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High School Equivalency Program

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) was newly funded at Washington State University, Pullman Campus for a five-year grant cycle beginning in 2022. We look forward to launching the new project and recruiting HEP staff to support this program. Once posted, you can find the position postings through the WSU Jobs website. 

Lucila Loera 

Interim Director/P.I. High School Equivalency Program 

Lucila (Luci) Loera serves as the Executive Director of the Office for Access & Opportunity in the Division of Students Affairs at Washington State University (WSU). In addition, she has led efforts on Food and Basic needs, First-Generation initiatives (such as First-Gen Study Abroad), and Strength-based education training. 
Throughout her career, she has developed a deep understanding of college access and success considerations, particularly focusing on low-income, first-generation, and minoritized students in higher education. After years of working in higher education, she knows that not all college students have the same access to opportunities to advance their futures.
Leadership experience includes serving on WSU’s Alumni Association board, National Council for Education (COE) board member, and as President of the regional TRIO Northwest Association Educational Opportunity Programs (NAEOP).  She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology at Washington State University and her bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine. As a Student Affairs professional, she feels a responsibility and desire to improve her practice, which led to her decision to pursue her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University.

Position Vacant - Director

Applications for this position are currently closed. 
Phone number: 509-335-3397
Email: hep@wsu.edu

Position Vacant - Recruiter/Academic Advisor 

This recruitment has been reposted. Screening of applications has begun and will remain ongoing until the vacancies have been filled. Go to WSU jobs to find the application. 
Phone number: 509-335-3397
Email: hep@wsu.edu

Position Vacant - Instructor 

This recruitment has been reposted. Screening of applications has begun and will remain ongoing until the vacancies have been filled. Go to WSU jobs to find the application. 
Phone number: 509-335-3397
Email: hep@wsu.edu

 

Position Vacant - Program Coordinator 

This recruitment has been reposted. Screening of applications has begun and will remain ongoing until the vacancies have been filled. Go to WSU jobs to find the application. 
Phone number: 509-335-3397
Email: hep@wsu.edu

Giselle Jimenez

Clerical Assistant 

Giselle is a senior triple majoring in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Spanish. She is a born and raised native of Southern California. She came to Washington State University because it had all the elements she wanted in a university; academics, clubs, programs, and sports. Giselle works with the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), and she has been involved with the LAUNCH Program and the Psychology Department as a teaching assistant. She is currently also involved with the Office of Access and Opportunity. She is also a McNair scholar who is currently working on research and hopes to further her education by going to graduate school. Giselle’s favorite thing about WSU is being able to get involved and help others.  
The High School Equivalency Program is funded annually at $475,000 for a five-year cycle by the Office of Elementary and Secondary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Migrant Education (OME).