NMSU Carlsbad Title V Grant Award
Access and Success for Hispanic and Low-Income Students in Healthcare Programs
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad is a Hispanic-Serving, public, open-admissions, two-year institution located in Carlsbad, New Mexico–in the southeastern part of the state. NMSU-Carlsbad has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students; 46% of the student population is Hispanic and 909% are low-income. The College is an independently accredited branch campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. NMSU-Carlsbad serves Eddy Country (population 51,360) and is the only community college in this rural county. The College offers 16 certificate and five associate degree programs designed to prepare students for transfer into bachelor degree programs.
In October 2010, NMSU-Carlsbad was awarded a 5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), Office of Postsecondary Education, HSI Program (Title V, Part A). The overall focus of this grant project is to enhance the institutional capacity to provide high quality post-secondary education to our student population by providing students the opportunity to move through the healthcare-related education pipeline with more program options, supplemental academic and advising support, and expanded access to instruction and hospital clinical time (virtually). To achieve the project’s overall purpose, NMSU-Carlsbad intends to (1) develop two new Allied Health associate degree programs, which are Health Information Technology and Surgical Technology, (2) provide supplemental academic support for Allied Health students through an Academic Success Lab and proactive academic advising, (3) expand access to programs and 21st century learning technologies by adapting some of the Allied Health and Nursing courses to an online/hybrid format, updating the nursing student learning laboratory and developing a human patient simulated hospital setting within the new Allied Health building, and (4) establish an endowment fund, which will be matched dollar for dollar by USDE funds at the completion of the grant award period.
The maximum dollar amount which can be matched is $310,200.00. This endowment has raised funds of $3,407.00 to date. The endowment fund will assist in ensuring the institutionalization and ongoing benefit of the project’s objectives. Fundraising efforts are being coordinated by the NMSU Foundation, and will be ongoing through the end of the grant period, September 30, 2015. Long after the project has ended, this endowment will help sustain new program development and fund Allied Health and Nursing student scholarships, as well as expand the ALlied Health educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students. By continuing to develop and refine the Allied Health curriculum programs, as well as fund scholarships and future equipment needs, the students’ ability to succeed in college and benefit the surrounding Eddy County communities is strengthened.
Office Location: Main Building, Room 214
The NMSU Carlsbad Community College’s mission is to provide access to quality education opportunities and to support the economic and cultural life of the people of southeastern New Mexico.