High School Equivalency Program

Contact: (417) 455-5553 or (417) 455-5571


All of our Staff is bilingual in English/Spanish!

The Mission of the Crowder College High School Equivalency Program is to assist migrant and seasonal farm workers or their children to transform their lives into an opportunity for higher education, a long-term vocation or military career, by earning their high school equivalency diploma.

Click here for our HEP Application!

How It Works

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is designed to help anyone who has performed seasonal farm work:

  • First, complete the requirements for a General Education Diploma, GED.
  • Enter post secondary education (a college such as Crowder) or other training programs, or be placed in career positions or the military.
  • The HEP program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Migrant Education and it operates at Crowder College under the Vice President of Student Affairs Migrant Programs.
  • Classes begin with a simple assessment to find your level in reading, math and language. You will then have guided study practice in those areas.
  • You attend classes and work at your own pace and have access to computers, books and personal instruction. This will help you prepare for the GED.
  • Once you are ready to test. The program will help you fill out all the paper work and pay all the fees. Then you simply take the exam, pass and change your life by starting a better job or attending an University.

To Qualify:

  • By 16 Years old or older
  • Have not graduated nor currently enrolled in school.
  • Have an 8th grade academic level or above
  • If you or your parents have worked within the preceding two years in:
    • The production of crops, dairy products, poultry, or livestock
    • the cultivation or harvesting of trees
    • Aquaculture – Fish Farming
  • *You must be under 21 to qualify through your parents.
  • If you are under 21 and have worked in a processing plan in the last two years.


  • Free classes
  • Free books
  • Free official GED exam
  • Stipends
  • Education, job, and military career advisement
  • Free first year of college through Crowder College CAMP Program


Contact: (417) 455-5553 or (417) 455-5571