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Valdez Hired as Extension 4-H Agent in Los Alamos County

LAS CRUCES -- Carlos Valdez began work May 13 for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service as the 4-H agent in Los Alamos County.


Valdez, an Espanola native, will implement 4-H programs for children of all ages. He also will help direct the county's master gardener program and work with a local home for mentally challenged children.

"I want to increase the number of children involved in 4-H by adding new programs," Valdez said. He plans to begin natural resource and horticulture projects for interested youth and start a week-long agriculture awareness program for local elementary schools.

Valdez comes to NMSU from Pojoaque, where he taught vocational agriculture and welding for 10 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in horticulture and a master's degree in agricultural and Extension education, both from NMSU.

During college, Valdez worked as a graduate assistant teaching undergraduate classes in agricultural and Extension education and recruiting new students.