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ABAC program helps Hispanic students

By Jay Polk - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia college is receiving a federal grant to help children of migrant farmers attend college.

At Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, the College Assistance Migrant Program - or CAMP for short - has been awarded a 400 thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The money will be used to help those students with the transition to college life.  Most are the first in their family to receive a higher education. ABAC is one of 13 schools in the country and the only school in Georgia to get the grant.

ABAC officials say that the money will help the students to realize the American Dream.

Alma Young, the Coordinator of the ABAC INformation Center said, "there's a lot of Hispanic students who don't even know that this program exists. They think they're just going to graduate from college and keep working on the farms like their parents did. And that's not always what has to happen."

Young is an alumna of the program. She went on to Georgia Southern and got her degree in Apparel Design. She now works at ABAC.

There were 32 participants in the CAMP program this year including the Class of 2008 valedictorian from Atkinson County High.

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