Greg Contreras (left) hugs his mother Oralia Contreras during the graduation ceremony of the Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute summer program in July 2018. (Submitted photo)
ONTARIO — On a hot summer day, boisterous high school students fill a classroom at the Treasure Valley Community College.
Amid their joyous chatter, Greg Contreras walks to the front of the room to tell a story – that, growing up, he didn’t think college would ever be an option.
“I was that student from a migrant family,” he began as he described the days working in the fields every summer during his middle school and high school years.
“With help from family and mentors, I changed my realities to go to college and earn a fulfilling career,” he said. “I know others can do the same.”
He’s telling his . . .