High School Equivalency for Seasonal Workers

[en español]

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP), made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, provides migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families the necessary training to obtain the high school equivalency credential.


To be eligible for HEP classes, you must be at least 16 years old and officially withdrawn from high school. You must also meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Have been a seasonal farm worker* (or a family member of a worker) who worked on a U.S. farm for the minimum time period required by the program
  • Have attended a public school in the U.S. and received Migrant Educational Services (Title 1C) while enrolled
  • Have participated in a WIA Section 633 program

*Includes agriculture, ranching, orchards, forestry, Christmas trees, dairy, poultry or fish farms

Admission requirements

  • Call the HEP Office at 919-334-1595 to find out if you qualify for the program
  • Make an appointment to take the entrance test (reading comprehension and math)
  • Have at least one of the following forms of photo ID (unexpired)
    • State-issued driver's license
    • State-issued ID (from the Division of Motor Vehicles)
    • Passport (U.S. or international)
    • Matrícula consular
  • Attend the orientation session

Services offered to HEP students

  • Free classes, laptop computer, books and study materials
  • High school equivalency testing fees covered
  • Financial assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Post-graduation assistance in furthering the student's education, career advancement and/or military placement
  • Graduation ceremony
  • Cultural events

Program highlights

  • 100% online
  • Classes, textbooks and official high school equivalency credential tests are available in both Spanish and English
  • Evening virtual classes three times a week
  • Weekly tutoring session available
  • Five-month program


Call or visit the HEP Office to find out if you qualify for the program:

HEP Program
Wake Tech Beltline Education Center
3200 Bush St., Office 107A
Raleigh, NC 27609
[email protected]