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.
NMSU Carlsbad STEM SR2 Project
Improve Success for Hispanic and Low-Income Students in STEM Fields
New Mexico State University Carlsbad is a Hispanic-Serving, public, 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; 55% of the student population is Hispanic, low-income and first generation college students. The College is an independently accredited branch campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. NMSU Carlsbad serves Eddy Country (population 57,621) and is the only community college in this rural county. The College offers 17 certificate and five associate degree programs designed to prepare students for transfer into bachelor degree programs.
In October 2016, NMSU Carlsbad was awarded a 5-year, $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), Office of Postsecondary Education, HSI Program (Title III, Part F). The overall focus of this grant project is to enhance the institutional capacity to provide high quality post-secondary education to our student population with supplemental academic and advising support. To achieve this purpose, the SR2 Project is driven by three major goals: (1) Increase Access and Success in STEM for Hispanic and Low-Income Students; (2) Increase the Number of Hispanic and Low-Income Students Attaining STEM Degrees; and (3) Develop Articulation and Transfer Agreements in STEM with Four-Year Institutions.
FIVE YEAR INSTITUTIONAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Goal 1: Increase Access to STEM Education for Hispanic and Low- Income Area Students
Goal 2: Increase Number of Hispanic and Low-Income Students Attaining STEM Degrees
Goal 3: Increase STEM Articulation and Transfer Agreements with Four-Year Institutions
- NMSU Carlsbad Title III funds are specifically to be used to assist students in attaining educational goals by increasing retention, progression, transfer and graduation of Hispanic, low-income and first generation STEM students.
- NMSU Carlsbad Title III is committed to the success of all students with emphasis on those interested in STEM fields including those in Developmental Courses.
- Student Success Coaches to provide developmental students with specialized support specifically designed for remedial students. The SSC will follow students throughout their developmental process and provide such skills as problem solving techniques, financial literacy, assertiveness training, professional skills and promote non-cognitive skills. They will also assist students to address strengths and weaknesses and set short and long term academic goals, resulting in a realistic action plan.
- Location: Learning Assistance Center, Instructional Building, Room IB 253
- STEM Case Management Advisor and Outreach Coordinator will have the dual role of academic advising, referral of students to appropriate college departments or state/local agencies, preparing students for proficiency/evaluation testing, financial aid applications, recognizing at risk students and developing learning communities and strategies for student success, and serving as an advocate for a specific group of STEM students. Advising will be customized to meet the specific needs of the individual student, taking into account the student’s strengths and weaknesses. The second role of this position is to serve as the Outreach Coordinator contacting area wide K-12 schools and creating and organizing STEM outreach activities for students, families, and K-12 teachers to emphasize STEM education and career paths.
- Summer Bridge Program for new or returning students to provide review of math and English skills and student success workshops.
- Student Peer Mentors will provide assistance with study skills to include textbook reading, note-taking, learning styles, and time management. Will offer motivation and encouragement as well as guide students who are first generation, Hispanic, and/or low income to improve academic success.
- Faculty and Staff professional development offer exposure to best practices necessary for growth and change into a premier community college.
- STEM SR2 funds are being used to purchase equipment and update the aging Engineering lab as well as providing an outdoor alternative energy lab to be used in student research projects.