A History of CAMP at WSU 

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Educational Systems Corporation, a private educational research company developed the original CAMP concept for the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), which was created as part of the Johnson Administration's War on Poverty.


The first CAMP grants were awarded to Adams State College, California State College, Pan American University (now University of Texas - Pan American), and Saint Edward's University.


CAMP was transferred to the newly created US Department of Education.


There were 6 CAMP projects. The number of projects would remain relatively constant until 1999.


CAMP projects received their first five year grant award. Previously, grants had to be renewed annually.


President Clinton submitted a budget proposing zero funding or CAMP. The decision spurred outrage from migrant education advocates who spearheaded a campaign to save the programs. As a result, Congress agreed that the programs were a vital investment in the future, and funds were appropriated for the 1996-1998 grant years.


CAMP was included as part of the Clinton Administration's "Hispanic Education Action Plan." The programs received their first significant funding increase since the early 1980s. Twelve additional CAMP projects were awarded - a record number for the programs.


CAMP funding was increased to $7 million. Eight new CAMP projects were added.


Another record funding year for the programs: CAMP received $10 million, enabling the Department of Education to add 10 additional CAMP projects.


CAMP Project funding was increased to $15 million, adding 13 additional projects.


On October 1, CAMP was granted to Washington State University with a budget for $2 million over 5 years. The structure for La Bienvenida parent orientation was implemented with WSU orientation.


On July 1, CAMP was re-granted to Washington State University with a budget of $2.2 million over 5 years.


CAMP was re-granted two Washington State University.


WSU CAMP is recognized as a National Finalist of Examples of Excelencia by Excelencia in Education, making it one of the top 5 programs in the country serving Latinx students.


CAMP maintains a 90% average student completion rate during their first year in college and a 98% retention rate for first year students over the past decade.

President Trump zeros out the budget for HEP CAMP starting FY2021.

Senate subcommittee led by Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ) submits letter not only maintaining funding, but also a slight increase of $1 million.


President Biden requests a $20 million increase to fund HEPCAMP projects.

The College Assistance Migrant Program celebrates 50 years of continuous funding for providing valuable support services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers nationwide.

WSU CAMP is recognized for the second time as a national finalist of Examples of Excelencia by Excelencia in Education

WSU CAMP successfully receives renewed funding for the 2022-2027 grant cycle by the Office of Migrant Education (OME).