LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Governor Susana Martinez was in Las Cruces touring Arrowhead Park Early College High School Thursday afternoon.
The governor said she brags about the success of the Las Cruces throughout the state and its 0 percent dropout rate since it opened up in 2010.
"They help them understand that at the end of the day they don't just graduate with a diploma, but they are actually ready to take on a particular job and they have an associate's degree," Martinez said.
Martinez praised the students and staff for their hard work and dedication.
She awarded Junior Maria Carillo with a certificate for having 55 college credit hours.
"I'll have my bachelor's by the age of 19 or 20," Carillo said.
Principal Jennifer Amis said the goal is to graduate all students with both degrees and some will be accomplishing that goal rather quickly.
"We probably have ten students in that position where they will finish they're associate's degree before they finish their high school diploma," Amis said.
Arrowhead park currently has 85 percent of it's 500 students on schedule.
Martinez has asked for almost 5 million dollars to help graduate students in the state.
Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera said that money will also go toward building new early college high schools.
"$500,000 of that money will go toward replicating schools just like this across the state," Skandera said. "We are hoping for four or five in the next year."