The California Mini-Corps Program (CMC) is a statewide program designed to provide direct instructional services for migrant students in grades K-12 through a cadre of trained college tutors.
The California Mini-Corps Program, began in 1967, patterned after the Peace Corps Program. The approach was to engage a corps of college students with rural migrant backgrounds and recruit them to work as teacher assistants in migrant impacted schools. The Mini-Corps students became role models which raised the aspirations of migrant students.
Today, the CMC program encompasses two major goals:
Mini-Corps participants are full-time, undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in education. Mini-Corps participants work as teacher assistants in public schools providing direct instructional services to migrant children. Mini-Corps participants work under the direction of certificated teachers and are supervised by a Mini-Corps College Coordinator. Participants are paid an hourly wage for their work in the program and also receive in-service training through educational workshops.
Those in the Mini-Corps Program strive to fulfill the following purposes:
CMC Tutors receive inservice training through monthly educational workshops or by registering for a class in conjunction with the California Mini-Corps Program. Major emphasis is on English language arts, mathematics and on effective methods and strategies that enable the Mini-Corp Tutor to assist teachers in instructing migrant children to meet state academic standards.
The program coordinator conducts classroom visits to observe the CMC Tutors working with migrant students to support and provide feedback that will help the Tutor to develop and improve tutorial skills and knowledge. The Program Coordinator meets and advises the CMC Tutors on their academic course work on a regular basis.
Students interested in applying to be a Mini-Corps tutor, must meet the following requirements:
Rosario Verdel, College Coordinator
University Hall 202