Welcome to our NMSU Grants web page – we are a rural, open admission, two-year public community college serving New Mexico’s northwest region (primarily Cibola County). We are one of four community college’s operating under the leadership of New Mexico State University (NMSU), our state’s land grant university. The five Regents of NMSU are our Governing Board and are appointed by New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez. Our NMSU system leadership is provided by our NMSU Chancellor, Dr. Garrey Carruthers.
While NMSU Grants is under the direction of NMSU, we operate financially independent of NMSU; based on our own revenue which is derived from our student enrollment, student credit hours, tuition and local tax support. Our local school district, the Grants Cibola County School District Board acts in the role of our local Advisory Board. NMSU Grants offers certificate and associate degrees and we encourage our students to transfer to complete their bachelor’s degree either thru online programs or physical transfer to a four-year college.
My intention with this ‘web message’ is directed to those of you that may be considering attending NMSU Grants. In our country, public education (K-12) is a ‘public right’; that is why public education in America is ‘free’. But higher education is not a ‘public right’ – that is why students pay tuition to attend college, at either a two-year community college or four-year college/university. Yet, we are fortunate in that our country offers many financial benefits which encourage students to attend and complete college, i.e. federal financial aid, scholarships and in New Mexico we also have the benefit for recent high school/GED graduates of our New Mexico Lottery Scholarship.
College is a ‘goal’ to set for yourself, an ‘investment’ in yourself and it isn’t an easy goal to accomplish – but nothing worth having is easy that’s why thru life we value the goals we set for ourselves and complete!! What I’d like to share with those of you that are reading this message, if you are considering attending college, is that I ‘know for sure’ that my ‘education’ saved me, it gave me courage when I needed it and allowed me to “follow my bliss”. My education gave me choices far beyond what I ever imagined for myself; it gave me the courage to take leaps of faith in making challenging life decisions; that at this time of my life have as an author I admire, Joseph Campbell wrote “allowed me the privilege of becoming myself”. Campbell, a prolific writer that I have followed thru my lifetime was an educator whose teaching/writing focused on ‘heroes’ and ‘myths’ embedded thru all cultures. A year prior to his passing (1987) he taped a historic PBS TV interview series with Bill Moyers, “The Power of Myth”. Campbell wrote “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time. When you follow your bliss…doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.” (The Power of Myth, 1986)
Ten years, this July 2015, I had the fortune of being selected as President of NMSU Grants. I have a job that is always challenging with myriad experiences. Yes, sometimes it is difficult but it has always afforded me the opportunity to continue to grow and learn and that to me is ‘bliss’ – I am never bored and on each horizon is a new lesson/experience. Watching our students grow and find their own ‘bliss’ is such a gift within this career path I have been on. During our spring graduation ceremony, which is my favorite annual campus event, I take the opportunity to offer our students a ‘bendicion’ (a blessing). With my blessing, I remind our graduates that it is their responsibility to ‘shine’ in their lives – to find their personal “bliss” – for if they don’t use their life to shine, who will — someone else? Highly unlikely!! I look forward to your considering attending NMSU Grants and trust me when I say that an investment in your education will, I am sure, help you to shine in your life and as Campbell wrote throughout your lifetime “allow you to find your bliss and afford you the privilege of becoming yourself”!!
Dr. Felicia Casados,
President, NMSU Grants