Sending Office: Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Support Funding for the High School Equivalency Program and College Assistance Migrant Program
DEADLINE TODAY: Tuesday March 13, Noon.
2017 Signers: Adam Smith, Alan Lowenthal, Al Green, Alcee L. Hastings, Barbara Lee, Ben Ray Luján, Colleen Hanabusa, Danny K. Davis, Darren M. Soto, Diana DeGette, Doris Matsui, Earl Blumenauer, Filemon Vela, Frederica S. Wilson, G. K. Butterfield,
Grace F. Napolitano, Gwen Moore, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jared Huffman, Jared Polis, Jerry McNerney, Jim Costa, Joaquin Castro, Juan Vargas, Judy Chu, Julia Brownley, Keith Ellison, Kurt Schrader, Linda T. Sánchez, Luis Correa, Luis Gutierrez, Marc Veasey,
Mark DeSaulnier, Mark Pocan, Mark Takano, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Mike Thompson, Patrick Maloney, Peter DeFazio, Peter Welch, Raul Ruiz, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Sheila Jackson Lee, Stacey E. Plaskett, Susan Davis, Suzanne Bonamici, Tom O’Halleran, Tony Cárdenas,
Vicente Gonzalez, Zoe Lofgren
Current Signers: Sheila Jackson Lee, Jerry McNerney, Alan Lowenthal, Keith Ellison, Vicente González, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Danny K. Davis, Jimmy Panetta, Joaquin Castro, Juan Vargas, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Kurt Schrader, Mark Takano,
Salud O. Carbajal, Peter Welch, Alcee L. Hastings, Darren M. Soto, Mark DeSaulnier, Doris Matsui, Pramila Jayapal, Filemon Vela, Nydia M. Velázquez, Peter DeFazio, Adriano Espaillat, A. Donald McEachin, Jared Huffman, Mike Thompson, Adam Smith, Judy Chu, Al
Green, Earl Blumenauer, Barbara Lee, Diana DeGette, Louise Slaughter, Gwen S. Moore, Colleen Hanabusa,
Nanette Diaz Barragán, Ruben Kihuen, G. K. Butterfield, Suzanne Bonamici, Stacey E. Plaskett, Frederica S. Wilson, Jim Costa, Jared Polis, Raul Ruiz
Please join me in seeking level funding of $44.6 million for the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services,
and Education Dear Colleague,
Children of farmworker migrant and seasonal workers are some of the most disadvantaged and at-risk students in the country. They have one of the highest drop-out rates and encounter tremendous obstacles in completing high school and pursuing higher education.
For nearly 50 years, the HEP/CAMP program has been successful in helping to close the access and completion gaps for many farmworker migrant and seasonal worker students by providing tutoring and other services and assistance to help them succeed in higher
By maintaining level funding for the HEP/CAMP program, Congress will ensure the continuation of these effective programs and ensure equitable distribution of these programs throughout the country where there is the most need.
If you have any questions or would like to join me in this request please contact Eric van der Vort at Eric.vanderVort@mail.house.gov
Raúl M. Grijalva
Member of Congress
The Honorable Tom Cole
Chairman, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
House Appropriations Committee 2448 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education House
2413 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro,
We are writing to respectfully request that you continue to provide funding for the
High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in the amount of
$44.6 million, which is the same level of funding the programs has been recommended for FY 2019.
Agricultural workers ensure that Americans have fresh food and their work serves as the economic engine that drives rural communities. It is estimated that over 2.5 million agricultural workers travel throughout the U.S. to work on farms, orchards, and ranches.
It is also estimated that over 2 million children of agricultural workers live in the United States. Since these children move frequently, their education is often disrupted. Unfortunately, these factors contribute to a high rate of drop-outs and low-rate
of college attendance among children of agricultural workers.
For nearly 50 years, HEP and CAMP have successfully engaged students from agricultural families. To support these students in the first year of college, CAMP projects offer academic and career counseling, tutoring, and other support services. The HEP program
identifies students who have dropped out of high school and provides intensive instruction and other support services to help them attain their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). The U.S. Department of Education awards competitive five-year grants to
Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) or private non-profit organizations that work in cooperation with IHEs. These programs are authorized under Title IV, Part A, Subpart 5 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. § 1070d-2).
We believe that the federal government should continue to invest in the HEP and CAMP projects for the following reasons: the data show that these program are effective in helping students attain their HSED and succeed in college; HEP and CAMP are the only
federal programs that help the children of agricultural workers succeed in higher education; there is a great demand for these programs as evidenced by the number of grant applications that are received every year; students helped by these programs get better
employment and contribute more to the tax base in their community; and the HEP/CAMP grant awards bring jobs and spur economic activity in the rural areas where many of these programs are located.
We understand that funds are extremely limited; therefore, we respectfully request that the Appropriations Committee provide level funding of $44.6 million for the HEP and CAMP programs. Level funding will ensure the continuation of these effective programs
and ensure equitable distribution of these programs throughout the country where there is the most need. By continuing to provide this level of support, Congress can improve the quality of education for the children of agricultural workers.
We thank you for your consideration and your attention to this request.
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