HEP Staff

Rock Creek Campus | Building 2, Room 220 | 971-722-7680 | HEP website en español

Beto Espindola, Director
971-722-7760, norberto.espindola@pcc.edu
I am a product of the national migrant education programs. I participated in Title I-C, High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and CAMP. I have dedicated the last 25 years to education and social service programs serving the Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker community in particular in direct services and program management at community agencies and higher education institutions. I currently manage Portland Community College's HEP at Rock Creek.
Claudia Lucatero, Administrative Assistant
971-722-7768, claudia.lucatero15@pcc.edu
Working with the HEP Program gives me the opportunity to give back to my community. I grew up in a migrant household, which has taught me to value the rigid work environment and long hours a migrant agriculture employee is committed to. HEP is a great program, complimented with a great team that will help every individual succeed in life by providing them the tools needed to further their education and obtain a GED. By procuring a GED, the journey of providing a better future for the family begins.

"The journey of a better future begins, today."

Jose Gonzalez, Outreach and Recruitment
971-722-7764, jose.gonzalez62@pcc.edu
HEP is the springboard that will catapult the farmworker over the final hurdle in obtaining an education. It is the inauguration of a future limited only by the imagination. As a former farmworker, I can attest to the struggle of trying to achieve an education while performing back-breaking labor to make a living; often work is required seven days a week. HEP is structured with the farmworker in mind, addressing the greatest barriers; it is designed for success. Words cannot express the thrill and satisfaction I experience every time I hear that a HEP student passed one of their tests. It is an absolute honor and privilege to be working with the HEP here at PCC.

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours." – Cesar Chavez

Mare Ramirez, Academic Advisor
971-722-7763, marelis.licea@pcc.edu
I am committed to the HEP with great passion. Working with this program has given me the privilege of providing guidance to the migrant and seasonal farmworker community. This allows me to share my knowledge and experiences from my ongoing educational career. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to help our students accomplish their goals.
Scott Lowrey, Teacher
As a native of southern California, I have seen the growth of the Latino community in the United States throughout my life. My multi-cultural experience, including time living in Spain, has not only prepared me to work with HEP students but has given me the drive to do so. HEP gives me an opportunity to work with migrant farmworkers, helping them to integrate into American society and be successful in their new country. It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated team to deliver the best education possible to our students.

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