NMJC Administrators to Attend State Planning Summit

July 22 – Hobbs, NM. Dr. John Gratton, Vice President for Instruction, and Lisa Hardison, Dean of Extended Learning at New Mexico Junior College, will be heading to Albuquerque August 3-4 to help plan a new direction for eLearning (distance learning) in the state of New Mexico.

They will be joined by other invited representatives of New Mexico’s educational institutions and economic development organizations, as well as by state officials, at the New Mexico Learning Network (NMLN) Strategic Planning Summit.

Together, the group will help determine how the NMLN, an association of eLearning leaders in New Mexico, can best increase the availability and quality of eLearning options to all New Mexicans, but especially to students in rural areas.

According to Dr. Brian Ormond, NMLN Project Director, an eLearning model can meet the immediate needs of students and those in the workforce “by allowing them access to a variety of high quality courses, culturally diverse cohorts, and efficiently delivered workforce training,” thus “preparing them to work effectively in a digital world.”

Gratton feels the group’s focus is well considered. “New Mexico is committed to providing equal education opportunities to its citizens. The NMLN will use eLearning and other distance learning technology to enable all students from all parts of the state to have access to courses that currently are restricted.”

For Hardison, it hits even closer to home. “New Mexico Junior College is excited to be a part of the planning team that will grow eLearning opportunities for New Mexicans. This initiative will provide vastly improved access to higher education for all students, but especially those living in rural areas. It will provide an educational equality that has been missing.”

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