• Friends group connects local students with nature

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    During this past school year, Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge enabled 10 Las Vegas fourth and fifth grades to benefit from a field trip to LVNWR, with two more field trips to be scheduled for September.

    Friends’ volunteers conduct a pre-visit in student classrooms, in which each student dissects an owl pellet. These classroom activities are designed to prepare the students for their field trip.

  • Luna Community College programs approved

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    The Higher Learning Commission has authorized Luna Community College to offer three online degree programs. The associate of applied science degrees are in business administration, general agriculture and in military studies.

  • Student receives scholarship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University RN-BSN Program nursing student Felipe Baca was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Alta Vista Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

    Baca is the first RN-BSN student from Highlands to receive a scholarship from the Auxiliary since the nursing program was established at the university in 2008.

  • LCC announces honor roll

    Luna Community College announced its Spring 2011 Vice President’s Honor Roll. Inclusion on the Vice President’s Honor Roll requires students to complete, without incomplete grades included, at least 12 graded credit hours with at least a 3.66 GPA. Graded credit hours do not include S/U graded courses, audits or credit by exam.

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  • HU to host computer camp

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    New Mexico Highlands University is collaborating with two science education programs to host a free computer science camp for local youth and teachers on the university’s campus June 27 to July 1.
    Project GUTS, Growing Up Thinking Scientifically, and the Supercomputing Challenge are presenting the Summer Round Up! science camp, one of many throughout New Mexico this summer. 
    The New Mexico Public Education Department and Google are also sponsors.

  • Schools participate in project

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    West Las Vegas and Robertson High Schools are among only six high schools nationwide selected to participate in an innovative NASA and SRI International pilot project for climate change education through a partnership with the New Mexico Highlands University GEAR-UP Program.

  • Las Vegas native graduates

    The University of Michigan’s flagship campus celebrated its spring commencement today, awarding degrees to more than 3,000 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates.

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    School Breakfast and Lunch Menu - West Las Vegas