Summer camp opens up options for students from migrant families

Noe Montes and Gabriel Ortega explore possible options for higher education while attending the summer camp’s college and resources fair. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – When Gonzalo Espinoza was 17, the Ontario High alum was bused seven hours away to attend summer camp in Corvallis.

The camp helped students from migrant and farmworker families learn more about college.

Now, students in Malheur County won’t have to go so far away to get those resources. Espinoza is spending his summer as one of 12 mentors at the Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute summer camp in Ontario.

“It’s been a long time coming for something like this here,” said Greg Contreras, the camp’s project coordinator.

Known as OMLI, the camp has existed in the western part of the state for at least 26 years . . .