South Texas College is partnering with the U.S. Department of Education for a High School Equivalency Program grant. One hundred percent of the $1,919,976 grant comes via federal dollars.
The grant will implement a five-year project assisting 500 Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and eligible family members. The grants will help them obtain the equivalent of a secondary school diploma and to enroll in a post secondary Industry Recognized Certification Career Pathway Training Program at STC. They will also have the option to continue to complete a degree program.
“Completing a high school equivalency program is a critical first step to a better paying job and quality of life for families who never had the opportunity to complete high school,” said STC President Shirley A. Reed. “A helping hand leads to a better quality of life for these hard working families and leads to regional prosperity and social mobility.”
Funding will go to personnel to provide oversight, coordination of the project and individual case management support. Funds also support supplies, tuition, fees, fuel allowances for HEP participants and the external evaluation of the project. STC’s Department of Continuing, Professional and Workforce Education will manage the grant.
The funding period runs to June 30, 2014.