Students From 17 To 74 To Receive Diplomas July 17 In La Junta

first_img Published: July 7, 1999 Migrant and seasonal workers who earned general education diplomas through the University of Colorado at Boulder’s High School Equivalency Program at La Junta will graduate July 17. About 500 people are expected to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony in the Humanities Center at Otero Junior College and a reception afterwards in the college gym. This year 125 students ranging in age from 17 to 74 will receive their high school equivalency diplomas, among them Fred Kenoyer, the oldest person ever to graduate from the HEP program at La Junta. Kenoyer will receive his diploma on his 74th birthday. Since 1983, CU-Boulder has coordinated the nation’s largest high school equivalency program by operating centers in La Junta, Alamosa and Brighton-Fort Lupton. About 14,000 Colorado students have earned diplomas in the program’s 16-year history. The program is one of 23 in the country funded by the Office of Migrant Education, a part of the U.S. Department of Education. “We see it as part of our outreach to the community,” said Leonard Baca, director of the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education in the CU-Boulder School of Education. The program also provides students with career counseling, vocational skills training and help enrolling in colleges, universities and vocational trade schools. In addition it provides CU-Boulder education students with exposure to some of Colorado’s educational needs, Baca said. For more information call HEP director Ray Archibeque in CU-Boulder’s BUENO Center at 303-492-1359, Margaret “Kiki” Medina or Donna Jones at 719-384-6848, or Peter Caughey in the CU-Boulder Office of News Services at 303-492-4007. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more