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The Early College High School Program, a joint venture between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Los Alamos High School, still has a few openings for its June 9-13 session, according to a news release.
The program allows students to explore a variety of career options in science, technology, engineering, math and health sciences through hands-on learning activities.
The topics to be covered include biofuels/biological sciences, digital media, emergency medicine/fire science, engineering, environmental science, health sciences, immunology, public safety, robotics and welding.
A fun, unifying theme in each session is the threat of a zombie apocalypse, and how each of these disciplines might be used to thwart the impending invasion.
“The events we have this summer are just an introduction to the Early College High School program,” said Grace Willerton, an Accelerate Career and technical advisor at UNM-LA. “We are hoping to get students interested in a career, so when they get to high school, they consider the Early College High School program.
“The program is going to be a school within a school at LAHS. Students can take classes within an educational pathway to earn both high school and college credit toward a high school diploma in four years and, ideally, a certificate or associate’s degree in another year.”
Funding for the program is through a grant to Los Alamos Public Schools. UNM-LA is hosting the summer classroom sessions on the UNM-LA campus.
Three of the sessions include field trips to an LA County fire station, the LA County Police and Justice Center, and the New Mexico Consortium Laboratory in Los Alamos.
Each day is divided into two sessions running from 9 a.m. to noon, with an hour break for lunch. The afternoon session runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Light snacks are provided during morning check in and students are encouraged to bring their own lunch.
The free program is open to all Los Alamos Public School students in grades eight to 10. Online registration is now open at http://losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/lahs-summer-program.html. For more information, contact either the UNM-LA Student Services office at 505-662-0332 or Grace Willerton at 505-663-3402, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.