Navigating the first year of college, plus The line Panel

NMiF: Navigation the first year of college

This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with high school seniors and a UNM undergraduate student to discuss the challenges of navigating the transition between high school and college.

Sarah also talks with Angelo Gonzales, executive director of Mission: Graduate, about efforts to improve graduation rates in high schools across New Mexico.

Host Gene Grant leads a debate on the latest news headlines with the Line opinion panelists, including the passage by House Republicans of the American Health Care Act, a replacement and repeal of the current Affordable Care Act, and the impact on health coverage for New Mexicans. The panel also discusses a recent report showing New Mexico has the lowest high school graduation rate in the nation and looks at a controversial ATF sting operation in Albuquerque.

Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus

Studio Guests:
Gabe Gallegos, Director of Communication, Associated Students of the University of New Mexico
Sonny Olguin, high school senior at Native American Community Academy
Brennan Ollivier, high school senior at Native American Community Academy
Angelo Gonzales, executive director, Mission: Graduate

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Eric Griego, former state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of
Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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