Migrant high school students spend week at BSU, prepare for college

Posted at 10:34 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 00:34:41-04

BOISE — Migrant high school students from across Idaho are living at Boise State University for the week, to see what life as a college student is like.

The program is for children of migratory farm workers who have just finished either their sophomore or junior year of high school. Children of migratory farm workers traditionally have a lower graduation rate, which leads to fewer of them continuing their education in college as well. Through this program, they are being taught leadership skills and career preparation to help them better transition into life after high school.

"This is one of the federal programs, kind of like Title I, this is actually technically Title IC, and it is to help the children of migratory farm workers, and those kids can be of any ethnicity, speak any language," said Sarah Seamount, Idaho's Migrant Education Coordinator.

The students first spent four days in cascade at a migrant student leadership camp, and now they're spending this week at Boise State.