$2 million grant to fund secondary diploma opportunities at STC for migrant farmworkers

South Texas College has announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education for a $2 million High School Equivalency Program grant.

The purpose of the grant is to implement a five-year project to help about 500 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and eligible family members to obtain a secondary school diploma, according to an STC news release.

The grant is also designed to help bolster enrollment in a post-secondary, industry-recognized certification at STC’s Career Pathway Training Program, with the option to continue to complete a degree program.

Totaling $1,919,976, the grant will be fully funded through federal dollars.

“Completing a high school equivalency program is a critical first step to a better paying job and quality of life for families who never had the opportunity to complete high school,” STC President Shirley Reed said in the release. “A helping hand leads to a better quality of life for these hard working families and leads to regional prosperity and social mobility.”

The grant, which will be managed by STC’s Department of Continuing, Professional, and Workforce Education, will be used to provide oversight, coordination of the project, individualized case management support, supplies, tuition, fees, fuel allowances for HEP participants, and the external evaluation of the project.

The funding period will be from July 1 through June 30, 2024.