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Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 11:44pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Early College High School Two will help get students on the fast track for careers in the medical field when the new campus opens up in August of 2014.
The early college high school program allows students to receive their high school diploma while at the same time working on an Associate's degree.
"I believe the way of the future is to be able to break down the education quality and the education focus to more defined focuses," said Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Stan Rounds.
Rounds said the New Mexico State University Board of Regents voted to have the new school built right next to Arrowhead Park Early College High School.
The school is estimated to cost up to $14 million dollars when complete and will feature the best available technology providing students with hands-on training.
"When you complete this training you will go to the job market," Rounds said. "What happens in these classrooms is very engaging and is very purposeful with students."
Rounds said the new school comes in large part because of the success of Arrowhead Park which boasts a zero percent dropout rate.
Rounds said he has spoken with students on why they think the dropout rate has been so low.
"They say cause we aren't going to let anybody dropout," Rounds said.
In his 30 years as a superintendent in New Mexico, Rounds said this is one of the most exciting times of his career with the success of the schools.
He believes early college high schools will be the new way to improve education and said the governor is looking at modelling other schools after Arrowhead Park.
The new campus is scheduled for completion August of 2014.