HEP - for Seasonal Workers

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About the HEP Program

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is a program made possible by a grant from the United States Department of Education to Wake Technical Community College.  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To be eligible for HEP classes, you must be 16 years old or older and be OFFICIALLY withdrawn from high school.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 farm in the United States for the minimum time period required by the program. Or,

  • Have attended a public school in the United States and received Migrant Educational Services (Title 1 C) while enrolled. Or,

  • 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 to find out if you qualify for the program. The number is 919-461-8408.

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

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

    • State-issued Driver’s License

    • State-issued ID (issued by the DMV)

    • 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 by the HEP program

  • 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

Classroom Locations

  • Clinton

  • Goldsboro 

  • Raleigh

  • Red Springs

  • Siler City


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

  • Evening classes twice a week

  • Weekly tutoring session available

  • 5-month program

  • HEP Online: Distance-learning option for students too far from class sites

Please call or visit the HEP Office to find out if you qualify for the program and also to determine the site and program option that best suits your needs:

HEP Program
Wake Technical Community College - Beltline Education Center

3200 Bush Street, Office 138A
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-461-8408
Fax: 919-461-8178
Email: [email protected]  

Blog: http://blogs.waketech.edu/hep/