LAPS Receives $100,000 ‘Early College in High School’ Grant

LAPS News:

Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the Los Alamos Public Schools will receive a $100,000 Early College in the High School grant that enables Los Alamos High School students to work on college degrees even as students earn their high school diploma.

In a unique partnership with the UNM-Los Alamos, Los Alamos High School (LAHS)will forge alliances with northern New Mexico’s most important businesses, industries, and universities to provide a 21st Century approach to learning, called Los Alamos High School 2.0.

“Early college high school programs are a critical part of our education reform to ensure that every New Mexico studentis prepared to enter the workforce or college,” Martinez said.

LAHS 2.0 personalizes learning pathways for students, opens college doors to a new generation of historically under served students and positions graduates to be the first choice for hire when entering the job market or seeking acceptance to a university.

“Congratulations to Los Alamos Public Schools. We look forward to partnering with the school district on this initiative.” said UNM-LA Dean of Instruction Dr. Cynthia Rooney.

LAHS 2.0 will generate a new pool of college and highly skilled career graduates with associate degrees, which stands to benefit the entire state of New Mexico. It also creates stronger relationships between the LAHS, universities, business and community-based organizations. 

“We look forward to working with Los Alamos Public Schools on this new program. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said LANL Community Programs Office Director Dr. Kurt Steinhaus.

“I am really pleased with this news. LAHS 2.0 offers students a broader set of opportunities as well as helps us meet the district’s goal of preparing students for college or a profession,” said Los Alamos School Board President Jim Hall.

“This is a great opportunity to pool community resources and expose our students to careers and academic fields they may not otherwise experience,” Los Alamos School Board Secretary Matt Williams agreed.

The Los Alamos school administration will meet with the various grant partners to review the expectations and implementation timelines. The rest of 2013-14 school year will be used to develop the implementation plan for LAHS 2.0, which is expected to open in fall 2014. Students, school staff, and community members can look forward to school administration presenting information at the school and public events such as the upcoming new freshmen orientation and media reports.