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How can the MEP help OSY return to
school or continue their education?

Once an OSY student’s basic needs for survival are met, then they can look to improve their future opportunities with education. For some this may mean returning back to high school, completing their credits and graduation. Other students may consider a high school equivalency (HSE) as their route to future success. For either of these paths, the MEP can coordinate the return to education and help address barriers—language skills, transportation, childcare, access to school supplies—that may inhibit an OSY's return to the educational setting.

Re-engaging OSY back on-track to graduation (submitted by PSJA ISD)
All OSY students once identified should have their needs assessed as quickly as possible to ensure a smooth return to school or an alternative option if that is what they desire. This shortens their educational disruption and decreases the possibility that they may not want to return to school at all. It is the responsibility of the MEP to ensure that ALL students who are high school aged and under 22 years of age are provided with every opportunity to graduate from High School or attend a High School Equivalency (HSE).

High School Equivalency Program

The HEP helps migratory and seasonal farm-workers and their immediate family members who are 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and subsequently to gain employment or begin post-secondary education or training. HEP helps students who have dropped out of high school get their High School Equivalency Credentials and serves more than 6,000 students annually. HEP Projects are located across the United States.

Texas High School Equivalency Program

The purpose of the HSEP is to prepare eligible Texas students to pass the high school equivalency exams instead of earning a high school diploma. The HSEP allows students who are at risk of dropping out of high school to earn a high school equivalency credential. The TEA provides a list of schools which operate a HSEP .