Northern New Mexico College

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Address: 921 Paseo de Onate
City: Española
State: New Mexico
Phone: (505) 747-2100
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Northern's Mission & Vision Statements


By the year 2015, Northern New Mexico will be a regionally recognized comprehensive university creating a culture of quality student learning that addresses student and employee needs while maintaining the community college mission.


Northern New Mexico College provides accessible, affordable, community-based quality learning opportunities that meet the educational, employment, and enrichment needs of our culturally diverse region.

For Immediate Release-June 3, 2014:

Northern Receives $48,000 Grant for Student Research Initiative

Española, NM- Northern New Mexico College has been awarded $48,000 BLOOME Grant from the American Society of Plant Biologists for its Plant Educational Experience in Research (PEER) project.

Dr. Mario Izaguirre-Sierra, who heads up the project, says that his Biology of the Cell Nucleus Lab is unique in that it employs undergraduate students to do real biologic research, something generally reserved for graduate students. Since the fall of 2013, Izaguirre-Sierra has trained 11 students at different levels, including one high school student.

"I think this speaks to the fact that Northern has something unique to offer undergraduates," Izaguirre-Sierra said. "Most of this type of research is being done in graduate laboratories but we are doing the exact same thing here."

The primary goal of the PEER project is to engage students in relevant and stimulating laboratory experiences that will develop curiosity and understanding about science, biology, technology and plant science specifically. The program also engages students in peer mentoring and outreach.

Izagruirre-Sierra says he encourages his students to present their work at conferences. This July, four of his students will present at the American Society of Plant Biology Conference in Portland, OR. Several students also presented at this year's Academic Research and Creativity Symposium.

Izaguirre-Sierra joined Northern's Biology Department last year and has been invited to speak at the Max Planck Society in Germany, the National Center for Scientific Research in France, and the American Society for Cell Biology Workshop in Puerto Rico.

For more information, Contact:

Dr. Mario Izaguirre-Sierra
Assistant Professor of Biology
Northern New Mexico College

921 N. Paseo de Oñate
Española, NM 87532
(505) 747-5474


Northern recognizes that students are the focus of the school and seeks to enhance their skills and self-image in order to help them set and meet realistic career and life goals.

Northern believes that educating is holistic and that each student's needs and interests are to be complemented by the curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and administrative structure. In this way, students and staff are integrated in pursuit of education.

Northern strives to provide a comprehensive education to all residents of its service area.

Northern strives to provide an educational program that reflects the needs of the communities of northern New Mexico.

Statement of Purpose

To provide educational programs and course offerings which: lead to two-year degree and certificate programs; transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions; and meet the needs of students in skill upgrading, job advancement or change, and personal development.

To provide academic advisement, personal counseling referrals, placement testing, career guidance, tutorial services, and developmental studies to assist students in achieving their maximum potential.

To provide activities and learning opportunities which meet the educational and community service needs and interests of students and the community.

To provide opportunities for the intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural needs of students and the community by scheduling activities and services to further those needs.

To provide adequate organizational and support services to meet students needs and to maintain integrity and quality in its educational offerings.

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Española Campus 921 N. Paseo de Oñate Española, NM 87532 (505) 747-2100

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