HEP Staff

Beto Espindola, Director

Beto Espindola

I am an immigrant from Michoacán, México, and a product of the national migrant education program of the United States. I participated in Title I-C, the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Enable by this formal education and the values instilled by my family, I have dedicated the last 25 years to education and social services serving this very important sector of our community, migrant and seasonal farm workers (MSFWs) and the immigrant family.

PCC HEP is about serving the MSFW community to attain the high school equivalency (HSE) through instruction, followed by placement in higher education (including English-as-a-Second Language at PCC), employment/training or the military, while providing additional support services to meet and maximize the objective. Given this, it’s an honor and a privilege to be part of a team serving the MSFW. It is my hope that each of us, in our respective roles, strives to serve each of the students to the best of our ability. This, guided by our mission, is our collective commitment to you, the HEP student.

Willan Cervantes, Advisor

Willan Cervantes

Hi, I am Willan Cervantes. For the last 18 years I have dedicated my professional life to empowering myself and others through social services, starting with juveniles and later advising people who had lost their jobs as they sought new learning and job opportunities in their respective fields of choice. I have taught college and high school students. My most recent stint involved going to high schools and preparing students to come to college ready to succeed. Outside work I go to educational institutions and share Aztec culture and discipline. Now, with HEP, I once again get the opportunity to empower others to take a hold of their future and take it in the direction they want to go. I look forward to being part of such an impactful program and contribute towards its success here at Portland Community College.

Ivan Hernandez, Recruiter

Ivan Hernandez

I was born in Tehuacán, Puebla, México, and migrated to the United States in 2002 at the age of 12. Once in Oregon, I continued my education in the regular public school system, while working in the berry fields, landscaping, and construction during the summers and weekends. During my last two years of high school, I excelled academically and served as a diversity representative in a leadership class, hosting presentations for "Padres Hispanos" meetings and participating in dance performances with a Latin focus. At the age of 18, I attended Mount Hood Community College (MHCC); I was there until the scholarship money ran out. I went back to do manual labor, but knew I wanted to go back to college. I was able to return to college in 2013.

I am currently a college student at PCC and a student leader, serving as an advocate for the Women's Resource Center, Disabilities Office, the Oregon Leadership Institute, and am also the High School Equivalency Program’s recruiter. As a student, I am in the process of obtaining my Associate of Business Transfer Degree and do plan to transfer to attain my bachelor’s degree. Beyond this, I am passionate about helping the community specifically in the academic field. Eventually, I want to become a person of great success and be able to give out a lot of money in scholarships, specifically to students in pursuit of a medical career.

Scott Lowrey, Teacher

Scott Lowrey

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.

Salvador Ramos-Rodriguez, Teacher

Salvador Ramos-Rodriguez

I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, and came to the United States in June 2005, trained as a civil engineer. The purpose of my trip was to learn better English. At the time, I knew all the Beetles songs and thought English was easy. This myth was quickly dispelled. So began my return to school: English-as-a-Second Language (ESL); Building Inspection Technology; Spanish Literature; Master’s in Post- Secondary Adult and Continuing Education (PACE); and currently working toward a second master’s degree. I have had the pleasure of tutoring and teaching MSFWs adults at PCC HEP in Spanish for five years, while recently employed at the Hillsboro School District as a Hispanic Community Outreach Worker. I am one of thirteen siblings whom have all earned college degrees; neither of my parents finished elementary school. I believe in the power of education.