring
One-on-one tutoring is available to all CAMP students at no cost.

Access to Technology
Laptops, hotspots, and calculators are available for check out to all CAMP students at no cost.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Application Assistance
Assistance is provided to CAMP students in applying for financial aid and scholarships in order to continue pursuing their educational goals beyond the first year of study.

Textbook Loan: CAMP maintains a small library of textbooks for the benefit of our students. The textbooks are on loan to you and must be returned to CAMP by the last day of finals.

Including Others Such As:

  • Internship/community service learning opportunities
  • Academic workshops and seminars
  • Leadership skill-building and development
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • College success course enrollment
CAMP Support Request Form
Apply Now to CAMP
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Mission Statement

YVC CAMP provides the academic resources and social emotional support essential to cultivate the educational and career goals of students with migrant and seasonal farmworking backgrounds during their first year of study.

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Vision Statement

To enhance the quality of life through education, YVC CAMP employs the belief that each participant brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge everyone can learn from in the community.

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Equity Statement

YVC CAMP is committed to prioritizing equity and inclusion throughout the program using equity mindedness outreach and retention approaches. YVC CAMP advocates for students with migrant and seasonal farmworking backgrounds to ensure their needs are addressed holistically.

Meet the CAMP Staff

Hilda (Ilda) Guzmán

Hola mi gente maravillosa! Hello my beautiful people! My name is Ilda Guzmán, YVC CAMP Director/Principal Investigator (PI). It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Yakima Valley College (YVC) College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). I am here to serve and support you in your personal, educational, and professional pursuits while at YVC and beyond. In looking back at my educational journey, it looks more like the curvy street located in San Francisco, California also known as Lombard Street, than the straight avenue in front of YVC in Yakima known as 16th Ave. I earned my GED at YVC in 1993, and the journey of pursuing my degrees since then continues to this day. I enjoy learning by reading lots of materials and other sources, but I most enjoy learning from people. I look forward to learning from each of you, your family and your communities while at CAMP. I learn from you just as much as you will learn from me. Welcome to our CAMP family/familia!

Hola familia de CAMP!! My name is Marivy Vasquez, the YVC CAMP Retention Specialist and Curriculum Advisor. I am excited to help you find your passion in life, remove the blocks that have kept you from meeting your academic goals, and learn how to achieve the best career you have always dreamed.

I know from my own life experience and helping young adults that putting yourself first and asking for help can keep up fear and this becomes a barrier for success.  As a migrant student myself, I know how difficult it is to find someone to connect with within higher education and to learn how to navigate the system.  I am here for you!!

Contact Us

Ilda Guzmán, ABDDirector/Principal Investigator (PI)
509.882.7070
Marivy VasquezRetention Specialist and Curriculum Advisor
509.574.4701
Schedule an appointment
Christian VillegasRecruiter and Outreach Specialist
Phone: 509.574.4741
Text: 509.504.6361