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High School Equivalency Program for Out-of-School Migrant Youth

States: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

Client(s): EDCO Collaborative in Massachusetts, US Department of Education

Services: Online Courses, Technical Assistance and Coaching

Expertise: Career Pathways, College and Career Readiness, Immigrant Integration and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Integrating Technology in Learning, Math and Numeracy, Reading and Writing

Migrant labor is fundamental to the U.S. economy. However, migrant youth are often invisible and highly mobile.

This project is designed to address the needs of those out-of-school migrant youth residing in the New England area who want to earn a high- school equivalency. While New England states work hard to provide quality universal education for their residents, there is a significant inequity in access to education for farmworkers: those furthest outside the educational structure are rurally isolated, limited English proficient, and migrant farmworkers. Access to educational services is nearly impossible without the support of an intermediary.

World Education is the main technical assistance provider to a consortium of four New England states (MA, ME, NH, and VT) led by EDCO Collaborative in MA for a contract from the U.S. Office of Migrant Education that is providing technology-enhanced secondary level educational services for out-of-school youth migrant workers, ages 16-24.

The project is closing the gap to education access by supporting online blended learning opportunities via Internet-ready tablets with web access. The EdTech Center is developing a mobile screening and assessment tool administered via smart phones and tablets and three online mini-courses to be hosted on our learning management system.