Education

Brown Mackie College & EDMC Schools To Forgive $632,000 In Loans Made To New Mexico Students

EDMC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  For-profit education company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgive more than $632,000 in loans for approximately 553 New Mexico former students, through a qui tam settlement with Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of state attorneys general.
 
EDMC, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada through four education systems, including Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South

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Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program Needs ESL Tutors

Tutor and student. Courtesy photo

RAALP News:

 Become an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor with the Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program (RAALP).

You do not need to speak a foreign language to be an ESL tutor. Training, study materials, and on-going support provided. The next ESL tutor training is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 8 and 9 in Española.

Tutors make a volunteer commitment of two hours per week. Tutor-student pairs meet at any public place at a time convenient to them. RAALP has 25 new English learners from the area on the waiting list

For more information or to sign up, contact RAALP at 505.747.6162


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Public Survey On UNM-LA Bachelor And Graduate Programs Ends Friday

The public is encouraged to give feedback as to what types of bachelor and graduate programs it would like to see at UNM-LA. Courtesy/BigStock

UNM-LA News:

A survey seeking input on the interest in upper division and graduate programs in Los Alamos closes Friday.

This survey, prepared by students in the MBA program at the University of New Mexico-Anderson School of Management, has already been completed by approximately 100 individuals. The data collected in the survey will help determine which types of academic programs and delivery methods might best meet local community needs.

If you have


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White Rock Senior Center Offers Wood Carving Class

WRSC News:
 
The White Rock Senior Center is offering Wood Carving Instruction for Beginners – concentrating on the whittler starting Dec. 7.
 
There are three levels of wood carving. If the product would sell for less than $25, that is a whittler. If the product would sell for $25 to $100, that is a carver. If the product would sell for more than $100, that is a sculptor.
 
The current wood carvers group, primarily John Tubb and Fred Minshall, are proposing a series of workshops on how to get started in carving wood. These workshops a 1/2 hour long starting at 11 a.m., Monday of

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AFTNM On Approval Of State’s Plan To Provide Equal Access To Excellent Educators

AFTNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“We are disappointed to hear the United States Department of Education has approved New Mexico’s State Equity Plan to Provide Equal Access to Excellent Educators.

“The goal of this plan is to close the equity gap in education, meaning all students, especially those attending low-income or rural schools receive equal access to high quality public educators, however the New Mexico Public Education failed to meaningfully incorporate stakeholder input from parents,


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UNM-LA Donates Darkroom Equipment To LAHS

LAHS photography teacher Michelle Griffin looks on as her husband Matthew, left, and UNM-LA staffer Alex Zubelewicz move one of four enlargers that UNM-LA has donated to LAHS. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Traditional darkroom photography skills­—developingfilm, printing, enlarging, and using filters—are still valuable for aspiring photographers to learn.

UNM-LA recently donated a significant amount of darkroom equipment to the photography program at Los Alamos High School where 75 – 100 students take photography classes each semester.

“We now have enough equipment for


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Math & Science Night At Mountain School Today!

MOUNTAIN SCHOOL News:

Mountain Elementary School is hosting a Family Math and Science Night 5:30-7 p.m. today in the school’s gymnasium.

The community is invited to the event and participants will have the opportunity to play math games, check out math and science displays and enter a raffle drawing. Dinner will be provided.

Mountain Elementary School is at 2280 North Road in Los Alamos.


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Four LAHS Athletes Sign National Letters Of Intent

Four Los Alamos High School athletes signed National Letters of Intent today at a table outside the Athletic Department at LAHS. From left, Sarah Lott – University of Utah (swimming); Lane Saunders – Eastern New Mexico University (baseball); Ashlynn Trujillo – New Mexico Highlands University (basketball) and Brianna Montano – New Mexico Highlands University (Volleyball). Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

LAHS’s college bound athletes from left, Sarah Lott, Lane Saunders, Ashlynn Trujillo and Brianna Montano. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com


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American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Responds To Public Schools Risk Advisory

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly

AFTNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

 

“Auditor Keller is correct to draw attention to the importance for all school districts in New Mexico to closely follow provisions of the School Personnel Act, and the potential consequences when the law is circumvented.

