On Wednesday, February 22, thirty-eight Wenatchee School District Migrant/First-Generation students led by the WSD Migrant Graduation Specialists and the NCW Educational Opportunity Center ventured into the frigid windy temperatures of Ellensburg to showcase the various post-secondary options available at Central Washington University.
In addition to exploring the campus, its multiple facilities, and receiving admissions information, students were greeted by current First-Generation Migrant students attending CWU who shared their journey as migrant students. Wenatchee High School senior, Daisy Morales Castro shared, “It really motivated me to see that the students at Central talk about the majors that they are about to graduate from. If you want something, you have to work hard for it, and it can be hard but not impossible.” Fellow WHS panther, Melanie Saldivar was also impacted by the student panel, “Me encanto escuchar las historias de los demás de cómo llegaron a donde están hoy. Y a los cuatro alumnos que compartieron su camino de la universidad, fue genial.”
Students were also given the opportunity to learn more about the history of Chicanos/Latinos in the Pacific Northwest. History Professor, Dr. Josue Q. Estrada, shared the contributions made by migrants beginning as early as the 1700s. Wenatchee High School Senior Lourdes Guerrero Gutierrez explained, “I was able to learn new things more in-depth of the history of Chicanos in the Pacific Northwest and their settlement, Bracero Program, and impact in the world. Without knowing and studying history, you would unlikely be able to explain how we got here today.”
These types of opportunities are the tickets for experiences that students otherwise might not be exposed to. An appreciative Richard Isidro Iñiguez shared, “I personally really enjoyed the field trip and was grateful for all the people who took the time to talk to us and answer all our questions about applying, as well as explaining how everything works at the college… I am extremely grateful and looking forward to future opportunities like this one.”