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HEP / High School Equivalency Program

Accepting applications for 2024. Classes are only 6 weeks!

Download the HEP Application.
Fill-out the application on your computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader, and email it to hep@nnmc.edu. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader click here to download and install the free application.

Download the Underage Permission Form
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you will also need to complete and submit the Underage Permission Form.
The Parent/Guardian line is for both printed name and signature.  You can either email it to hep@nnmc.edu or drop it off at the HEP Office.

Need Assistance? Do You Qualify? Contact us at hep@nnmc.edu or 505-747-5405.

The High School Equivalency Program @ Northern is an educational equity program designed to help migrant and seasonal farm workers obtain a High School Equivalency Credential, and transitional services for college, trade school, employment and the military.

Who is eligible?
Any migrant or seasonally-employed farmworker who: 

  • Works or whose immediate family has worked at least 75 days during the past two years in agricultural activities related to:
    • Production of crops, dairy products, poultry or livestock
    • Cultivation or harvesting of trees
    • Fish farming
  • Is 16 years of age or older, is not currently attending high school, and has not received a high school diploma.

HEP Provides the following services:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Tutoring
  • Instructional materials and books
  • HSE testing fees
  • Career and academic advisement
  • Transitional services for college, employment and the military
  • Social, cultural and educational activities
  • Referral services
  • Financial assistance available

HSE graduates…

  • Have greater self-confidence, are likely to be employed full-time, and are qualified for greater responsibilities and promotions.
  • Accomplish as much in college and technical training as traditional high school graduates.
  • Provide a more stable family life.
  • Influence the next generation to value education and take school seriously, especially those who are parents and grandparents.

Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.