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Nyssa High School gives students an alternate pathway to adult life

Adán and Donavan Hernandez complete class work during a session of HEP at Nyssa High School. (The Enterprise/LILIANA FRANKEL).

NYSSA – Despite its special purpose, the high school equivalency program classroom at Nyssa High School looks just like the rest.

That was deliberate for what is known in shorthand as HEP, according to Hector Aguirre, the program director at Treasure Valley Community College. 

“We were able to get a classroom inside the main building, instead of one outside,” he said. “That’s helped us to maintain our attendance and engagement.” 

The eight HEP students are former members of Nyssa’s migrant education program who are choosing to pursue a GED rather than a traditional high school diploma. Instead of taking a GED class on TVCC’s campus, the college is providing a . . .