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Deadline nears for summer program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Are you a high schooler interested in microfluidity? How about supercomputing?

The deadline to apply for a free, residential summer STEM program is coming up. Students who dig the sciences are encouraged to apply for the two-week Joint Science and Technology Institute by May 6. The application and more details can be found at https://orise.orau.gov/jsti-abq.

The program will run June 9-21 at the University of New Mexico. Participants will do activities and work on research projects while being mentored by Department of Defense, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories experts.

TEACHER TRAINING SITE OPENS: Albuquerque Public Schools officially opened its Berna Facio Professional Development Center over the weekend.

The highly anticipated and at times controversial facility – its cost was criticized during APS’ mill levy, bond election this year – was unveiled Saturday.

The nearly 50,000-square-foot teacher training facility had a $22.3 million project budget, according to APS.

The facility at 3315 Louisiana NE is named after the long-time teacher and former Board of Education member.

Superintendent Raquel Reedy says the building makes a statement that the school district takes growth and education seriously, and she said it’s more convenient for teachers and staff.

“They no longer have to sit on kindergarten chairs or in cold gyms with bad acoustics or at cafeteria tables that, quite frankly, are a little tricky for some of us to get in and out of,” she said.

The community can drop by through Friday to check it out and see special artwork on display.

APS GETS NO. 1 RANKING: APS got a shout out from BackgroundChecks.org.

The online background check website ranks school districts in each state. It’s unclear why a background website is rating school districts.

But APS was ranked No. 1 followed by Los Alamos Public Schools, Cloudcroft and Dora Municipal Schools and Las Cruces Public Schools.

Student enrollment, graduation rates, school funding, standardized test scores and teacher-to-student-ratios were used in the determination.

NEW PREP PROGRAMS AT NM TECH: The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology’s Alternative Licensure Programs, which were recently accredited by the state Public Education Department, will be offered at the school in August.

The alternative educator prep programs are for secondary and elementary licenses.

The new programs will be admitting “as many students as possible,” according to Megha Khandelwal program coordinator of psychology and education.

Aspiring teachers with at least a bachelor’s degree and a minimum GPA of 2.75 are eligible. Applicants must apply by July 10 for the fall semester.

Classroom time is built into the program as well to get future teachers hands-on experience.

Shelby Perea: sperea@abqjournal.com

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