$4 Million in Grants Awarded to College of Education

Will Provide Assistance for Students from Migrant Farmworker Backgrounds


TAMPA, Fla. (July 10, 2009) Students from migrant farmworker backgrounds will have an opportunity to continue their education thanks to two grants from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE).


Ann Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education and Director of the Center for Migrant Education, has been awarded funding from the USDOE in excess of four million dollars over the next five years to assist students from migrant farmworker backgrounds.


The funding is from two competitively awarded programs - The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). “The awarding of these grants is a testament to the dedication of our Center’s staff and the respect they have gained nationally,” said Cranston-Gingras.


The CAMP program focuses on supporting students from migrant backgrounds during their first year at USF and transitioning them to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Students will be provided intensive, ongoing academic support and necessary financial assistance while immersed in a culturally rich and stimulating higher education environment. HEP assists students from migrant backgrounds who have dropped out of school. Students also receive vocational evaluation, work adjustment, vocational counseling, life skills instruction and post-secondary placement services to ensure successful transition.


“These projects are a tremendous opportunity to develop and study effective educational practices for a very deserving and hard working group of students,” said Cranston-Gingras.


In addition to the HEP and CAMP projects, the College of Education has worked extensively to pair agribusiness support with the Center’s federally funded initiatives. The Sunripe Family of Companies and their Sunripe Golf Classic and Wishnatzki Farms and their Wishnatzki Strawberry Tennis Pro Am have significantly contributed to students from migrant backgrounds and to their success by providing teacher education scholarships.


“Dr. Cranston-Gingras’ and her team’s work is having a direct impact on students from migrant communities, while providing a national model for similar programs in other states to emulate,” said Colleen S. Kennedy, Ph.D., Dean, USF College of Education. “It is setting the pace and the standards for excellence for these programs nationally.”


More information: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/cme/


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The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


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Kim Tucker, USF College of Education Communications Director, (813) 974-7440