College Night 2017 October 25 in Wilson Complex

Las Vegas, N.M. – Prospective college students can learn about career opportunities related to fields of study and more at College Night 2017 Oct. 25 from 5–7:30 p.m. in Las Vegas.

Highlands University and Luna Community College are sponsoring the 19th Annual College Night. It will be in Highlands’ John A. Wilson Complex at 1241 9th St. It is free and open to the public.

“College Night is a great opportunity for students to learn about our academic programs at Highlands and Luna,” said Jessica Jaramillo, director of student recruitment and undergraduate admissions at Highlands. “Students will have the chance to meet with faculty and staff from both institutions and explore their career interests.”

Jaramillo said financial aid staff from Highlands and Luna will be on hand to share information about the financial aid process.

“For the second year, students can complete their FAFSA, the free application for federal student aid, online as of Oct. 1. We encourage students to apply early for FAFSA,” Jaramillo said.

The U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA website is at

The information fair at College Night includes information tables for Highlands University and Luna Community College academic departments, as well as programs and services for students. A number of community organizations will also staff information tables.

“Another goal for College Night is to increase enrollment at both institutions,” Jaramillo said.

“The community and surrounding areas have a long tradition of embracing College Night for the wealth of information it provides to prospective college students and their parents,” said Jesse Gallegos, a Highlands recruiter who is coordinating College Night 2017. “This year, we’re hoping about 500 high school students, parents and transfer students will attend.”

Gallegos said the partnership with the New Mexico MESA program helps boost College Night attendance each year. MESA stands for mathematics, engineering and science achievement.

With Halloween around the corner, the theme again this year for College Night is Monster Ball. There will be free food and refreshments.

Additional sponsors for College Night 2017 include Alta Vista Regional Hospital, JC’s New York Pizza, Southwest Capital Bank, Pino’s Quick Lube Center, State Employees Credit Union, Rosemarie Montoya of State Farm Insurance, Southwest Financial, Best Western, AHEC, the Area Health Education Center program at Luna, New Mexico MESA, and NMPreps.Com.

Prospective students may register for College Night 2017 online at Or call Highlands at 505-454-3394 or Luna at 505-454-2550.