Native American Program Initiatives

The Native American Program, with funding from the NASNTI Grant, supports local community initiatives including:

Adult Basic Education

The adult education program is a non-credit part of NMSU Grants that helps students who have not completed high school. The program will help improve reading, writing, math and/or English communication skills, and will help students earn their GED (General Education Development) diploma, prepare for higher education, keep or find a job, or reach specific individual goals.There are two Adult Basic Education Outreach Centers:

  • Pueblo of Acoma
  • To’hajiilee

Dual Credit

summeracademyflyer-244The Dual Credit program was established to increase educational opportunities for high school students, simultaneously earning them credit at secondary and post-secondary levels. It allows students to explore career options and offers students a pathway to earning college credits before they graduate from high school.

Two Dual Credit Summer Academies were offered in 2012, one for high school seniors and one for juniors.

For 2013, we have expanded the program to offer three Summer Academies. Download the brochure (pdf).

June 3—13 (Computer Science Focus)
June 17-27 (Science & Health Focus)
July 22—August 2 (Southwest Studies)

Eligibility Criteria

  • 2.25 CUM GPA with leadership abilities, positive attitude, and open to learning.
  • Grants, Laguna-Acoma, Tohajiilee, Pine Hill, Tse Yi Gai, Thoreau, or Quemado High School incoming Freshmen through incoming Seniors. Limited to 20 students per Academy.
  • Complete NMSU Grants Summer Dual Credit application packet.
  • High School Transcripts (letter of recommendation is strongly encouraged).

Earth and Spring Day Activities

2012 summer academy students in class
On April 20th and April 26th, 2012, NMSU Grants and NASNTI hosted Earth and Spring Visitor Days.Earth Day took place April 20, 2012 and kicked off with registration, welcoming high school seniors from To’hajiilee, Laguna Acoma, and Grants High Schools. Students were then introduced to the NMSU Grants and NASNTI staff.

small1-244Dale Vicente, an elder from the Pueblo of Acoma, proceeded with a blessing of the NASNTI South House, which serves as a hub for all students complete with kitchen and study area. Following the blessing, students began part one of the American Indian Well Being Model in Higher Education Workshop. They were able to identify and personalize 8 pillars of the Well Being Model: Spiritual, Cultural, Mental, Emotional, Social, Professional, Physical and Emotional Well Being.

Jane Prewett, a NMSU Grants Professional Tutor, then began her presentation on Careers in Mathematics using hands on activities to display Math in a new light. Following Jane’s presentation, students were able to ask questions of April Armijo, Rachelle Simpson, and Harvey Thomas regarding their experiences as college students. After a morning of sessions, the students were provided a hearty lunch by J&J Snack Shack. Before their departure, a tour of the NMSU Grants campus was led by NASNTI staff. On this day, the NMSU Grants Skills USA team showcased their entries and allowed the students to partake in their hands-on activities.

small2-244Spring Visitor Day took place on April 26, 2012 and welcomed back students from the first session with an icebreaker. Another NMSU Grants Professional Tutor, Paul Reddy, took the stage and introduced students to possible careers in technology. Following Paul’s presentation, students began part two of the American Indian Well Being Model in Higher Education Workshop. This time, they identified and personalized an additional 8 pillars of the Well Being Model: Linguistic, Artistic, Intellectual, Technical, Cyclical, Medicinal, Economic and Political Well Being. After a complete understanding of the Well Being Higher Education Model, students were asked to design their own and present it. Many creative variations were presented including Well Being Models as a snowflake, a sneaker, a strip of film, and a baseball field.

Overall, the program was a success. Students felt the experience was rewarding and prepared them for the road ahead. Some even plan on attending NMSU Grants after graduation.

Student Success Services and Tutoring

Professional tutors are available in the Student Success Center as part of the grant’s initiative to support student success and retention, build institutional capacity to improve technology in our academic environments and increase transfer rates of NMSU Grants students to pursue advanced degrees.The professional tutors are:

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