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NMSU to host Young Achievers Forum, welcome sixth-graders, families to campus Feb. 10

For the second straight year, 500 sixth-grade students and their parents from across southern New Mexico will have the opportunity to experience New Mexico State University at the New Mexico Young Achievers Forum Feb. 10. Community en Accion, Linebarger Law Firm, and Bravo Chevrolet & Cadillac Dealerships of Las Cruces and El Paso are partners in this free event at NMSU.

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Sixth-grade students cheer during the first New Mexico Young Achievers Forum in 2017 at NMSU in Corbett Center. About 500 students and their families attended the event that encourages students to pursue a college education after high school. The 2018 Young Achievers Forum at NMSU will be held Feb. 10. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Corbett Center Student Union. Bernadette Montoya, vice president of NMSU Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, will give opening remarks, and Josie Ortegon, KVIA news reporter and NMSU alumna, will be the keynote speaker. The day also will include presentations from local career professionals.

“The Young Achievers Forum provides a tremendous opportunity for southern New Mexico youth and parents to comprehend the career opportunities available to them by pursuing education beyond high school,” said Anthony Marin, assistant vice president of student affairs at NMSU. “Community en Accion’s partnership with NMSU to introduce sixth-grade students to the university contributes to both organizations’ mission of serving the citizens of New Mexico and the region. We look forward to welcoming 500 future Aggies to the NMSU campus.”

Sixth-graders from Alamogordo Public Schools, Deming Public Schools, Gadsden Independent School District, Hatch Valley Public Schools, Las Cruces Public Schools and La Academia Dolores Huerta will participate. NMSU student and staff volunteers will assist with the event.

The goal of the Young Achievers Forum is to encourage students to pursue a college education or training after high school. Students and their families will learn more about four career fields including science, technology, engineering and mathematics; health and medical sciences; business and finance; and the liberal arts. Many of the students attending could be the first in their families to pursue higher education and this might be the first time for them to visit a college campus.

In addition to showcasing career opportunities, NMSU intends to provide a fun atmosphere that celebrates the students and the bright futures they have ahead of them. A D.J. will kick off the festivities and all that the NMSU Aggie experience offers.

For more information, contact the NMSU Student Success Center at 575-646-3136.