Catalog - UNM Taos Affiliates

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High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) at the University of New Mexico – Taos is a federal program funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education.  HEP is designed for migrant and seasonal farm workers and their dependent children to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma.

HEP assists in the instruction and successful completion of the High School Equivalency (HSE) exams.  HEP also supports placement in universities, colleges, junior colleges, vocational institutions, military and other career opportunities.

HEP provides individuals who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) credential. A HSE may be achieved by successful completion of the General Education Development (GED®) exam or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®).

The GED® consists of four separate exams: Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. The HiSET® exam consists of five subject areas: Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students must successfully complete all subject areas of either of these exams to obtain a HSE credential.

An HSE credential is accepted by the majority of employers, colleges and universities in lieu of the traditional high school diploma, HSE credential is also accepted when enlisting in the military.

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Taos Education & Career Center (TECC)

The Taos Education & Career Center (TECC) considers education to be a basic human right throughout the lifespan of a human being. We work with adults and youth, at least 16 years of age, to improve their academic skills in order to:

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Upward Bound Math and Science

UNM-Taos Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) helps Taos area high school students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science while encouraging them to pursue college degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics).


We Help Students Get Ready For College.

We Strengthen Skills in Math & Science.

We Explore STEM Careers.


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Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) at The University of New Mexico—Taos is the only veterans Federal TRiO Program funded by the United States Department of Education in the State of New Mexico. VUB is designed to assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of post-secondary education. The project provides assessment and enrichment of basic skills through instruction, advising, and tutoring. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete post-secondary education programs. All VUB services are free to eligible veterans.

 We offer a unique range of services designed to prepare eligible veterans for success when they enter their chosen educational program, whether it is at a two-year community college, a four-year college or university, or a public or private vocational or technical school. All services, including instruction, textbooks, advising, and supplies, are provided FREE of charge.

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