The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is designed to help seasonal farmworkers and their dependents to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and, subsequently, to gain employment or begin postsecondary education or vocational training.
Since 1972, HEP has grown to become a nation-wide program established in twenty-three different states and Puerto Rico. Currently, there are fifty-six HEP programs serving thousands of migrant students year round.
The HEP Program assists in the preparation and successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) Diploma exams. HEP also provides placement services for universities, colleges, junior colleges, vocational institutions, military services, and other post-secondary activities or career positions. The HEP Academic year runs from August to May each year, 10-week sessions for residential students or 15-week sessions for commuter students.
The High School Equivalency Program is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education.