Migrant student center opens in San Benito

SAN BENITO — Migrant students will now have a place to go for answers about college and planning for the future.

The Migrant Go Center, located at San Benito High School, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last weekend.

Construction on the Go Center began at the start of the school year with federal funding.

An old portable classroom that had been unused and sitting at Frank Roberts Elementary was moved to San Benito High School to be renovated for the current center.

Go Centers like these are specific to the migrant student population and will help migrant students complete schoolwork and tasks such as applying for colleges and scholarships.

Migrant director Rick Hernandez said the center will serve as a point of contact for students and parents to ease the coordination between them and college.

The Go Center is specifically suited to fit the needs of migrant students by providing help such as PLATO classes for students who are behind on certain subjects or need to make up classes.

While the district looked at other models of Go Centers around Texas, the Migrant Go Center stands on its own.

“The San Benito Go Centers are unique and powerful tools because they go where students go,” Hernandez said in a statement.

Equipped with new technology, the center will provide an academic boost for students in the migrant program who frequently transfer school districts, causing them to fall behind.

Students will have resources readily available for them to prepare and plan for college.

“Plans are in the works to invite representatives from notable colleges and universities from across the United States to present information to migrant students and their parents regarding scholarships and programs available only to our migrant student population,” Hernandez said.

The district caters to 800 migrant students that make up almost 10 percent of the student population.

The Migrant Go Center will be facilitated by migrant teachers and will be open Mondays through Thursdays after school hours.

What does the Migrant Go Center Do?

• Help with college applications

• Help with scholarship applications

• Tutoring

• Project help

Migrant Go Center Hours

• Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.