- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Officials say a $2.8 million, five-year grant will boost science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at a New Mexico university, especially for the school’s Hispanic students.

The Roswell Daily Record reports (https://bit.ly/2dvPAFy ) that Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Vice President for Academic Affairs Ken Maguire says institutions with a student body that is at least 25 percent Hispanic were eligible for the grant. He says more than half the students at ENMU-R are Hispanic.

Maguire says the U.S. Department of Education grant will help the institution recruit and retain Hispanic students, create an innovation center for STEM learning and experimentation, and provide additional training and development for teachers in STEM fields.

According to Maguire, a 1980s-era laboratory will be converted into fabrication labs modeled after those at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, https://www.roswell-record.com

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