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Education digest - Feb. 19


Last updated 2/18/2020 at 4:09pm

PHS students lobby for anti-tobacco policies

A pair of Portales High students visited the New Mexico legislative session Jan. 28 to discuss state tobacco policies.

Senior Ector Colorado and sophomore Cali Walker were part of a group of 10 Evolvement Youth students visiting on behalf of the New Mexico Department of Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program and No Minor Sale.

Colorado met with a state senator and three state representatives, while Walker met with one senator and five representatives.

“I loved the chances I had to talk with other Evolvement students about their experiences with tobacco control issues and training with them to prepare to talk to our senators and representatives,” Walker said in a release from No Minor Sale. “It was amazing to see all these important decision-makers in person.”

Walker also spoke during a press conference on the matter with two other Evolvement students in the Roundhouse.

Colorado said the students attention to policies “shows that we the youth and future of America care about our future generations.”

According to the state’s Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, one in six tobacco retail stores have made sales to minors.

CCC earns Military Friendly designation

Clovis Community College has again been designated a Military Friendly School for the 2019-20 year, according to

CCC was one of seven institutions in New Mexico to receive the award, which was started in 2003 as an advocacy vehicle to encourage civilian organizations to invest in programs to recruit, retain and advance veterans as employees, entrepreneurs and students.

“Military students make up a vital part of CCC’s population,” Interim President Robin Kuykendall said, “and we recognize their military service requires selfless dedication that often creates special requirements on students and their families. CCC faculty and staff are committed to meeting the needs of our military students in a way that helps them to not only be successful in their classes, but also to achieve their academic goals.”

Host families sought for upcoming school year

American Cultural Exchange Service is seeking area residents to consider hosting an international high school student for either a semester or the entire 2020-21 school year.

The students, who come from Japan, Thailand, China, Asia, South America and Europe do not require a solo room, have their own spending money and medical coverage and can help out with household chores.

Hosts can be families, single adults or retirees.

Information: Area coordinator Kevin Foster, 806-335-5857; ACES national office, 800-661-2237 or

Education Digest is compiled by the staff of The News. Contact Editor Kevin Wilson at 575-763-3431, ext. 320 or by email:

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