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2023 National Migrant PASS Student of the Year: Juan Oscar Leal (ND)


After graduating from high school, my goals will be to get my bachelor’s degree at North Dakota State University and to do whatever I can to make my parents proud. They’ve done so much for me, and I can’t ever thank them enough.


Student Success

Target Audience:

High School Migrant Students, Migrant Education Program (MEP) Staff


Juan Oscar Leal’s Story


The National PASS Program provides a successful option to migrant programs seeking flexibility for their students. Many schools use PASS because courses may not be offered when a student needs them. Courses may be used to make up failed credits, to remediate in basic subjects, to assist with dropout recovery, or to offer elective credit. Students do not need to access a computer or the internet to complete a course, but there are options for students who choose to do so. Students can work on PASS courses during the school year or summer. Courses are aligned to common core standards. PASS consists of self-contained, semi-independent study courses. The program is provided by the National PASS Coordinating Committee comprised of migrant educators across the country and is used in more than 25 states.

North Dakota’s summer migrant programs take place out of Grafton and Manvel, North Dakota. Students attend classes in June and July. Oscar attended Manvel Migrant School every summer.

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Contact Information

Ms. Judy Gries
Program Administrator

Department of Public Instruction
Phone: (701) 328-2170

The National PASS Center
Fort Scott Community College
2108 South Horton Street
Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
Fort Scott Community College