SRJC HEP 2014 Graduates
Marcos Antonio Garcia, from Oaxaca, spoke only Mixteco when he entered the program. He became valedictorian. Edith Rojas of Bloomfield was able to get her GED and was promoted from teller to account officer with Wells Fargo Bank. Juan Flores became a crew manager at the winery he works for in Cloverdale.

The pursuit of the High School
Equivalency Certificate attracts people from all parts of Latin America who have immigrated to Sonoma County as well as local folks. Some have college degrees from their home countries but wish to be competent in American core subjects or wish to fill in the gaps
in their higher education credentials. Others are parents who wish to set an example to their children. “In knowing that the parent is feeling good about themselves makes a difference to their kids.” Enedina Vera, Recruiter/Outreach Specialist, High School Equivalency Program, Santa Rosa Junior College, explained. And of course, dead-end jobs paying little money is a pretty good reason also. “From applica-tions, I see people (usually) earning $1600 a month and not working consistently. In Phase Two of the program we expect people to see better positions and better pay or choosing a plan to continue school.”
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