Marilyn Aragon, left, and Melissa Duran talk at the high school counselors workshop at Highlands Oct. 4. Both are guidance counselors at West Las Vegas High School.
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Las Vegas, N.M. – New Mexico high school counselors, community college advisers, and tribal education leaders learned more about what Highlands University has to offer at a free workshop Oct. 4.

“Our goal with these higher education supporters was to share how to help their student transition to a successful college experience at Highlands,” said Kyana Cruz, admissions specialist in the office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions. “At lunch time, many of these participants networked with Highlands staff to get more information about our campus community.”

The workshop featured many campus leaders and staff such as President Sam Minner, Susan Chavez, financial aid director, and Julia Geffroy-Lementino, Native American Center coordinator.

“We’re delighted that that nearly half of our workshop participants represent tribal entities in the state. This is a student population we especially want to reach,” Cruz said.

The all-day workshop also featured the Office of Academic Support, the office of Strategic Enrollment Management, the Office of Campus Life, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Outdoor Recreation Center.

“Our current Highlands students also spoke and truly expressed the diversity and sense of community that is here at Highlands,” Cruz said.

Cruz said she hopes the higher education supporters will return to their schools and encourage their student to attend Highlands.

“This is the third year we’ve presented the counselors workshop and we always get a good response,” Cruz said.

“I want to thank Highlands for bringing counselors together so we can collaborate,” said Melissa Duran, a guidance counselor for West Las Vegas High School.

The Highlands Office of Student Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions sponsored the workshop in collaboration with the campus community.