More Than $7 Million Awarded in High School Equivalency Program Grants for Migrant Students

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More Than $7 Million Awarded in High School Equivalency Program Grants for Migrant Students

HEP program helps migrant students earn degrees and prepare for work or college

July 9, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today the award of 16 grants totaling $7,159,488 to programs in 11 states that will help migrant students obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and then go on to either work or postsecondary education.

Grants are awarded under the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) to support educational programs targeted to migratory or seasonal farm workers, or the children of such workers, who are 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school. Services provided include counseling, job placement, health care and housing for residential students. The program serves more than 7,000 students annually.

“The people helped by HEP are some of the most motivated learners in America,” said Duncan. “They truly understand the value of an education as a way to improve their lives.”

More information about HEP and other migrant education programs is available from the Office of Migrant Education at

A list of grantees and grants is provided below:

SER Jobs for Progress, South El Monte -- $475,000
California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento -- $451,221
West Hills Community College District, Coalinga -- $475,000

University of Colorado, Boulder -- $474,324

University of South Florida, Tampa -- $400,406

Boise State University, Boise -- $475,000

McDaniel College Center for Human Services, Westminster -- $427,318

Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena -- $472,080

Northern New Mexico College, Espanola -- $397,784

Chemeketa Community College, Salem -- $407,062
University of Oregon, Eugene -- $474,571

University of Texas – El Paso, El Paso -- $469,496
University of Texas – Pan American, Edinburg -- $475,000

Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee -- $385,686

Heritage University, Toppenish -- $473,205
Opportunities Industrialization Center, Yakima -- $406,625