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NMSU's Center for Learning Assistance receives $880,000 grant

New Mexico State University's Center for Learning Assistance has been awarded an $880,000 grant for a TRIO Educational Talent Search Program from the U.S. Department of Education.


nt will be used to provide outreach services to 600 middle and high school students in the Gadsden Independent School District over the next four years.

"The addition of the TRIO Educational Talent Search Program will further strengthen NMSU's commitment to assisting first-generation, low-income students prepare for success in college," said Tony Marin, interim program director.

The TRIO Educational Talent Search Program will provide students from first-generation, low-income families with academic, career and personal advisement services as well as guidance about college admission requirements, scholarships and financial aid.

Marin, who is also the TRIO Upward Bound Program director, said the program will help participating students better understand their educational opportunities and options.

The TRIO Educational Talent Search Program is one of seven TRIO programs that help first-generation, low-income students attend and graduate from college. NMSU now has four programs - the Educational Talent Search Program, Upward Bound, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and Student Support Services.

Upward Bound offers student academic, career and personal advising and supplemental instruction on college campuses on Saturdays and during the summer. The McNair Program helps students prepare for doctoral studies by offering them research opportunities and faculty mentors. Student Support Services helps students stay in college until they earn their degrees by offering free tutoring, mentoring, financial assistance and cultural activities.

For more information on any of the TRIO programs at NMSU contact the Center for Learning Assistance at (505) 646-3136.

Sept. 5, 2006
Bianca L. Granado