LCSN: Bingaman praises success of Arrowhead Early College High School

February 22, 2012. Retrieved online February 23, 2012 from Reyes Mata III, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, stopped by Arrowhead Early College High School on Wednesday as part of his annual tour to engage with New Mexico students and “encourage their interest in public policy.”

“I’m here to learn about the Early College High School and the innovative programs they have going on here, and the success they have at keeping students involved,” said Bingaman immediately after he heard two students speak about their experience at the experimental high school on the New Mexico State University campus.

Arrowhead, he said, is “showing great progress at student performance. All that I have heard sounds very good.”

The school prepares students to graduate with both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree in just four years. It opened in July 2010.

Dhalea Macias, a 16-year-old Arrowhead student, spoke with the senator and relayed her feelings about her opportunities at the school.

“This program is not like a high school where you are just a face in the crowd,” she said. “You are somebody here, you are a significant individual.”

Angel Martinez, 16, said the programs in which he is enrolled have moved him along faster than he would have normally progressed.

“It’s helped me get so far ahead in classes, that I couldn’t even have imagined,” he said. “I’m going to class, getting my work done. They are guiding me for a career, not just a job,” he said.

Bingaman was in Las Cruces to host his annual Student Leadership Institute where the senator and his top policy advisers interact with education officials and students to learn how to “advance education, economic growth and other issues important to New Mexicans,” according to his office.

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