ENMU-R to host Occupational Training P­rogram graduation ceremony Thursday

July 22, 2014 • Local News

The ENMU-Roswell Special Services [auth] Occupational Training Program for students with disabilities will hold its 28th annual Graduation Ceremony on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

The ceremony will recognize 70 graduates of the program.

Students will receive certificates in a variety of program areas such as Food Service, Child Care Attendant, Office Skills, Laboratory Animal Caretaker, Stocking and Merchandising, Sanitation/Building Maintenance/Grounds Keeping, and Veterinary Assistant.

The Occupational Training Program provides training and appropriate services to students with disabilities so they can participate in the university community and obtain employment.

Graduates of the Special Services Program come from all over the nation to attend the three-semester program. The career training allows students to learn marketable vocational skills, as well as practical life and independent living skills. Graduates leave the campus with verification of training (COT), certifications, valuable life experiences, and positive personal growth.

The commencement speaker will be Dr. José Z. Garcia, Cabinet secretary, New Mexico Higher Education Department. Secretary Garcia received a B.A. from Occidental College, an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Secretary Garcia was appointed Secretary of Higher Education in December 2010 by then-Governor-elect Susana Martinez.

In his first year in office, he worked with a broad spectrum of legislative, executive, and college and university officials to write a new funding formula for higher education.

Rewarding institutions for their outcomes rather than costs, the formula encourages institutions to close the achievement gap, to grant more certificates and degrees in general, and to graduate more students in science, technology, engineering, health, and mathematics fields.

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