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Education

  • LV native excelling as software engineer

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University computer science graduate Amy Chavez Blea’s successful career as a software engineer for IBM got a kick start in 1999 when a university Career Services adviser encouraged her to apply for an internship with the corporation.

    Blea, a Las Vegas native who graduated from Highlands in 2000, was on campus this week to give talks to several computer science classes.

  • Internship changes LCC student’s view on education

    Luna Community College

    About a year ago, Luna Community College student Joseph Dominguez was at one of those points in his life were he wasn’t sure about his educational future.

    After one semester as an intern with the U.S. Census Bureau in Seattle, Dominguez is more focused than ever. Dominguez, a 2009 Robertson High graduate, served as a supervisory survey statistician during the fall semester in Seattle. It was the first time he was away from home.

  • In Brief - Education - March 7, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Police: Students had weapons
    BELEN — Belen police say four students are facing long-term suspensions and possible expulsion after they were caught with weapons on school grounds.

    School Superintendent Ron Marquez tells the Albuquerque Journal that any type of situation involving weapons and student safety is taken very seriously.

    Belen Police Chief Dan Robb says two unidentified Belen High School students were seen shooting each other with an airsoft pellet gun after school on Feb. 29.

  • San Miguel County youth named 4-H state ambassador

    By Jane Moorman
    New Mexico State University

    Robertson High School sophomore Sierra Zamora was inducted as a 4-H state ambassador during the annual 4-H senior leadership retreat in Albuquerque in January.

    Zamora, 16, joins Hugh Veit of Valencia County, Serina Pack of Grant County and Lily Woodall of Doña Ana County as the 2012 state ambassadors.

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  • Applications being accepted for program

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Smithsonian Latino Center is accepting applications for the 2012 Young Ambassadors Program being held June 24 – Aug. 3. The deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on  April 9. For information on the application process, visit www.latino.si.edu/education.

  • AAUW scholarships available

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas branch of the American Association of University Women is offering scholarship opportunities to New Mexico Highlands University main campus female students.

    The application deadline is April 16. One or more eligible students will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.

    Applicants must have demonstrated that they are capable of and committed to earning an undergraduate or graduate degree from Highlands. They must also live in Las Vegas or surrounding communities.

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