High School Equivalency

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

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

    Olivia Vega
    HEP Advising Specialist
    oliviavega2@whccd.edu
    North District Center
    1511 Ninth Street
    Firebaugh, CA  93622
    Office:  (559) 934-2981

    Domenica Sanchez
    HEP Advising Specialist
    domenicasanchez@whccd.edu
    Office: (559) 934-2174

    Jesus Delgadillo
    HEP Outreach and Recruitment Specialist
    jesusdelgadillo@whccd.edu
    Office: (559) 934-2902

    Brian Boomer
    Principal Investigator
    brianboomer@whccd.edu
    Office: (559) 934-2152

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