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 in Alamos, Colorado;
California State College in San Diego, California:
Pan American University (new University of Texas Pan American) in Edinsburg, Texas; and
Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
CAMP was transferred to the newly created Department of Education (ED)
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 for CAMP. The decision spurred outrage from migrant education advocates who spearheaded a campaign to save the programs. As a result, the Congress agreed that the programs were a necessary and vital investment in the future, and funds were appropriated for the 1996-1998 grant years.
CAMP was included as a 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.
Under the supervision of Beto Espindola and (Dr.) Kathleen Ross, the first CAMP project at Heritage University, written by Carlos Trevino, was funded to serve 70 students!
Another record funding year for the programs – CAMP received $10 million, enabling the Department of Education to add 10 additional projects.
Program funding was increased to $15 million, adding 13 additional projects.
CAMP Grant funding is renewed to serve 80 students (highest in WA). Daminon Garza serves as Project Director.
CAMP Grant funding is renewed to continue serving 80 students. Olivia Gutierrez serves as Project Director.
CAMP Grant funding is renewed to serve 60 students. Dina Ibarra serves as Project Director.
Gabriel now serves as CAMP Project Director.