July 1, 2020
For Immediate Release
Office of Public Information
RE: Crowder College awarded High School Equivalency Program Grant
Neosho, MO – Crowder College will be the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education High School Equivalency Program (HEP) grant in the amount of $2,372,410 for 5 years beginning July 1, 2020.
“The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) at Crowder College empowers individuals to change the course of their life and for their family. We know this program helps eliminate the obstacles that individuals may be facing and ensures success through the support and resources offered through this grant. We are thrilled to have the grant here at Crowder College and look forward to meeting our students!” stated Lisa O’Hanahan, HEP Director.
HEP provides intensive Spanish and English instruction to help eligible migrant or seasonal farm workers earn a high school diploma. Classes are offered in the four state area.
“Crowder College is an outstanding institution, which is why I am so pleased that they received the very competitive Department of Education’s High School Equivalency Program (HEP) grant. This grant award will enable Crowder College to work towards enriching the lives of thousands of Missouri-based migratory and seasonal farmworkers by giving them the opportunity to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and pursue employment and further education,” US Representative Billy Long
Resources provided to HEP participants include books and school supplies, HISET and GED Testing fees, exam preparation and instruction in English or Spanish (classrooms located in the four-state area), transportation assistance, pathway training workshops scholarships, post-HEP placement assistance via jobs, training, or college. Scholarships for the first year of college are also available to further their education through the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Crowder College.
To be eligible a person and/or their immediate family members must work in migratory and seasonal farm-work. HEP applicants must be 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 post-secondary education or training.
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