Washington State University has been awarded a 5-year, $2.3 million grant to help migrant and seasonal farm workers, and their immediate families, get a high school equivalency diploma.
The money comes from the U.S. Department of Education, and it will be used to serve 65 participants a year at WSU.
There’s a bit of history involved. Nearly 50 years ago, WSU was chosen by the U.S. Department of Labor to create one of the nation’s first high school equivalency programs. The program ran for 42 years, until 2009, when the money was not renewed.
The new program will focus on Latino and Native American students — groups with very low graduation rates. The grant will fund a director, recruiter, advisory, instructors and peer tutors, and participants will receive money to help with their educational expenses.
Students who earn a diploma have better employment prospects, and can apply for college or other post-secondary education or training.