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OJC Press Release ID: 2804

Monday, June 4, 2018

OJC to hold 34th BUENO-HEP Graduation


The 34th BUENO-HEP graduation will take place on June 22, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre located on the Otero Junior College campus, at 1802 Colorado Avenue in La Junta.

According to Marian Morris, coordinator of the BUENO-HEP program, on May 1, 2018, letters were mailed with information about graduation to the graduates who completed the program between July 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018. If you, or someone you know, graduated from the BUENO-HEP program after Jun 30, 2017 and has not received a letter with information about the graduation, call the BUENO-HEP office at 719-384-6848.

According to Morris, anyone who is interested in completing the High School Equivalency (HSE) program should register and complete the pretests.

“The pretests are aligned with the official tests. They indicate who is ready to take the official tests, who needs a bit of review to be ready for the official tests, and who needs classroom instruction,” explained Morris.

“The pretests also indicate specific areas that need work for each tester. Pretests are half the length of the official tests,” said Morris. She explained that reading and language arts is a 90-minute test, math reasoning is a 60-minute test, science is a 47 minute-test and social studies is a 33 minute-test. Morris reflected on her experiences, stating that students should take only one test a day and certainly no more than two in a day to achieve the most success.

“Tutoring will be available through part of the summer, which may help some people get a bit of a head start if the pretest results indicate that they need classroom work.” Morris said. Classes for the fall semester will begin Aug. 20, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.

The Bueno HEP HSE office is located on the Otero Junior College campus in the Humanities Center, lower floor. Office hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To complete the HSE tests, a person must be at least 17 and no longer enrolled in high school. There is no charge for the instruction, tutoring, or for the materials. For more information about the HSE program, call (719)384-6848 or email


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The BUENO-HEP graduation will take place on June 22, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in OJC’s Ed Stafford Theatre. This will be the 34th graduation ceremony for BUENO-HEP held at OJC. Pictured is: (l-r) back row: Kyle Chambers, Fowler; Casandra Hernandez, La Junta, and Dustin Rhoades, Ordway. Third row: Catalina Herrera, Rocky Ford, and Anna Armstrong, Ordway. Second row: Emily Isbell, La Junta; Monica Mondragon, La Junta, and Myra Menz, La Junta. First row: Miguel James, La Junta and Frankie Sanchez, La Junta.