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Luna to provide ag degree program with NMSU

New Mexico

New Mexico State University and Luna Community College in Las Vegas, N.M., finalized an agreement that will enable students to start work on an agricultural degree at Luna and finish at NMSU.

The "2 + 2" program allows Luna students to get credit for classes during their first two years of study that will meet specific major requirements of a bachelor's degree in their third and fourth years, while at NMSU. The courses will apply toward a bachelor of arts in agriculture at NMSU.

Finalizing the agreement during a ceremony Feb. 10 in Santa Fe were NMSU President Barbara Couture and Luna Community College President Pete Campos.

"As New Mexicans, we all enjoy the benefits of a robust system of higher education," Couture said. "To truly be effective, however, the components of that system must find new and innovative means to meet the needs of our most precious asset, the students of our state. This articulation agreement between Luna Community College and NMSU is an example of how, by teaming together, we can efficiently and effectively utilize the institutions we have in place, to extend opportunities to the next generation. I am proud to join President Campos in signing this agreement."

Campos, who also serves as a state senator representing District 8 (Guadalupe, Mora, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Torrance counties), said the agreement reflects the need for efficient yet powerful solutions for meeting the state's educational needs.

"At a time when budgets are tight and education needs are mounting, it is crucial that educational bridges are built and provide students new life-changing opportunities," Campos said. "This mega relationship with New Mexico State University links the far ends of our state to share what our best and brightest educators have to offer students. Our youth and adult learners will definitely be the beneficiaries of this example of what working together can truly accomplish."

The agreement offers Luna Community College students 11 major-specific courses to choose from during their first two years that will prepare them to efficiently complete their program of study at NMSU.

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