January 15, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Education projects that jobs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are growing but the number of students currently studying in those areas is not keeping pace.
What would it take to increase the number of college students pursuing STEM degrees here in New Mexico?
Our correspondent Stan Wilson sits down this week with UNM student Ayse Muniz and Gabriel Montaño from Los Alamos National Laboratory. They talk about the cultural and academic challenges that students may face and what they hope to see in the future.
October 9, 2015 – A local nonprofit that helps adults open savings accounts to pay for education, a home or a new business is piloting a new program for young people.
Ona Porter, president and CEO of Prosperity Works, sits down this week with NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus to talk about the Prosperity Kids program. Porter says previous research on children’s savings accounts in other states showed that having even a small amount of money saved for college made it more likely that a student would finish high school and enroll in secondary education.
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