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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 13, 2009


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File: –  MC HEP Graduation
Photo:  l-r:  Student Jesus Alfaro, Superintendent/President, Kathy Lehner; Vice President of Education & Student Services, Meridith Randall; Instructor, Juan Orozco


Mendocino College HEP Program Holds Eighth

Graduation Program


Ukiah, CA – Mendocino College celebrated its seventh High School Equivalency Program (HEP) graduation ceremony on Saturday October 24. 


Over 100 people attended the ceremony held at the Mendocino College Track and Field Stadium.  The ceremony included music, ballet folklórico and student speakers. 

           Under the direction of Minerva Flores, HEP Director, HEP recruited over 100 students to the program this year, with 140 students successfully participating in the program in 2008-2009 school year. Fifty-five of the participating students successfully completed the program and all administered GED examinations.

“The Mendocino College High School Equivalency Program strives to provide quality instruction and excellent supplemental services so that students can pass administered GED examination with the upmost confidence.  This year, not only did 55 students graduate, but 55 lives and futures were transformed.  It is remarkable how our program can shape new lives and paths as students acquire the necessary skills to pursue new employment and career opportunities, especially during these tough economic times,” Minerva Flores, HEP Director.


HEP is a five year federal grant with the objectives of recruiting and providing instruction, financial assistance, health screenings, childcare, and academic and career counseling to migrant or seasonal farm working students who were unable to attain a high school diploma.

          For many participants, HEP is a source of motivation and accomplishment. Students who complete the program go on to obtain better paying jobs or continue their education at Mendocino College.  Most importantly, HEP provides students with a second chance at education as well as changing their professional paths.

        “With the experiences gained during my time in the HEP program, I personally recommend the program to anyone who is interested in getting their GED.  Come talk to them and I assure you that you will be very satisfied with the help they provide.  I believe that programs like HEP should not disappear.  I think that they should be strengthened so they can help more people,” Jesús Alfaro, a recent HEP graduate and Ukiah resident said.

       Since its inception in 2001, HEP has graduated over 200 students and placed an average of 67 percent in new professions or academic programs of study.

       For more information concerning the Mendocino College HEP program, you can contact Minerva Flores at (707) 467-1008 or visit

Created: November 17, 2009 @ 01:28 PM
Last Modified: March 12, 2010 @ 02:47 PM


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