RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Although the plan is to introduce more career-technical job pathways into Rio Rancho high schools, Lincoln Middle School eighth-graders will get a jump on those upperclassmen, thanks to “Houses for Hounds.”
It’s a pilot project made possible by a group of partners: Rio Rancho Public Schools’ Career-Technical Education, Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Jaynes Corporation and Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.
So, who doesn’t like dogs? (Cats?) Naturally, middle school students like dogs and maybe, through this new program, will learn to love — or at least understand — math.
“We want to get you excited about math,” said Samantha Sengel, CNM vice president of enrollment strategy and advancement. “You’ll get to use your hands to change the world. CNM is a place where you can learn those skills. … You’re gonna have a great time.”
Three homerooms at LMS, totaling a few dozen eighth-graders, will soon start building doghouses — about 15 or so — and donate them to Watermelon Mountain Ranch, the no-kill animal shelter in Sandoval County.
With the project powered and funded by CNM, RRPS educators and administrators are hopeful of expanding interest in CTE programs.