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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced that Los Alamos will receive a $100,000 Early College in the High School grant that enables Los Alamos High School students to work on college degrees even as students earn their high school diploma.
In partnership with the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, LAHS will forge alliances with northern New Mexico businesses, industries, and universities to provide Los Alamos High School 2.0.
“Early college high school programs are a critical part of our education reform to ensure that every New Mexico student is prepared to enter the workforce or college,” Martinez said in announcing the program.
LAHS 2.0’s aims are to personalize learning pathways for students, open college doors to historically underserved students and position graduates to be the first choice for hire when entering the job market or seeking acceptance to a university.
Dr. Cynthia Rooney, UNM-LA Dean of Instruction, congratulated LAPS.
“We look forward to partnering with the school district on this initiative,” Rooney said.
LAHS 2.0 is designed to generate a new pool of college and skilled career graduates with associate’s degrees, which proponents believe stands to benefit the entire state of New Mexico.
When implemented, it will also forge stronger relationships between LAHS, universities, business and community-based organizations.
“We look forward to working with Los Alamos Public Schools on this new program,” said Kurt Steinhaus, LANL Community Programs Office Director. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students.”
“I am really pleased with this news. LAHS 2.0 offers students a broader set of opportunities as well as helps us meet the district’s goal of preparing students for college or a profession,” Los Alamos School Board President Jim Hall said.
Los Alamos school administration will meet with the various grant partners to review the expectations and implementation timelines.
According to a press release, the rest of 2013-14 school year will be used to develop the implementation plan for LAHS 2.0, which is expected to open in the fall of 2014.
School administration plans to keep students, staff and apprised of what’s going on at school and public events such as the upcoming new freshmen orientation, as well as in media reports.