Coco Rae, UNM-LA’s Student Success Manager, speaks to Kiwanis. Photo by Brooke Davis
Brittany Carpenter, UNM-LA’s Internship Coordinator for Student Services speaks to Kiwanis. Photo by Brooke Davis
BY BROOKE DAVIS
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club
Coco Rae, the student success manager at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, told Kiwanis at their September 19 meeting that UNM-LA is a launch pad for people’s goals. Rae and Brittany Carpenter, the internship coordinator for student services, spoke about many of the university’s advantages and programs,
Rae noted that UNM-LA has about 1900 students per school year and thanks to small student/faculty ratios and the fact that many of their professors have higher degrees, the students receive a very high-level education from experts in their fields. She said the university works hard to put programs in place that help students, such as offering evening and lunchtime as well as online classes to accommodate students who work or have problems attending classes at the normal times.
UNM-LA offers robust support for veterans, provides both high school and college students to get their basic courses completed in preparation for moving on to a four-year institution. Rae said she is proud of the professional health sciences program which serves many students who plan to study nursing or go on to medical school, and also the school’s engineering program, which has 65 students enrolled and now offers a BS degree in mechanical engineering. She also described the community education courses, the high school equivalency program, and free ESL classes.
Carpenter said that the university is able to pay a stipend for work in the community. In some cases, what students get from this program is similar to what they would get in an introductory job. In Los Alamos, students have worked with everything from doctor’s offices to the Los Alamos Historical Society.