More than 100 students and 40 parents from all around California will learn about college in multi-day residential institutes

Camarillo, Calif., July 17, 2014 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host its second Migrant Summer Leadership Institute (MSLI) for migrant high school students and their parents from July 11-26.  The institute, funded through a grant from the California Department of Education, exposes migrant children and their parents to the opportunities and benefits of a college education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning.

The MSLI Parent Institute held on July 11-12 was a two-day residential program for 40 parents selected from around the state.  Parents attended sessions explaining the benefits of a college education, financial aid and scholarships, pre-college and college coursework, college life, and how to support their college-bound students. 

The MSLI Student Institute, Sunday, July 13 – Saturday, July 26, is a two-week residential program composed of 100 high school students selected from around the state.  The program offers students a taste of college life and learning on the CI campus.  The curriculum includes classes taught by CI professors; leadership and team-building activities; peer mentoring and career coaching; field trips to Santa Cruz Island and the California Science Center; and a variety of speakers, experiments and fun STEM learning activities.  Students reside in the student housing at Santa Cruz Village throughout the program.

CI was one of two institutions awarded the $250,000 MSLI grant, based on a detailed proposal.  The California Department of Education awards contracts to two public universities each year to implement summer institutes for students and parents as part of its effort to help migrant students overcome educational disruption and make a smooth transition to college.  The institutes’ curriculum is designed by University professors and staff to offer academic enrichment activities, leadership opportunities, college preparation, and exposure to STEM.

All sessions and activities are open to the media.  For more information, or for a detailed schedule of events and locations, contact Katia Nava at or Ryan DeMoss at, or at 805-437-3759.

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