Finley GEAR UP
It was brought to GEAR UP’s attention that River View High School Junior, Alfredo Tapia-Ambriz was hesitant to attend an awesome opportunity. Back in March, Alfredo received a notification letter in the mail, stating that he had been selected from the Finley School District to participate in a special opportunity: a week long university campus Dare to Dream Academic Academy this summer at Washington State University in Pullman. RVHS Guidance Counselor, Ms. Duty approached Alfredo several times trying to convince him to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, but he continued to have cold feet.
Alfredo is a first generation migrant student, who arrived from Mexico about 4 years ago. No one in his family has ever graduated from high school or attended college. Student Service Counselor, Rachel Ruiz did a special home visit and had a serious conversation with Alfredo and his parents. After the meeting, Alfredo was persuaded and accepted the offer. Immediately, WSU GEAR UP partnered up with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Migrant Education Program at ESD 123, and Ms. Duty, to assist Alfredo Tapia-Ambriz with the application and registration process.
Alfredo will be Attending Academic Academy at Washington State University in Pullman for one full week from June 16th to the 22nd. The focus of the Academic Academy is to provide migrant students an opportunity to strengthen their skills in math or science and to further explore careers in this field. Alfredo will have the opportunity to tour the college campus, learn about enrollment requirements for admittance, and work on his high school & beyond plan. Alfredo will also earn a 0.5 high school credit issued by the Washington State Association of Principles and will be applied on his transcript towards science math or an elective. And who knows, maybe he’ll like this experience so much that he will decide to attend WSU!