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NMSU launches Heritage Interpretation Program

June 29, 2014

By Jessica Onsurez, Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M.

June 29--CARLSBAD -- A new certificate program at New Mexico State University Carlsbad is preparing students to share the culture and heritage of the Southwest.

The Heritage Interpretation program is designed to prepare students for careers as interpreters, tour guides, technicians and docents.

"Students will be able to get hands-on practice with what they learn in internships in state and national parks in the area as well as other related facilities," said Kenda Josselet, social sciences department chair in a news release.

The two year program, which offers an Associates of Arts degree, guides students as they focus on the history, environment and culture of New Mexico. Graduates will also be qualified to fill positions in museums, heritage sites and art galleries.

Building the ability to communicate with a diverse public, those studying within the program will study a variety of subjects to strengthen their abilities as educators for the public.

The university is also offering a Social Services degree which prepared students for careers in social service or community health according to a news release. The associates degree can be applied careers in mental health and neighborhood and organization outreach. Students wishing to, can apply their studies to a baccalaureate program said Josselet.

Reporter Jessica Onsurez may be reached at (575)491-4682.


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