ESPAÑOLA – One of Northern New Mexico College’s (NNMC) unsung success stories is the amount of scholarships it has received in recent months.
These grants will allow Northern to better support its students, build programs, hire faculty, expand workforce training opportunities and even begin planning an El Rito microgrid.
“We have built our grant portfolio to enhance our program offering at Northern. It takes a lot of coordination and effort for many NNMC staff to develop so many proposals,” said NNMC President Bárbara Medina. “I’m Dr. Special thanks to Ivan Lopez for his leadership and to Zeke Parra, Kristy Alton and the folks in finance and administration who actively nurture our grant portfolio at Northern. Their dedication to student success is a tremendous asset to Northern.”
Three major federal and state scholarships were recently awarded:
The US Department of Education 2022 five-year NNMC El Centro Title V Program grant of $2,674.75, which will be used to expand NNMC’s dual enrollment/dual credit (DE/DC) support and guidance capacity expand and successfully transfer students create academic and professional careers, create a new center for teaching and learning, and strengthen NNMC’s financial stability through increased enrollment, retention, persistence, transfer, graduation, and career success for Hispanic and low-income students. This is the third Title V grant that NNMC has received in the past four years.
The New Mexico Higher Education Department has awarded two $2.5 million awards to create two faculty-endowed positions, one for teacher education and one for the nursing program.
NNMC’s Upward Bound program has received a five-year extension from the US Department of Education. The scholarship will provide $297,007 per year (nearly $1.5 million) to help participants prepare for college entrance. Northern’s program serves 60 first-generation and low-income high school students from Española Valley High School each year.
Northern has also received several smaller grants that benefit specific programs.
The New Mexico Public Education Department has made two major grants to Northern’s teacher education program: $783,000 from the NMPED Teacher Residency program to encourage and support educator preparatory programs and $286,250 from NMPED Teacher Scholarships to fund teacher residency faculty and student scholarships
Northern’s Associate Degree Nursing Program received $680,000 from the NMHED in Nursing Expansion Funds for AY 2023. Funds will be used to expand program enrollments, increase program completion rates, maintain RN license exam pass rates, and recruit and retain qualified nursing staff and staff. The goal is to retain and graduate various nursing students to meet local labor needs for registered nurses.
The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Northern $481,000 as part of the American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge. The grant’s lead agency, the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District, is working with several colleges and universities in northern New Mexico to create the Northern New Mexico Workforce Integration Network (WIN), a training program for health, construction, and construction staff. The goal is to create pathways to high-paying jobs in healthcare and construction, with a focus on Latinos, Indigenous and formerly incarcerated individuals, and those recovering from a substance abuse disorder. Northern will use part of the funds to recruit teachers in the fields of health sciences, technical professions and integrated basic education and qualifications (I-BEST).
NNMC’s Technical Trades program received a $219.9,000 grant from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (ENMRD) for the Resilient El Rito Micro Grid Project. This planning phase grant will be used to coordinate the design and construction of a microgrid to power the El Rito area and NNMC El Rito campus, with a battery storage system for off-peak solar power periods. Estimated completion date is July 1, 2023.
Northern’s Technical Trades program is also one of four colleges commissioned by ENMRD to provide International Energy Compliance Code 2018 training for construction industry professionals. The free training offered by NNMC, Doña Ana Community College, San Juan College and Santa Fe Community College prepares design/build professionals as well as code officials to meet the new preservation requirements.
The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) awarded $50,000 to La Despensa del Barrio, Northern’s pantry, to expand food distribution to serve more students and connect students to state, local, and federal resources. The Student Food Security Grants are part of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Food, Farm and Hunger Initiative. NNMC is one of 15 colleges to receive funding from the program, which is expected to benefit more than 15,000 students by ensuring they have adequate food and nutrition to thrive in school.
Other scholarships include:
- NMPED Perkins Grant Nursing/Trades: $127,992 for career and technical education programs;
- A $170,500 Early Childhood Student Success Grant to support students enrolled in early childhood education programs;
- Three NM-INBRE awards totaling $142,308 for faculty and undergraduate research programs in biology and chemistry;
- Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) MSI Workforce Program awarded $275,000 from Minority Serving Institution Capacity Expansion Grant;
- Congressional Directed Spending provided $260,000 in funding for NNMC’s agricultural farm and medicinal herbs; and
- The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions has awarded the college a total of $159,998 to provide career and technical training programs in welding, carpentry and electrical line workers.