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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
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FOR RELEASE:
July 9, 2009
Contact: Gregg Wiggins
(202) 401-1576
gregg.wiggins@ed.gov

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 http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/ome/index.html.

A list of grantees and grants is provided below:

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

COLORADO:
University of Colorado, Boulder -- $474,324

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

IDAHO:
Boise State University, Boise -- $475,000

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

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

NEW MEXICO:
Northern New Mexico College, Espanola -- $397,784

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

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

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

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

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