EDINBURG - The University of Texas-Pan American High School Equivalency Program is currently accepting applicants interested in completing their high school education.
The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is a federally funded program designed to assist students in obtaining their General Educational Development (GED) degree, said Jaime Daniel Garza, outreach specialist for HED at UTPA.
"This program has been providing quality GED instruction and assistance to the Valley for more than a quarter of a century," Garza said. "People eligible to participate in the program may be able to graduate with their GED in as little as three months."
According to Garza, persons must have done migratory seasonal farm work or other eligible agricultural work for at least 75 days within the last two years to be eligible to qualify. Applicants must also be at least 17 years of age and have not yet earned a high school diploma or its equivalent.
All classes are conducted in English, and applicants must pass an entrance exam with a minimum of an eighth grade education.
Classes cover all five parts of the GED, which include mathematics, science, literature, social studies and writing, as well as tutoring and life management skills (Human Development Class).
HEP also offers student benefits including small classrooms settings, textbooks, GED testing, transportation, dorm housing and career and academic counseling free of charge.
Classes are scheduled August through May, Monday through Friday from 8:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. New students are generally accepted on a monthly basis, space permitting.
For more information on the program or to apply, contact Garza at 956/381-2521.