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Posted October 22, 2013

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College & Career High Supporting Student Success

Students are on a path to earning a high school diploma and an associate's degree.

Students at the newest high school in Albuquerque Public Schools told Superintendent Winston Brooks that College & Career High is having a positive impact on their learning and their lives.

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“The small classes here are really nice. I can get help from teachers in a very personalized way whenever I need it," said senior Ryan O'Brian, who is studying to be an Emergency Medical Technician at the school located on the CNM campus. "I want to get a job as an EMT to be a front-line fireman and then work while I get a bachelor’s degree in computers."

Students at the school are following a path to earning a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. They are matched up with an academic success coach from CNM who makes sure they are taking the right classes and are headed for success.

“All of us students are able to get to know each other well, plus this has helped me so I don’t have to drive as much,” O’Brian said. “This has not only made my life easier but it has set me on a path to be far ahead when I finish high school. I can’t thank APS and CNM enough.”

The majority of the students that are attending the CCHS come from a diverse background including many who are the first in their family to attend college.

“All of these students that I am teaching are cutting edge,” said English teacher Maria de Armas Ladd. “I get to see how the students evolve in their learning and in their maturity through their learning. They are definitely changing and adapting quickly.”

The superintendent met with CCHS students and teachers last week during a Business Council meeting. The Business Council, chaired by Dale Dekker of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, is made up of business leaders who are critical partners in the efficacy and responsiveness of CCHS to workforce and economic needs of the central New Mexico economy.

The College and Career High School has submitted a second grant to the New Mexico Public Education Department for funding through their early college high school initiative.

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