HEP - for Seasonal Workers

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About HEP Program

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


To be eligible for HEP classes, you must be 16 years old or older and be officially withdrawn from high school.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 the 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

Admissions requirements

To be admitted into the HEP program you should:

  1. Be at least 16 years old

  2. Call the HEP Office at 919-334-1595 to find out if you qualify for the program

  3. Make an appointment to take the entrance test (reading comprehension and math)

  4. Have at least one of the following forms of photo IDs (unexpired):

    • State-issued driver’s license

    • State-issued ID (issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles)

    • Passport (U.S. or international)

    • Matrícula consular

  5. Attend the Orientation Session

Services offered to HEP students

  • FREE classes, books and study material

  • High school equivalency official testing fees covered

  • Financial assistance

  • Tutoring and job counseling

  • Post-graduation assistance in furthering the student’s education, career advancement and/or military placement

  • Graduation ceremony

  • Cultural events

  • Volunteering opportunities

Program highlights

  • 100% online

  • Spanish and English – Classes, textbooks and official high school equivalency credential tests are available in both languages

  • Evening virtual classes three times a week

  • Weekly tutoring session available

  • Five-month program

Please 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 138A
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-334-1595
Fax: 919-715-8642
Email: [email protected]  

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