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Highlands Rio Rancho Center

New Mexico Highlands University’s Rio Rancho Center has been in Rio Rancho since 1997. We house staff and faculty in a safe, clean, and friendly environment.

The Rio Rancho Center started out by providing the community with distance learning courses. We have now expanded to offer courses and degrees in teacher education, business administration, social work, and arts and sciences. We specialize in criminal justice, psychology, and university studies. The Rio Rancho Center also  houses the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, AP New Mexico, and HU CARES.

NMHU’s Rio Rancho Center leads many outreach and community events, including a transfer partnership with CNM, in addition to other two-year community colleges. We also conduct outreach to local high schools, college and career fairs, and community events.

We always look for ways to develop partnerships with the local business community. In fact, the Rio Rancho Center is available for community groups and businesses to conduct their meetings. Email Charley Ford at clford@nmhu.edu or call 505-891-6910 to check on availability.

We welcome the opportunity to show you all that the NMHU Rio Rancho Center provides. Come and visit us!

Contact us:
1700 Grande Blvd. SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Main Phone: 505-891-6900

Email: riorancho@nmhu.edu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/highlandsriorancho

NMHU Rio Rancho Center is located off Highway 528 (Pat D’Arco Highway) west of Intel, and is accessible from Sara Rd. SE or 19th St. SE.

Degrees available at the Rio Rancho Center

Undergraduate degrees

Business administration

Criminal justice

Psychology

Social work

Software systems design

Early childhood multicultural education

Elementary education

Special education

Dual degree in elementary and special education

Graduate degrees

Business administration

Dual degree, MBA and social work

Clinical social work

Counseling

Curriculum and instruction

Educational leadership

Special education

Course delivery methods

The flexible class schedule for both programs affords students the opportunity to attend on a full-time or part-time basis. Face-to-face classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and some weekends. Students may choose to attend either full time days, full-time evenings or a combination of both day and evenings or may attend on a part-time basis.

We also offer online synchronous (at a designated meeting time and day) and online asynchronous (on-demand meeting time and day) for your convenience.

Do you work all week? We also have evening and Saturday courses, so you can plan your studies around your job.

There’s more to come. Check back soon for information about our expanded online degree programs!

The Metro Centers at Albuquerque and Rio Rancho conduct outreach visits in the region. Contact a recruiter below:

Laura LaCour-Johnson
Rio Rancho Center
lajohnson@nmhu.edu
505-891-6915

and

Marian Najar
Albuquerque Center
mrnajar@nmhu.edu
505-260-6191

Student services available at the Rio Rancho Center One-Stop Center

Advisement

We can answer all your questions right here at the center. Both walk-in and appointment times for advisement are available. Call 505-261-6181 to set something up, or just stop by. We can talk about your future right now!

The Rio Rancho center will also assist with admissions, transferring, and registration. We’ll help you plan your courses of study, your pre-major, and your professional path.

HU CARES provides services and support for students who are victim/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and suicide prevention. Services include counseling, advocacy, and connect with community service providers on issues with regard to sexual assault/harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, suicidal ideation, emotional distress and substance / alcohol abuse. These services are confidential and free for all NMHU students. Contact Latasha Burbank at (505) 891-6930 or email lcburbank@nmhu.edu.

Career Services at the Las Vegas Campus (505) 454-3048

Assistance with obtaining student IDs

Financial aid, including FAFSA, loans, scholarships, VA certification, and payment plans. Contact Charley Ford at the Rio Rancho Center at (505) 891-6910.

Assistance with navigating the NMHU Banner system, online degree audit, Brightspace, purchasing books, and username creation

Academic help: You will have access to online tutoring at com/d2l/home as well as library resources edu/library/distance-education-library-services.

Has it been a while since your last term paper? We also offer writing support at our edu/writing-center/writingcenter@nmhu.edu

Don’t let anything get in your way. We have accessibility services / (505) 454-3252 to help you in every way we can.

Rio Rancho Center amenities

Computer lab with free printing

Free parking

Food and toiletries pantry for students, staff, faculty, and community members (second floor)

Kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator

Student lounge to relax, study, or congregate with free coffee, television, WiFi

Campus Life: Giveaways, get-togethers, events, concerts, games, event passes, and much more! Add us on Facebook for more information

Meeting space for NMHU and non-NMHU entities

Important Dates

  • 10

    Apr

    Spring Recess - University Closed

  • 04

    May

    Final Exams

  • 09

    May

    Postponed: Commencement

  • 11

    May

    Summer Intersession Begins

Alumni occupations

Graduates of NMHU Facundo Valdez School of Social Work can be found in the following fields

  • School Principal
  • Head Start Teacher
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Counselor
  • Bilingual Education Coordinator
  • School Counselor
  • Police Officer
  • Small Business Owner

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