A passionate educator helps build success for migrant youth

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 . . .