The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) has existed since 1967. It is an educational program which serves migrant or seasonal agricultural working families. HEP assists students who have dropped out of high school or have been out of school for a prolonged period of time to get their High School Equivalency Certificate by preparing them academically for the GED, HiSET or TASC exams (all three approved by the California Department of Education). HEP programs are located throughout the nation and have achieved stunning success rates since their inception, are funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education and are administered by universities, colleges and non-profit organizations nationwide.
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) HEP mission is to assist migrant seasonal agricultural workers (and their immediate family members) in a four county area (Sonoma, Mendocino, Marin and Napa) to obtain a High School Equivalency Certificate and subsequently, gain improved employment, begin post-secondary studies or enlist in military services. SRJC HEP is committed to providing academic support such as preparation classes, personalized tutoring, support with testing fees, transportation assistance, books and supplies as well as transitional services such as career exploration, financial literacy, resume writing, scholarship assistance, informational workshops and exposure to cultural events.