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UNM-Taos Education & Care Center Awarded Funds to Transform Life and Workforce in Northern New Mexico: UNM Newsroom

Dallas Loretto knew he needed to change his life and knew that adult education was the key to opening new doors. The door he opened led him to the Taos Education & Career Center (TECC) at UNM-Taos.

“TECC was a haven where I could forget my past and focus on making myself better. Healthy mentally, physically and emotionally. Wanting to make a positive impact in my life. he said. “TECC gave me the boost I needed.” Since his graduation, Loretto has enjoyed a rewarding career as a community health worker.

After dropping out of high school, Heather LeDoux, mother of two, thought she missed the chance to realize her dream of becoming a nurse.

After graduating from TECC, Dallas Loretto entered the healthcare profession as a community health worker.

Last fiscal year, TECC increased the percentage of High School Equivalent (HSE) graduates by 132%. The Adult Education Division of the New Mexico Department of Higher Education took note of this and recently awarded TECC with its newly acquired funding to help it continue its good work.

“To recognize your achievements and encourage your continued efforts to complete HSE, we would like to award an additional $10,000 next fiscal year. Derived from Candelaria’s regular allotment of $50,000 to adult education, we encourage completion of HSE with a ‘give-ahead’ model,” said Amber Amber, director of the Adult Education Division at the New Mexico Department of Higher Education. Gallup Rodriguez announced. “This is the first time we have been offered these funds, and it feels a little experimental.”

TECC education and development manager Erin Clark said enrollment was strong before the pandemic, and now that HSEs are meeting in person again, their enrollment numbers are starting to recover.

“UNM-Taos’ TECC adult education program is one of the state’s most successful adult education resources,” said UNM-Taos Chancellor Mary Gutierrez. “Student needs and situations are diverse, so it is important to have effective alternatives to traditional education. Traditional high schools cannot meet the needs of all students. Provides a means of qualifying high school equivalence for students who do not need to graduate from a formal high school to demonstrate high school proficiency. It will make a huge difference in future education, quality of life, and TECC is also making a difference to the workforce in northern New Mexico.”

This funding will be used during the 2022-2023 fiscal year/program year, subject to state procurement regulations, for activities or purchases related to supporting and building the HSE Preparatory Program at UNM-Taos (e.g., related software, necessary for student success). technology). , advertising and outreach, tutoring, etc.).

“While we are still evaluating how the funds will be used, there are other options such as professional development to enhance teaching and student excursions to build learning communities and expand outreach.”

“In the past, TECC has demonstrated innovation and has been provided the opportunity to continue to innovate by the State Department of Higher Education. It guarantees that we will keep trying,” Gutierrez added.