Space Still Available For UNM-LA, LAHS Early College High School Career Explorations Program

Dr. Ben Neal from the Children’s Clinic in White Rock demonstrates a zombie attack. Photo by Vint Miller/UNM-LA

Students practice their new welding skills. Photo by Vint Miller/UNM-LA

Early College High School Program student Ocean Gross participates in a robotics demonstration. Photo by Vint Miller/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The Early College High School Program, a joint venture between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and the Los Alamos High School, still has a few openings for next week’s session running June 9-13. Students have enjoyed the first session that is wrapping up this Friday.

The Early College High School Program will allow students to explore a variety of career options in science, technology, engineering, math and health sciences through hands-on learning activities. The topics to be covered next week include biofuels/biological sciences, digital media, emergency medicine/fire science, engineering, environmental science, health sciences, immunology, public safety, robotics, and welding.

A fun, unifying theme in each session is the threat of a Zombie Apocalypse, and how each of these disciplines might be used to thwart the impending invasion.

Grace Willerton, an Accelerate Career and Technical Advisor at UNM-LA explained, “The events we have this summer are just an introduction to the Early College High School program. We are hoping to get students interested in a career, so when they get to high school, they consider the Early College High School program. The program is going to be a school within a school at LAHS. Students can take classes within an educational pathway to earn both high school and college credit toward a high school diploma in four years and, ideally, a certificate or associate’s degree in another year.”

Funding for the program is through a grant to Los Alamos Public Schools. UNM-LA is hosting the summer classroom sessions on the UNM-LA campus. Three of the sessions include field trips to an LA County fire station, the LA County Police and Justice Center, and the New Mexico Consortium Laboratory in Los Alamos.

Each day is divided into two sessions running 9 a.m. to noon, with an hour break for lunch. The afternoon session runs 1-4 p.m. Light snacks are provided during morning check in and students are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

The free program is open to all Los Alamos Public School students in grades 8-10. Online registration is now open at For more information, contact either the UNM-LA Student Services office at 505.662.0332 or Grace Willerton at 505.663.3402, or via email

Dr. Ben Neal from the Children’s Clinic walks students through the steps taken during a zombie autopsy. Photo by Vint Miller/UNM-LA





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