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First News Fall 2008

Smart Move

   Although New Mexico Highlands University's Raton site has been open for less than a year, the university's presence has made a profound impact on access to higher education in the region. Approximately 45 students enrolled at Highlands-Raton last summer, and officials expect increased enrollment for the fall semester.

The students, from left to right are: Roni Duran, Leroy Sandoval, Diana Vallejos, Sara Thomason, Megan Lawrence, Margaret Serna, Amanda Mehn, Thelma Lou Martinez, Lisa Lopez-Marquez, Jamie Atwater and Michael Phillips

   "New Mexico Highlands' presence in Raton marks a new era of possibilities for the university, the Raton area, and for every student who walks through our doors," said Highlands President Jim Fries. When it opened, New Mexico Highlands' Raton site began offering master's degree coursework in education and business, and bachelor's degree coursework in criminal justice, elementary education and business. Soon, New Mexico Highlands will expand its programs in Raton to include master's and bachelor's degrees in social work. "Students can start in Raton as freshmen and complete their degree without traveling to the main campus in Las Vegas," said Evonne Roybal-Tafoya, director of Highlands' Educational Outreach Services. "For non-traditional students, our classes are designed to be offered during the evenings and weekends so they can work and go to school."

   New Mexico Highlands' expansion into Raton was made possible through a partnership with the Northeastern New Mexico Education Foundation, also known as the Learning Center, which gifted the foundation's 8,000-square-foot building at 130 Park Avenue in Raton and provided funding of approximately $259,000 to the university. "I'm really excited about Highlands coming to Raton," said John P. Davidson, who helped form the education foundation. "This is precisely what we've been working toward for almost 15 years."

   Currently, New Mexico Highlands serves approximately 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students at its main campus in Las Vegas and centers in Santa Fe/Espaņola, Farmington, Rio Rancho/Albuquerque and Roswell. For more information regarding courses in Raton, contact Vincent C. Garcia at (575)445-0445.

New Mexico
Highlands University
130 Park Avenue
Raton, NM
(575) 445-0445

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