High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

Javier Torres, Director
36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730
(339) 222-5618


The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) helps migratory and seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers) who are 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and, subsequently, to gain employment or begin postsecondary education or training.


The purposes of HEP: To help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family: (1) obtain a general education diploma that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency (HSE) established by the State in which the HEP project is conducted; and (2) gain employment or be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education or training.

-U.S. Department of Education


EDCO Collaborative New England HEP works in collaboration with different partners. Here are a few key partnerships:

1.    University of Vermont and World Education

2.    EDCO Collaborative Massachusetts Migrant Education Program (MMEP)

3.    State of New Hampshire Department of Education Migrant Education Program.

4.    Vermont Agency of Education Migrant Education Program

5.    Maine Department of Education Program

6.    Graduation and Outcomes for Success for OSY (GOSOSY) Consortium


HEP Student Eligibility Criteria

1)    The prospective student or their immediately family members have engaged in migrant or seasonal farm work for at least 75 days in the last 24 months or

2)    Have participated or been eligible to participate in the Workforce Investment Act 167 Program (WIA 167) or

3)    Able to participate in the Title C Migrant Education program within the last 24 months.


  • Be at least 16 years of age or over;
  • Not currently enrolled in elementary or secondary school;
  • Has not earned a secondary school diploma or equivalency.