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Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
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April 22, 2003

SDE to Hold Workshops to Gather Input On Options for High School Reform

(Santa Fe, NM)— The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) will hold the last of the original five workshops to gather public input on options for high school reform in New Mexico on April 26 in Roswell and May 3 in Las Cruces. The workshops are sponsored by the SDE’s Career, Technical and Adult Services and Learning Services and Indian Education Divisions.

“Three workshops have already garnered valuable input from the Albuquerque, Gallup and Las Vegas regional areas,” said Lena Trujillo-Chavez, assistant superintendent for Career Technical and Adult Services.

The workshops -- “A Public Workshop to Review High School Reform Efforts and Structuring of Career Pathways in Schools” -- will observe the following schedule:

April 26 Roswell Eastern New Mexico University Occupational Technology Center
Roswell Room 124
May 3 Las Cruces Onate High School 6800 NE Main (Highway 70)

The morning session from 8:00 a.m. to noon will provide an overview and training on career pathways while the afternoon session from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. will be a public forum on high school reform. Sandy Mittlesteadt, executive director of the National Career Academy Coalition, will facilitate the morning session, assisting participants with the structuring of career pathways in schools.

The New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) voted in November 2002 to hold a minimum of four workshops throughout the state on proposed amendments to the Public School Code to change the state’s graduation requirements and require students to prepare a program of study designed around a career pathway.

An in-depth description of work in progress and a wealth of new information on the career clusters/pathways initiative supported through the National Association of State Directors for Career and Technical Education Consortium may be accessed at the following website: The complete workshop agenda, resources and registration form may be accessed at: Scroll to CTAS/CTAS News.