PULLMAN, Wash. – Michael Heim, an academic advisor in Washington State University’s Academic Success and Career Center, is the new director of WSU’s College Assistance Migrant Program. He begins his duties on April 20.

Heim’s entire career has focused on helping students succeed in higher education. As an advisor and technology coordinator for the Student Success Collaborative in the Academic Success and Career Center, he worked to help facilitate connections between students and faculty advisors. He also established review systems to improve student programs, maintained web-based documentation, and trained faculty and staff on software programs that support students.

“With continued funding for CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program), I am excited to see what the next five years will bring,” said Lucila Loera, assistant vice president for Student Affairs. “I know under Michael’s leadership we will be in a better place to assess the impact of the program, provide relevant services, and continue to be a cornerstone of outreach and support for migrant and seasonal farm working students here on the Pullman campus.”

Heim previously served as director of the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) at the University of New Mexico. There he led a team that provided classroom instruction, tutoring, advising, career development and cultural activities for HEP students. Though he served as director for several years beginning in 2013, he held several other positions within the office starting in 2007.

“WSU has had a long history of supporting the farm working community through the HEP and CAMP programs,” Heim said. “I am excited to be joining a program that has seen such a high degree of success over the past decade.”

He received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and another in political science at WSU, both in 2007.  He will earn doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico in May.

CAMP is a federally funded initiative in the Division of Student Affairs designed to support students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds during their freshman year in college. The program began on the Pullman campus in 2006 and serves 50 students each year.

 

Contact:

  • Lucila Loera, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 509-335-7944, lucila@wsu.edu.
  • Steve Nakata, Marketing & Communications, Student Affairs, 509-335-1774, nakata@wsu.edu.