UNM-LA and LAHS team up to win education grant

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By Bonnie Gordon

Instructors at UNM-Los Alamos and Los Alamos High School teamed up to write a grant that netted $155,000 in federal education dollars.

The money will be used to fund a new career pathways program at the high school.

The program will be a gateway to degrees and certifications already in place at UNM-LA.

Los Alamos High School can reapply for the same amount for the next four years, said Tammy Seidel, a LAHS faculty member and one of the grant’s authors said.

“The Carl D. Perkins grants have been around for a long time, but lately, the grant has been geared toward career and technical education,” Seidel said.

“The money has to be used for programs, not just classes. The programs need to lead to a high demand, high paying technical job.”

The grant money will be used to create programs in three areas: Network Systems, Business Management and Accounting, and Product Engineering.

Faculty members at LAHS will be in charge of administering the program at the high school. Seidel will handle the business component.

Don Davis will administer the engineering program and computer science instructor Todd Yilk will direct the network systems area.

The grant will fund both personnel and equipment needed to set up the programs.

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