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High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

If you are a migrant or seasonal farmworker, you can earn your GED through Chemeketa.

In response to COVID-19 and social distancing recommendations, High School Equivalency Program (HEP) staff members are working remotely beginning Monday, March 30. If you have any questions, please call us at 503.589.7725 and leave a detailed voicemail.  We will return your call within  24 hours. You may also e-mail us.

What is the High School Equivalency Program?

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) provides migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their children with an intensive study program to pursue their GED. You can enroll at any time during the regular academic year and take evening classes that will allow you to continue to work while earning your GED.

HEP will provide you with the academic skills necessary to pass the GED exams and other services, including –

  • Academic advising
  • Academic excursions
  • Books and materials
  • Classes in English and Spanish
  • Meals
  • Stipend
  • Tutoring services
  • Technology and computer class

You might also eligible for the following assistance –

  • Childcare
  • Transportation
  • Vision and dental

HEP is also available at our Yamhill Valley Campus.


    To be eligible for the HEP you must –

    • Be at least 16 years of age or older
    • Not have earned a high school diploma in the United States
    • Have worked at least 75 days within the last two years in agriculture as a migrant or seasonal farm worker. This includes any activity directly related to the production of –
      • Crops
      • Dairy products
      • Poultry or livestock
      • Nursery
      • Forestry
      • Fish farming
    • Or you havee participated within the last two years in a Migrant Education Program (MEP) or in a National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP)
    • You may also qualify for HEP if one of your parents or legal guardians meets the migrant or seasonal farm work requirement described above

    To apply –

    1. Bring your HEP application to the HEP office in Bldg. 22, Rm. 100 on the Salem Campus
    2. Take admission tests to determine your academic level in math, reading and writing
    3. Complete an interview with High School Equivalency Program staff to evaluate candidacy and answer questions
    4. Attend a first-day orientation