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CSUB High School Equivalency Program Offers a Second Chance
May 02, 2014
The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) at California State University, Bakersfield, is proud to announce that 63 students from Bakersfield and Lamont will form part of the HEP graduating class of 2014 during a ceremony that will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. in the CSUB Doré Theatre.
HEP is an educational equity program designed to assist migrant and seasonal farm workers and members of their immediate families in completing their high school equivalency, and subsequently, gain improved employment, begin post-secondary studies, or enroll in vocational training. HEP at CSUB is one of 45 HEP programs federally funded through a competitive grant process by the Office of Migrant Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Since its inception at CSUB in 2010, a total of 175 HEP participants have successfully completed the program.
“HEP changes lives. But most importantly, it impacts the lives of each participant's family,” said Omar Correa, CSUB HEP program coordinator. “Our students see an immediate change. Participants interact with their children differently during the evenings because now they are able to sit at the table and do homework together. Young adults have a second opportunity to start their post-secondary studies after completing their high school equivalency.”
CSUB HEP serves 80 participants and is the only project that offers an intensive, six-week summer residential program designed to accelerate a student’s high school equivalency completion and a transition into post-secondary education. HEP participants are enrolled at CSUB, Bakersfield Adult School, Bakersfield College, and Taft College. For more information, call the HEP office at 654-6525.