Board Approves Master’s Degree Program for Teachers

Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, left, and Superintendent Gene Schmidt asked the School Board Tuesday night to grant approval of a plan to create a master’s degree program for Los Alamos teachers. Although the program will require initial funding, the increase in State funding received by the district for having teachers with higher levels of education will offset much of the cost in the future, Schmidt explained. In a 4-0 vote, the Board granted approval of the program. After some discussion, Highlands University was chosen over the University of New Mexico to deliver the program because Highlands is willing to provide face-to-face rather than online instruction and tuition costs are about three times lower. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Superintendent Gene Schmidt asked the School Board for a resolution supporting a $100,000 grant proposal to the State of New Mexico to build a program granting a ‘High School 2.0 Dual Diploma.’ Students in the program would earn a college-level associate degree at the same time as they earn a high school diploma. The program is geared to meet the needs of students who might not otherwise consider college or might consider leaving high school to get a GED certification, as well as attracting students who are currently homeschooled, Schmidt said. In a 4-0 vote, the School Board agreed to support the grant proposal. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


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