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New Mexico State University plans to expand both its presence and educational services offered at White Sands Missile Range. The university will formally sign a memorandum of understanding with WSMR at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1.
The agreement will expand NMSU's distance MBA program to military personnel at WSMR. In 2005, the College of Business began offering MBA program classes at alternate locations to help professionals unable to attend regular NMSU classes in reaching their career goals. NMSU has similar MBA programs already in place for civilians at White Sands as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory.
"This is an opportunity for us to work more closely with one of our neighbors and important economic development partners," said Associate Business Dean Kathleen Brook.
She said the agreement is important because it gives more opportunities to working students while continuing to extend the MBA program beyond the NMSU campus.
"The signing of this MOU is a win-win situation for all involved," said Col. Gary D. Giebel, WSMR garrison commander. "It is great to partner with our neighbors and an outstanding New Mexico educational institution such as NMSU. This partnership will allow our military and civilians to continue to get a quality education at WSMR and at the same time allow NMSU to branch out and offer their education services to the military abroad. I want to personally thank NMSU President Michael Martin and the rest of the NMSU staff/faculty for what they do on a daily basis for White Sands Missile Range."
NMSU is a member of the Servicemember's Opportunity College consortium. The university also provides a number of distance education programs using the Internet and other electronic means to deliver education to the military.
"This is part of our continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of those in our community and state, whether they are in the military or civilians," said Bobbie Derlin, associate vice president of student success and associate dean of the university's College of Extended Learning.
The new deal also extends a long-standing agreement between WSMR and NMSU Doņa Ana Community College to provide a satellite campus. That campus has been in operation at WSMR since 1991. NMSU has provided educational services at WSMR since the early 1970s.
"Education is a powerful enabler which prepares our U.S. Armed Forces for the future by providing them with the skills needed to deal with today's challenges and the tools required to maintain that competitive edge," said Angel McShan, WSMR education services officer.
"I am pleased that NMSU has joined WSMR Army Continuing Education System in our commitment to promoting lifelong learning opportunities to those who protect and serve our country. This is just the beginning of many great partnerships I hope to establish in the future."
NMSU President Michael Martin and Provost William Flores are both scheduled to participate along with Garrey Carruthers, business dean and vice president for economic development.
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