Maricopa High School Equivalency Project

A 5-year project to help migrant workers in Maricopa and Pinal counties in Arizona to gain G.E.D. certificates and prepare for career advancement.

Program Overview

The Maricopa High School Equivalency Program (MHEP) is a federally funded five-year discretionary grant from the Office of Migrant Education that assists migrant and seasonal farm workers and members of their immediate family earn their General Education Development (GED) certificate.

This program equips participants to enter postsecondary education or training programs, upgraded employment or the military. Participants are provided individualized instruction in small face-to-face classes, coaching and supportive services.

Project Goal:

Support the educational attainment of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in targeted Arizona communities to improve their career and economic status.


  • 60 Participants per year will register for MHEP services (300 over 5 years).
  • Each year, 51 (85%) of the participants will complete the HEP program (255 over 5 years).
  • 69% of the participants will receive an HSE diploma. (Yrs 1-3: 41/yr; Yrs 4-5: 42/yr; 207 total) (GPRA 1)
  • 80% of the HSE recipients will enter postsecondary education or training, upgraded employment, or the military. (Yrs 1-4: 33/year; Yr 5: 34; 166 total) (GPRA 2)
  • 100% of participants identified as needing social services support will be connected to organizations providing such services.
  • 100% of participants will receive weekly mentoring services focused on education attainment and career advancement.

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