Seven New Mexico colleges and universities will receive over $4.1 million in grants that will expand and improve educational opportunities for Hispanic students. In a news release from the New Mexico Delegation, the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program will be a combined fund of $4,167,623.
Here locally, Clovis Community College will receive $599,850, that will be used to address the area’s need for high quality K-12 educators, especially in STEM fields. The college developed its Partnership for Teacher Preparation program creating a pipeline to connect students enrolled in the college’s Early College High School with those who are currently employed in our school districts, tracks them through a 2+2 arrangement with our 4-year partner university, and ends with a first-year mentorship in local school districts. The program also offers personal financial literacy workshops, the purchase of FAFSA verification software to allow for procedure redesign, FAFSA workshop expansion, K12 district partnerships for scholarships, and student career development and earnings potential evaluations.