Education Digest: Eastern receives nursing grant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

The New Mexico Higher Education Department has awarded Eastern New Mexico University $239,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year to expand its nursing program, according to an ENMU news release.
ENMU nursing program director Leslie Paternoster said the grant will help Eastern address a critical nursing shortage.
“We are going to develop and advance collaborative partnerships among two- and four-year institutions, hospitals and other private and public sectors to enhance health care delivery throughout New Mexico,” Paternoster said.
The Legislature provided funds to institutions with existing nursing programs to supplement faculty and staff salaries, the release reads.
For information, call Paternoster at 562-2403.

ENMU majors meet growing job market
To meet the needs of a growing job market in high-demand professions, Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is offering new majors this fall in forensic science, animal and dairy science, environmental science, emergency services management, hospitality management and aviation science, according to an ENMU news release.
Eastern is one of only about 20 colleges or universities to offer a major in forensic science, the release reads.
The agricultural program has expanded from a general agriculture composite degree to a more specialized field.
ENMU’s hospitality management program is offered through the College of Business and requires an industry internship.
The program in business administration with an emphasis in emergency medical services management will be based at the ENMU-Roswell campus, which has one of the country’s largest paramedic training programs. Students can enroll at distance education sites at Portales, Clovis Community College and Cannon Air Force Base for video conferencing as well as take advantage of recordings of classes, according to an ENMU spokesman.
ENMU–Roswell offers an associate of applied science degree in aviation maintenance technology and is the only one in New Mexico approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The program will expand and link with ENMU-Portales.
For information, call (800) FOR-ENMU.

CHS grads pursue UNM degrees
Clovis High School graduates Guillermo Chavez and Melissa Colson have begun the course of study for a bachelor’s of business administration at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, according to a UNM news release.

Education Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: