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$2.3M grant to Sac State will aid migrant farmworker students

HEP Grant Migrant farmworker students in Northern California will get help to achieve their dreams of a high school education, then go on to employment, college, or the military, thanks to a $2.37 million federal grant just awarded to Sacramento State.

The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education will be used to re-establish a High School Equivalency Program (HEP) to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers who are 16 years or older and are not currently enrolled in high school. Service centers for the program will be located in Woodland and Stockton, as well as at Sac State.

“HEP will provide a second family to migrant students who are typically left to figure out their future on their own, very much the way our College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) does for its students,” said President Robert S. Nelsen. “HEP will ensure out-of-school youth are making progress, completing high school equivalency, and ultimately having better opportunities in the future. The work done by HEP benefits the individual, their families, and our society as a whole.”

HEP will be housed in the Division of Student Affairs under the leadership of Assistant Vice President Viridiana Diaz, who has successfully led CAMP at Sacramento State for more than 10 years and will serve as the principal investigator for the returning HEP grant.
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