Las Cruces – A New Mexico State University program has received more than 400 thousand dollars in federal stimulus funds.
The NMSU Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program for Native American Students at Community Colleges received more than 417 thousand dollars in federal grant money.
And part of that funding will allow NMSU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to buy some much needed lab equipment.
Stocking two complete organic chemistry labs will expand current enrollment by 50 percent, satisfying student course demands that have nearly doubled in the past three years.
The Bridges Program seeks to attract students at community colleges to transfer to four-year programs for a Bachelor of Science degree.
The NMSU Bridges Program has been around since 1992 and has seen 240 Native American students participate.
NMSU says of those who transfer .more than 67 percent complete a Bachelor's degree in a science discipline. That compares with the 46 percent completion rate of all students in all disciplines in the state of New Mexico.