As teachers in classrooms in Albuquerque Public Schools, we are enthusiastic about working with University of New Mexico faculty to transition students to college life and studies while they are still in our hands as high school students.
Those of us currently working with UNM faculty and students want to share with others how important these relationships are for our students and their families. We are challenged because of the growing pressures for time and accountability in K-12. That is why the proposed bill HB 259 titled Early College High School Initiative is so critical now.
Our first-generation public high schools students face greater obstacles applying to and succeeding in colleges and universities across the state. Our students tell us that bridging college and high school teaching and learning is truly life changing. They tell us that first-generation college students need transformational educational experiences that turn their lives around. These are the comments they shared with us in our classrooms:
• “Taking [this] course as a dual-enrollment college credit course at my high school assisted my transferring to UNM by helping me advance more in my desired career and also to suggest this class to peers who were still in Atrisco Heritage Academy or peers now in college.”