ECHS Connection

Early College High Schools 

Partnering Early College High Schools are the primary project implementation sites: enrolling students, offering pathway courses, supporting dual enrollment, and helping students succeed in their academic and on-the-job experiences. ECHS leaders also help guide the project implementation to make sure students’ needs are met.

ECHSs will select one or more IT programs to support from their existing higher education partners. If the programs of interest are NOT available from their partners, ECHSs may enter into agreements with other partners to make sure students can access the programs that will serve them best.

For information about all NM Early College High Schools, visit the NM ECHS Portal.

Participating schools

(Updated as additional schools begin participation.)

School details Location / Contact Program Information

Arrowhead Park ECHS

School web site

Principal: Gabriela Alaniz

City: Las Cruces, NM

Phone: 575-527-9540

Program of Study: Associates of Applied Science in Cybersecurity (link)

IHE partner(s): Dona Ana Community College

Business partner(s): TBD

Participating students: TBD

Penasco R.I.S.E.

School web site

Principal: Nicaea Chavez


City: Penasco, NM

Phone: 575-587-2502

Program of Study: TBD

IHE partner(s): Northern New Mexico College

Business partner(s): TBD

Participating students: TBD

School of Dreams Academy

School web site

Principal: Michael Ogas

City: Los Lunas, NM

Phone: 505-866-7632

Program of Study: Associates of Applied Science in Information Technologies

IHE partner(s): University of New Mexico–Valencia

Business partner(s): TBD

Participating students: TBD

Download and Review the EEDW Program Operations Guide


Other schools

(As schools establish MOUs to participate in the program, they will be moved the table above.)

School details Town/City Principal / Director IHE Partner

Alta Vista Early College HS

Gadsden Liliana DelaGarza Dona Ana Community College

Arrowhead Park Medical Academy

Las Cruces

Gabby Alaniz

Dona Anna Community College

Bond Wilson Technical Center / College Academies Kirtland

Dr. Rebecca Benedict

San Juan College

Carlsbad Early College HS Carlsbad

Stacy Rush

South East New Mexico College
(Formerly NMSU-Carlsbad)

Clovis ECHS Clovis

Melissa Winn

Clovis Community College

College and Career HS Albuquerque

Leigh Cavazos Galvez

Central NM Community College

Deming Public Schools Deming

Bryan Simpson

Western New Mexico University

Early College Academy Albuquerque

Patrick Arguelles

University of New Mexico
Institute of American Indian Arts

Early College Health and Academic Academy Alamogordo

Dr. Christine Calentine

New Mexico State University-Alamogordo

Early College HS Roswell

Ramon Miramontes

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell

Early College Opportunities Santa Fe

Josh Rhine

Santa Fe Community College

GCCS Early College HS Grants

Dr. Richard Yzenbaard

New Mexico State University-Grants

Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy Los Alamos

Carter Payne

University of New Mexico-Los Alamos

Middle College HS Gallup

Michael Cunanan

University of New Mexico-Gallup
Navajo Technical University

Ruidoso Early College Academy Ruidoso

Angela Romero

Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso

San Juan Early College HS Farmington

Seth Martinez

San Juan College

Taos Academy Taos

Traci Filiss

University of New Mexico-Taos

The Masters Program Santa Fe

Reid Wessels

Santa Fe Community College