VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - 30 Migrant students from all across the state were doing various biology activities at VSU Thursday afternoon in order to encourage them to take an interest in education, but more specifically pursuing a college education.
"I wanted to give them a really interesting, exciting field trip to VSU. So, that's why we're doin' lab stuff.
That's more than just lookin' at the campus. This is what you do in college,
" said VSU Associate Biology Professor Dr. Leslie Jones. Jones coordinated with the coordinators of the migrant workshop to bring the students to VSU.
The students who are in Georgia's Migrant Education Program and are selected for the workshop spend two weeks at ABAC in Tifton where they are put through a rigorous academic schedule and various leadership and team building exercises.
"When they come through this program and they see that, 'oh, I do have an opportunity. Maybe I should start thinking about going to college,' that's one of the things that I really do enjoy," said Marisela Trejo, a resource specialist with the Georgia's Migrant Education Program who was helping coordinate the workshop.
14 year old Brianna Hall was one of the students taking part in the workshop. She said it gave her hope."We do have a hope in that if we just try our best to learn, we can go to college," Hall emphasized.
The students also participated in mathematics activities as well during their time at VSU. The workshop's coordinators hoped that the students will be able to excel even more when they return to school in the Fall and perhaps eventually even go on to college.
For more information about the Georgia Migrant Education Program, click here.