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February 2nd, 2009
Caminos Camp to operate for sixth straight year


A grant by the Texas Pioneer Foundation has enabled the Caminos Pre-College Leadership Camp at Texas State University to entertain students from two San Marcos CISD junior high schools this summer for a sixth consecutive year.

The Caminos project is a six-week program sponsored by the Texas State College of Applied Arts. Teachers at Miller and Goodnight Middle Schools chose 75 promising youths to participate in the program. The students will be enabled to gain leadership skills while earning credits in algebra, English and technology. The Caminos project will also focus on leadership development, academic instruction and introducing the students to the college application process.

“Our goal is to continue the program and expand our partnership with the San Marcos school district,” said Jaime Chahin, Texas State’s dean of the College of Applied Arts.  said.

Chahin said it ‘s important for students to experience college life on campus and develop the discipline to be on-time and on-task while developing networks.

“This gives them the taste of the college experience-the academic and leadership challenges that are out there,” Chahin said. “The students are more focused on what it takes to get a college education. These students want to learn, especially the new immigrant students who now constitute a critical mass of the new students in Central Texas and in San Marcos. We also visit with the parents so they can understand the program’s expectations and support their children.”

Texas State provides room and board, field trips and on-off campus transportation for students. Chahin said he hopes to continue the Caminos camp as long as funding is available.

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