US Projects

High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

CHS Project
HEP graduates pose for a photo.


Part of the CHS portfolio since 1981, this federally funded program provides academic instruction, life-skills training and other services to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania acquire the General Educational Development certificate. The program also helps participants make a successful transition to the next level of education, vocational training or employment or to the military. Our curriculum fosters critical thinking and individual expression.

Key Activities

  • Offering individual and small-group counseling;
  • Making support services available for a variety of student needs, including providing stipends to offset the cost of participating; and
  • Broadening students’ experiences by offering them access to cultural activities such as Common Ground on the Hill.


  • Since 1981, CHS’s HEP has served more than 7,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • From 2010–12, more than 90% of CHS’s High School Equivalency participants attained their General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • In 2011, CHS’s HEP served 139 people who collectively achieved a GED attainment rate of 92 percent.
  • In 2013, the US Office of Migrant Education ranked CHS’s HEP third in the nation out of 61 such programs.

Quick Facts

Geographic Focus
Adams, York and Lancaster counties and the Kennett Square area, all in Pennsylvania, and the city of Bridgeton, NJ

US Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education