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NMSU's Pre-freshman Engineering Program to hold final assembly

The Pre-freshman Engineering Program (PREP) at New Mexico State University will hold its final assembly from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 25.

r Bill Richardson will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will also feature a welcome by NMSU Provost William Flores, student speakers, certificate and award presentations and a slide show.

One hundred and forty middle school students from Gadsden, Hatch and Las Cruces schools participated in this year's PREP summer program.

PREP is a seven-week, academically intense summer program designed to prepare pre-college students for careers in science, engineering and mathematics. The program incorporates academics with field trips and hands-on activities, such as racing solar cars, launching rockets and creating, launching and flying experiments in high-altitude balloons.

To participate in the free program, students may begin as early as sixth grade and attend for three years prior to college entrance. They must have an overall 3.0 grade point average, a 3.0 in their mathematics course and a 3.0 in either a science or English course.

The program is part of a national consortium of Hispanic institutions called Proyecto Access, which is funded by NASA through the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Other contributing sponsors include Las Cruces Roadrunner Transportation, the Gadsden Independent School District, Hatch Valley Public Schools, the Intel Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and the Jerome and Joyce Cutler Shaw Foundation.