Cindy Leyba Accepts Program Specialist Position For SUN PATH Project At UNM-Los Alamos

Cindy Leyba. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is pleased to announce that Cindy Leyba has accepted the Program Specialist position for the SUN PATH project. For the past 12 years, Leyba has served as Operations Manager of the UNM-Los Alamos Bachelor & Graduate Programs through Extended Learning.

“I am excited to be part of the SUN PATH project and look forward to the opportunity to work closely with our consortium members,” Leyba. said. I will be working with UNM-LA Emergency Medical Services program to help students proceed from entry level credentials through to degree attainment and career advancement. We also plan to add a Personal Care Attendant program this year.”

The $15 million SUN PATH grant is funded by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training. The mission of the New Mexico Skill Up Network (SUN) is to expand and improve the ability of community colleges in New Mexico to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less. SUN aims to prepare program participants to succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the need of employers in New Mexico. The Pathway Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare (PATH) is about the focus on preparing students for a career in health care by teaching the necessary skills to do the job while strengthening reading, writing, and math abilities.

UNM-LA is one of 11 members of the SUN PATH Consortium, which includes Santa Fe Community College, Central NM Community College, Mesalands Community College, NM State University-Alamogordo, San Juan College, Eastern NM University-Roswell, Eastern NM University-Ruidoso and other UNM branch colleges in Gallup, Taos and Valencia.

“We are fortunate to have Ms. Leyba step into this role for our SUN PATH program,” UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney said. She brings experience with program oversight, a knowledge of our campus and this community, and experience assisting students with a variety of academic backgrounds. This is an exciting time for our program. In addition to the recent appointment of Ms. Leyba, we just completed the renovation of the EMS training facility, which features spaces for scenario-based learning, an ambulance simulator, and a technology enabled classroom. This remodel was financed by New Mexico GO Bonds, the SUN PATH Grant, and UNM-LA student facility fees. We will be hosting a community open house event for this sometime in mid-August.” 

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