“We have recent examples from Albuquerque, Mora, and Espanola of serious issues which can arise when the School Personnel Act is not followed. Most notably, risks to our children, educational professionals,


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LAHS Senior Shares School Year In France

Los Alamos High School senior Faith Koh recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the 2014-15 school year she spent in France as part of the Club’s Youth Exchange Program. Koh is wearing her Rotary blazer heavily-laden with pins she collected from other Rotary exchange students abroad. For more information about the Rotary Club’s Youth Exchange Program, contact Rob Metcalf at 505.661.2358. Photo by Jean Gindreau


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Los Alamos Schools On Delayed Schedule Today

LAPS News:

Delayed Start

  • Students should arrive at school for these start times
    • 9:50am – LAHS
    • 10:00am – LAMS
    • 10:20am – Elementary schools (On Wednesdays, no school when there is a two-hour delay, YMCA programs start at noon)
    • Morning Pre-School is cancelled; afternoon Pre-School will meet as usual
  • Busses will arrive at bus stops two hours later than the usual pickup time
  • Parking lots will usually be cleared and ready for buses and cars by 7:30am.  Please allow our maintenance staff to clear the parking lots.
  • Sidewalks will usually be cleared by 8:00am
  • With regard to employees

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NNMC’s 20th Annual Foundation Scholarship Gala Raises Funds To Aid Students

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus chats with Española Valley Public Schools Acting Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez during NNMC’s 20th Annual Foundation Scholarship Gala Saturday evening at the Ohkay Convention Center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus with SOC’s Liddie Martinez and Jack Killeen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Northern New Mexico College President Dr. Nancy ‘Rusty’ Barceló announced at Saturday’s event that she will retire in 2016. She has served


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SFCC Begins New Radiologic Technology Program

SFCC News:

  • Spring Registration Opens Tues., Nov. 17

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College begins spring registration Tue., Nov 17.

Brand new is the Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Sciences degree program. The college created the program in response to a growing demand for this specialized training in northern New Mexico.

Radiologic Technology classes will be held at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Road. Admission policies and applications for the program are posted online. New students need to contact Interim Director Michael Frain at 505.428.1649 for details


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100+ Women Who Care Honor LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron; Fund Nine Behavioral Health Initiatives

From left, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Debbie Shelton, Johanna Jiron, Marvel Harrison, Feliciano Jiron, Mary Beth Maasson and Kristy Orgeta. Los Alamos Medical Center and its CEO Feliciano Jiron are honored at a special gathering Thursday at Unquarked for assisting 100+ Women Who Care to fund nine behavioral health initiatives within the Los Alamos community. The women raised $20,000 to fund the programs with the help of a $10,000 match from United Way of Northern New Mexico and about $2,000 from LAMC. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The only man in a room full of women at


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Discover Future Of Digital Paleontology 7 p.m. Tuesday

Ralph Chapman at the Smithsonian National Museum in front of the non-digital Hatcher, the Triceratops. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Is digital modeling the future of paleontology? Find out at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

Paleontologist, geologist and biologist Ralph Chapman will present the first digital dinosaur and discuss innovations in the field of virtual paleontology. Explore this brave new world of three-dimensional dinosaurs and meet the virtual Hatcher, the Smithsonian National Museum’s Triceratops.

Chapman, who led the development of the digital


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How Scientifically Accurate Is ‘The Martian’ Movie?

Is Mars the next frontier? Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Is the recent movie, The Martian, far fetched? What is the atmosphere like on the surface of Mars? How long can an astronaut survive there?

Rick Wallace will lead a planetarium show and discussion of Mars, the challenges, opportunities, and realities of this red planet at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is at 2600 Canyon Road. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visitwww.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org orcall 505.662.0460.

The Pajarito


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LAPS Delayed Start, School Cancelation, Or Early Dismissal Due To Snow Or Ice

By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

This message is to provide districtwide procedures, communications strategies, and to help us further prepare for the winter of 2015-16. 

The information may be particularly important because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting ~150 percent of the annual average snow fall for northern New Mexico this year.

Communications

  • The decision to close school or delay the start of school will usually be made by 5:30 a.m.
  • Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page,

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