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UMAP Program at CSUB
  March 3, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

A new program at California State University, Bakersfield will help the migrant and seasonal farm working student population at CSUB. The University Migrant Achievement Program, or UMAP, works to aid senior students with a farm working background find better job opportunities and provides them with personal career guidance and leadership skills.

Participants of UMAP will seek and obtain paid internships within their chosen fields. UMAP, which is funded by Employers' Training Resource, will provide access and exposure to career opportunities, which will prepare the participants to meet the expectations of leading companies and employers, with the potential for hire upon completion of program. "They will get an opportunity to gain work experience, further develop their job skills, and network with employers who potentially could grant them a job offer," said Maricela Ramírez, College Assistance Migrant Program advisor/UMAP coordinator.

Ramírez said UMAP is working with various companies in the area for potential internships, including Bolthouse Farms. The program is competitive and has only eight slots available.

UMAP will work to prepare its participants for some of the best fast-track jobs offered by companies and employers in and outside of Kern County. Students in the program will also participate in the career guidance and preparation workshops. The students will receive extensive guidance in the preparation of career portfolios, which will include updating resumes, cover letters, letters of recommendation and references, personalized business cards, and other essential items that will enhance the opportunity for hire.

Students will also be encouraged to attend local and regional job fairs. UMAP will bring in key and leading companies to CSUB for special open houses or recruitment sessions designed to target UMAP participants.

For eligibility information, please contact Ramírez at (661) 654-6121 or at