CNM is getting $295,000, Highlands is receiving $296,000
Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque and New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., are among 20 colleges and universities receiving federal educational grants to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) to carry out higher education programs in food and agricultural sciences, the USDA announced Friday.
The 20 recipients will receive grants totaling nearly $6 million through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, with CNM getting $295,00 and Highlands receiving $296,000, according to a news release from the USDA.
The news release said the HSI Education grants program is now in its 13th year of funding. It provides support to HSIs to provide educational programs that attract outstanding underrepresented students to pursue careers in agricultural and food science related fields, according to the news release.
The news release also said there are currently more than 260 HSIs in 13 states and Puerto Rico where Hispanics constitute a minimum of 25 percent of the full-time undergraduate enrollment.