LCSN: Governor pushes to expand Early College High School concept

January 31, 2013. Retrieved online DATE from Lindsey Anderson, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — Gov. Susana Martinez visited Arrowhead Park Early College High School Thursday afternoon to see the school firsthand and draw attention to its example.

Martinez has asked the Legislature for $500,000 to replicate the school’s model at four to five other sites in the state.

“I brag about this school everywhere I go,” Martinez told a ninth grade history class. “I want to multiply this school all throughout the state.”

Arrowhead Park students will graduate from high school with an associate’s degree. No students have dropped out of the school in the three years since it opened. Most of the school’s population are minority and first-generation college students.

The governor and Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera toured the school and chatted with students, along with New Mexico State University President Manuel Pacheco, Doña Ana Community College President Margie Huerta and NMSU Regent Kari Mitchell who joined in the visit.

Martinez even offered her arm for poking for an 11th grade anatomy and physiology experiment.

She also presented student Maria Guadalupe Carrillo with a certificate of achievement. The high school junior has already earned 55 college credits.

Martinez spoke with a handful of students in the freshman history class, temporarily interrupting their work drafting their own Declaration of Independence to ask why they chose to attend the school. Some mentioned more challenging classes, others the lure of free college credits and minimizing post-university debt.

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