Title I, Part C: Migrant Education Program

Dr. Heriberto Corral MEP Data & Parent Engagement Coordinator 984.236.2798
Juan Carlos Alvarez ID&R Coordinator 336.501.1697
Hunter Ogletree MEP Compliance Coordinator 828.575.3830
Alex Charles Interim Senior Director 984.236.2786
Susan Brigman Section Chief - Specialty Programs 984.236.2806


MISSION :: The mission of the North Carolina Migrant Education Program is to help migrant students and youth meet high academic challenges by overcoming the obstacles created by frequent moves, educational disruption, cultural and language differences, and health-related problems.

We do this by supporting locally-based Migrant Education Programs in:

  • Identifying and recruiting migrant students;
  • Providing high quality supplemental and support services;
  • Fostering coordination among schools, agencies, organizations, and businesses to assist migrant families;
  • Collaborating with other states to enhance the continuity of education for migrant students.

The NC MEP is federally funded as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and is regulated by Title I, Part C. US Department of Education.

State of the Program

Currently, the North Carolina Migrant Education Program (NCMEP) administers 31 LEA-based programs in 30 counties. In addition, we serve students in non-program counties through the efforts of five Regional Recruiters, collaborations with USDA Cooperative Extension.

The programs serve children and youth who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Age 3-21;
  • Have not yet received a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • Have moved into a school district within the last 36 months;
  • Whose parents, guardians, spouses, or selves have moved due to economic necessity and have worked in agricultural production or fishing within the last 36 months.

After potential students are located, they are interviewed by a program recruiter, who will complete a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), the document that establishes a student's eligibility for services.

Students who have moved during the school year and who are most at risk for not meeting state standards are given priority for services. The staff at the state level collaborate with locally-based programs to conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment and design programs to fit students' needs.


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Please email your contact information to Richard Trantham: Richard.trantham@dpi.nc.gov