PCC Selected for High School Equivalency Program Funding

A grant PCC has received from the federal government will fund high school equivalency education for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate family members. (Photo Courtesy of PCC Faculty Member Scott Temple)

WINTERVILLE—The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has approved Pitt Community College’s application for more than $1 million in High School Equivalency Program (HEP) funding to provide educational services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate family members. 

According to PCC’s Grants Management Office, the $1,334,459-federal award will fund 100% of the college’s effort to provide those individuals the academic and financial support they need to earn a high school equivalency credential and move into postsecondary education. The funding makes it possible for Pitt to offer all of the resources needed to serve the prospective students, including dual-language instruction, off-campus classes, instructional technology, and support for basic needs. 

PCC Director of Grants Management Jaymi Mitchell says the HEP project’s goal is to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families overcome unique barriers to achieving their educational goals. “PCC’s commitment to empowering individuals through education aligns perfectly with the objectives of this program,” she said. 

Mitchell said even though ED didn’t hold a competition for HEP funding in FY 2023, the department still selected PCC’s application from a group submitted last year. Out of 21 eligible applications from ED’s FY 2022 HEP competition, she said, only six were awarded. 

“The selection process was highly competitive, so we are honored PCC was chosen as a recipient of this grant,” Mitchell said, adding that Pitt’s HEP project falls under the supervision of PCC Transitional Studies Director Melissa Morlock. 

Carlos Valle will serve as program coordinator and oversee its implementation over a five-year period that officially began July 1. Additional program information is available by contacting Valle at (252) 493-7320 or crvallemanzanares116@my.pittcc.edu.