RUIDOSO, N.M. – ENMU-Ruidoso and San Juan College (SJC) School of Energy, Farmington, officially announced a new partnership that promotes educational and career opportunities in the energy industry for Native American students. ENMU-Ruidoso President Ryan Trosper and San Juan College President Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass signed the agreement Sept. 2, 2022, at the ENMU-Ruidoso College campus.
The partnership provides Native American students in southern New Mexico with the opportunity, access and financial support to gain skills needed in the energy industry. The partnership focuses on emerging, incumbent and re-entering workforce specifically in the ENMU-Ruidoso service area including the Mescalero Apache Tribe.
Students enroll at both colleges, have access to advising staff at each college, as well as access to support services, activities and clubs at both colleges. Students who maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA are considered for a ConocoPhillips scholarship. Students will complete all general education classes through ENMU-Ruidoso and take the remaining courses necessary to attain an associate degree through San Juan College.
“We would like to thank our amazing partners at ConocoPhillips for investing in life-changing opportunities for Mescalero Apache Tribe members and Native Americans across New Mexico,” said Pendergrass. “Thank you especially to President Trosper and to the Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Branch Community College team for their warm welcome and strong collaboration on this effort. Together, we will continue to support students on their journeys to success.”
“This partnership is all about student success and collaboration to eliminate barriers to education for students,” said Trosper. “Our job is to create opportunities for success for our students. The employment opportunities in the energy industry make this a great fit for the scholarships available from ConocoPhillips.”
For more information, contact ENMU-Ruidoso Success Emporium Advocate Ashley Roberts at 575-315-1129 or [email protected] or Summer Begay at San Juan College 505-566-4100.