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Sacramento State Gets Grant To Help Migrant Farmworker Students

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California State University, Sacramento plans to use a $2.3 million federal grant to help migrant farmworker students.

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Sacramento State will use a five-year, $2.3 million grant to re-establish a High School Equivalency Program. 

The program is intended to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers who are 16 years or older and not currently enrolled in high school. 

The grant is from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Migrant Education

Under the program, 70 students would be accepted each year. 

The goal is to help them obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and gain employment, or go on to college, the military, or other education or training. 

Grant funds will be used to pay for several staff positions, including a full-time director, instructors and peer tutors. 

Sac State says migrant and seasonal farmworker youth face many barriers to a high school education, including poverty, mobility, the need to work, family obligations, and English as a second language. 

The school says the program will ultimately help give the migrant students better job opportunities in the future.

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