A perspective on HEP and CAMP projects in Colorado and the United States: An Interview with Dr. Arthur Campa

Michael D Heim


The National HEPCAMP Association evolved from a need to represent The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). These unique programs were experiencing a gap in representation on a national level. They serve and assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers traveling across The United States of America via the main “streams” for the farm working communities while following the harvest seasons of agricultural products. Oral history of this association may inform our understanding of the times when these nascent programs were developing a sense of identity within the country, as well as their local communities from 1967 to the present day. In this interview, Dr. Campa discusses his time as a new Director for The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) in Colorado at The University of Colorado – Boulder and at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His responses shed light on common themes among professionals involved in this work. Some of those themes are the consistent and stabilizing  funding arrangements many programs seek, the experimentation of the non-residential model for HEP projects (which seems to be the standard now), and the level of involvement and activism that project Directors for both programs were required to provide as the idea of The National HEPCAMP Association was becoming incorporated.

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