The California Mini-Corps School-Year
Program was initiated in 1974. The school
year programs evolved from the Mini-Corps
Summer Program. The idea for a corps of
people from rural migrant background to
work not only in the summer school, but in
the regular school year was born, and put into
action in 1974. The Mini-Corps students would
use their talent and dedication to work in
migrant impacted classrooms, and would be the
link between the migrant community and the
schools. They would be personally acquainted with
each child and their family; they could share their
hopes and frustrations. Most important, they would
be role models that hopefully would raise the
aspiration of migrant children. Through the summer
and school-year programs the Mini-Corps students
provide services to the migrant children of California.
MINI-CORPS APPLICATION PROCEDURES
APPLICATION: In order to consider you for the Mini-Corps Program, the application must be completely filled in. Any information omitted will slow your process down. If some area is inapplicable please indicate so by writing N/A. Please, call if you have any questions.
NARRATIVE: Explain in several paragraphs on a separate sheet of paper, why you feel qualified to work in the Mini-Corps program. Elaborate on experience in education of migrant children, community volunteer work-handicapped, classroom experience, etc. This should be typed or neatly handwritten in ink and please proofread.
TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMEDATION: You must submit two letters from someone who can verify a good employment record and describe your working relationship with others. Counselors and teachers can be used as references also.
TRANSCRIPTS: A copy of your most recent college transcripts must be submitted to verify your G.P.A If you are a recent high school graduate our transcripts will be needed.
T.B. CLEARANCE OR CHEST X-RAY: You must provide proof of “negative” result from a tuberculosis analysis. This test is administered daily at local clinics or by the Porterville College nurse, see her. Recent result will be accepted. X-rays are done in clinics only.
INTERVIEW: Please make arrangements to come into the Mini-Corps Office for a formal interview. Our office phone number is (559) 791-2300.
FINGERPRINTS: After the interview you will be given a live scan application, for your fingerprints. The fee is $13.00.
|For further information contact:
||Leonor De La Fuente-Serna
- Mini-Corps Coordinator
Stephanie S. Olmedo
- Mini-Corps Office Assistant
100 E. College Avenue
Porterville, CA 93257
CALIFONIA MINI-CORPS APPLICATION REQIREMENTS
TRAINING FOR SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM:
- Provide direct categorical services to Migrant Children, which match or exceed performance standards prescribed in the California Master Plan.
- Increase the number of professional educators who are specifically trained, experienced and committed to work with migrant children.
Participants at the community colleges will receive in-service training through educational workshops or by registering for a class in conjunction with the California Mini-Corps Program. The in-service will include workshops on the problems of the rural migrant farm worker and the educational system. Major emphasis will be on the teaching strategies, methods, lesson design approaches that will enable the Mini-Corps Students to assist teachers in instructing migrant children. Participants will receive training skills in the academic core curriculum areas. The Mini-Corps College Coordinator will be the program supervisor.
As a teacher assistant working in the classroom, the participants will work under the direction of certificate teacher(s). Mini-Corps students are supervised by a Mini-Corps College Coordinator.
Monitor and evaluation visits will occur during the school year program. Mini-Corps administrator and /or external evaluators will visit the school year program on a formal basis.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMITTANCE:
MINI-CORPS students must have a FINANCIAL NEED in order to continue their education.
MINI-CORPS students must be citizens of the United States, or meet residents criteria.
MINI-CORPS students should be former migrants, or have experiential knowledge of the migrant family life-style.
MINI-CORPS students must have teacher education as their goal.
MINI-CORPS students must meet academic standards for a credential. (A minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for Juniors and Seniors, 2.3 for Freshman and Sophomores.)
MINI-CORPS students must be enrolled full-time at a community college or university (12 units or more.)
MINI-CORPS students should be able to communicate in English and in high degree of proficiency in one of the following languages: Spanish, Tagalog or Punjabi.
Click here to download the Mini-Corps Application.
(Adobe PDF format, 12.5KB)*
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