Carlissa Garcia, Hector Luna, Aissa Torres
(Left to right) Carlissa Garcia, Hector Luna and Aissa Torres of CIE's Migrant Student Program

Migrant Student Program Prepares to Celebrate Graduating Seniors


CIE’s Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program provides migrant students with distance learning tools and opportunities to earn high school credit outside of the traditional timeframe and setting. Since 1987 this program has provided online courses to Texas migrant students when they travel to other states to harvest crops. The Migrant Program helps them maintain their studies and graduate on time.

The program is preparing to celebrate the end of another school year by honoring 40 exemplary students at the Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony on March 29 in the Texas Union Ballroom.

Meet a small sample of the students being recognized:

  • Carlissa Garcia excels in her studies at La Joya High School while also holding leadership positions in numerous student organizations and playing on the school basketball and volleyball teams. She is also editor of the yearbook and performs volunteer work for her church. Carlissa has earned credit in so many dual enrollment courses that by the time she graduates, she will also have an associate’s degree in biology. Carlissa accomplishes all of this while migrating each year to Peoria, Illinois, where she works in the fields with her mother and younger brother de-tasseling corn. Her future plans are to pursue a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Hector Luna is a senior at Levelland High School who describes himself as someone who “always tries to go beyond what is expected of him.” His accomplishment of his goal is reflected in his high grade average and his involvement in sports. A participant in football, track, and powerlifting, Hector was named the South Plains Player of the Week, and has received recognition as an Outstanding Powerlifter. In addition to his schooling in Texas, Hector pursues his studies by attending evening school in Montana after working days cleaning sugar beets or collecting honey from beehives on a honey farm. After he graduates from high school, Hector aims to become a licensed vocational nurse and then transfer to a university to become a registered nurse.
  • Although Aissa Torres lives in Brownsville, Texas, she attends high school in Austin. She accomplishes this as a student of CIE’s UT Online High School. Last fall, Aissa decided to enroll in the Online High School so that she could work full time and go to school too. Aissa has also attended school in California during her annual migrations to work in the fields picking cotton and tomatoes with her parents, two brothers, and sister. When Aissa graduates, she will become the second student in the history of the Migrant Student Program to earn a diploma from the UT Online High School. After graduation, she wants to go to college to become a high school counselor.

Additional posts about the Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony are coming soon. Stay tuned.


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