Migrant High School Equivalency Program

HEP Graduates

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) helps migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate family members who are 18 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma. HEP also provides assistance to participants to further their education and knowledge so they may qualify for more rewarding employment, enroll in vocational or technical schools, two-year community colleges, four-year universities or military services.

Equivalente a el Diploma de High School (HEP)

El Programa Equivalente a el Diploma de High School (HEP) ayuda a emigrantes y a trabajadores del campo temporales y a sus miembros de familia más cercanos de la edad de 18 años o mayores los cuales no están actualmente matriculados en la escuela a obtener lo que es equivalente a un diploma de High School. HEP también proporciona asistencia a participantes para que avancen en su educación y conocimiento, para que de esa manera puedan calificar a empleos más gratificantes, puedan matricularse en escuelas profesionales o técnicas, colegios comunitarios de 2 años, universidades de 4 años o ingresar al servicio militar.

HEP is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education.
  • The High School Equivalency Program helps migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate family members who are 18 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and provides assistance to participants to help them gain employment or to begin postsecondary education or training.
    A migrant or seasonally employed agricultural worker or their immediate family members are eligible for HEP if they meet the following criteria:

    1. Within the past 24 months has worked or has an immediate family member who has worked a minimum of 75 days in migrant or seasonal farmwork; this includes any activity directly related to the production of crops, dairy products, poultry, livestock, cultivation or harvesting of trees and fishery.
    2. OR has been eligible for or has participated in a high school Migrant Education Program and obtained a Certificate of Eligibility (COE);
    3. OR has participated in or is eligible for programs under the Workforce Investment Act for migrant and seasonal farm workers (WIA Section 167);
    4. Is at least 18 years of age or over;
    5. Is not currently enrolled in an elementary or secondary school;
    6. Has not earned a U.S. secondary school diploma or its equivalency.
  • About HiSET®

    HiSET exam is a five-part test that the State of California use in the process of issuing a high school equivalency credential. The exam allows you to show you have the same academic knowledge and skills as a high school graduate.

    What you need to bring on the day of the exam

      • Photo ID *Must match the name on the registration list*, Passport, Driver’s/Temporary License, State ID, National ID, Military ID, and Student ID’s are acceptable
      • Proof of address
      • Voucher Verification if Self-Pay
      • ETS number and Must know ETS log-in and password information


    Testing Registration Process

    • Create a HiSET Test Taker Account

    • Pay Exam Fees
      $200 for all 5 subjects/$40 for each subject (Math, Writing, Reading, Science, and Social Studies) and $20 Yearly State Testing Fee.  

    • Schedule Testing Dates by calling (559) 934-2147

    Testing Policy

    • You will have up to 3 attempts for each subject for the calendar year (January -December).
    • After 3 attempts, you will have to wait to test in the next calendar year, and you will be charged an additional $40 for another three attempts per
    • A No show or a Could Not Test will be counted as one of your
    • If you cannot make it to your exam, please GIVE US 3 DAYS NOTICE. If no notice is given, you will be charged the exam

    Testing Locations

    WHC Coalinga
    300 Cherry Lane,
    Coalinga, CA 93210
    Firebaugh Center
    900 O St
    Firebaugh, CA 93622

    WHC Lemoore
    500 College Ave
    Lemoore, CA 93245 

    For more information or questions please contact:

    Cecilio Mora

    HiSET Director

    (559) 934-2430


    Prisma Solorio

    HiSET Exam Coordinator (Examiner/Billing)

    (559) 934-2139


  • Students interested in applying to HEP may contact any of the following staff members:

    Cecilio Mora
    HEP Director
    West Hills Community College District
    9900 Cody St
    Coalinga, CA 93210
    Office:  (559) 934-2430

    Olivia Vega
    HEP Advising Specialist
    North District Center
    900 O Street Street
    Firebaugh, CA  93622
    Office:  (559) 934-2981

    Domenica Sanchez
    HEP Advising Specialist
    Office: (559) 934-2174

    Brian Boomer
    Principal Investigator
    Office: (559) 934-2152

    Jeniffer Ayala  
    HEP Advising Specialist 
    Office: (559) 925-3691

    Prisma Solorio 
    Program Assistant 
    Office: (559) 934-2139

    Zayra Contreras, 
    Program Assistant - CAMP/HEP
    (559) 934-2147

HEP Application/Solicitud

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