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ENLACE and AVID Program Information

What is ENLACE?

ENLACE is a Statewide educational initiative designed to strengthen the educational pipeline and increase opportunities for Latinos to enter and complete college. ENLACE is funded by the State of New Mexico through the Higher Education Department.

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ENLACE Program Components

  1. College awareness and preparation
  2. • ACT (College Placement Exam) Test Preparation - A 16 hour ACT test preparation workshop is offered afterschool or on the weekends by Kaaplan ( trained instructors. This workshop teaches students effective test taking strategies and has proven to effectively increase ACT test scores.
    • College campus visits and camps – Students visit the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, and other colleges to help them learn about the variety of post-secondary options available to them. Bringing students onto college campuses provides a crucial opportunity for students to imagine themselves as a part of the college environment.

  3. Teacher Professional Development
  4. • ENLACE partners with SFPS and the AVID Center to provide a rigorous curriculum that promotes student achievement at the highest levels: It lays out a pathway to student success. The AVID Path training series offers guides and materials for teachers, administrators, academic counselors, career center advisors, and anyone else who wants to help students fulfill their potential and successfully prepare for college. AVID Center provides two-day workshops for content teachers in English, mathematics, science, and history/social science, as well as workshops designed for teachers of English language learners, Student Success Path training for teachers of non-core subjects.

  5. Academic Support
  6. • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Students enroll in this college preparatory elective class and take it every semester until they graduate from high school. ENLACE hires, trains, and coordinates college students to serve as tutors or academic coaches, twice a week in the AVID classrooms for the entire year. Tutorials are focused on supporting student success in rigorous content area coursework.

  7. Student Leadership Development
  8. • ENLACE Student Leadership Academy – Students enroll in SFCC’s Service Leadership class for dual credit. They are trained as community leaders and facilitators. These students then conduct a variety of focus groups and leadership projects with younger students designed to motivate and inspire younger students to strive for their best and pursue a college degree. To learn more about the most recent ENLACE Service Leadership project, take a look at the compiled focus group results and recommendations in the report Challenges and Solutions to Closing the Achievement Gap.
    • Si Se Puede Conference – ENLACE student leaders design and facilitate a conference for middle school students aimed at increasing college awareness at the middle school level. This conference brings middle school students onto SFCC’s campus and the interactive workshops are led by trained student leaders.

  9. Parental Engagement
  10. • AVID Nights - site teams at all AVID schools host bi-annual parent nights aimed at engaging parents in the process of preparing students for college.
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Nights – ENLACE partners with schools to sponsor a series of FAFSA nights aimed at increasing the number of students who successfully complete the FAFSA by the required deadlines.
    • Scholarship Nights – ENLACE brings representatives from a variety of scholarships to share information on scholarship opportunities. Students receive information on how to write an effective essay and what selection committee’s look for when reviewing scholarship applications.

What is AVID?

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is an elementary through postsecondary college readiness system that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID system accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge. What differentiates AVID from other educational reform programs is its astounding success rate. Since 1990, more than 85,500 AVID students have graduated from high school and planned to attend college. Of the 22,210 AVID 2010 seniors who reported their plans, 91.3% intended to attend a postsecondary institution; 58.3% in four-year institutions and 33.0% in two-year institutions.

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Become an AVID Tutor! Download Tutor Application.

If you are interested in the teaching profession, consider becoming an AVID tutor. Applicants who are currently Santa Fe Community College students and are eligible for work study are highly encouraged to apply. The ideal applicant will be someone who:

  • Receives satisfaction from working with and mentoring middle and high school students in the Santa Fe Public Schools.
  • Has a college-level education (not necessarily a degree) and has proficiency in college level Math and English.
  • Desires a part-time position.

ENLACE/AVID Program Outcomes in Santa Fe 2010-2011

  • 109 middle school students and 279 high school students successfully completed the AVID elective and were promoted to the next grade level
  • 300% increase in the number of high school AVID graduates from 2010 to 2011
  • 100% of AVID Seniors have graduated from high school in the past 3 years
  • 97% of 2011 AVID graduates are currently enrolled at a college or university
  • AVID students received over $340,000 in scholarships awarded to 2011 AVID Seniors including a variety of competitive scholarships.

Donate Now!

The ENLACE/AVID Collaborative relies on community support in order to provide services.
Donate by check: Make your check out to the Santa Fe Community College Foundation, 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Be sure to include the name ‘ENLACE’ on your check.

For more information please contact Alma Rivera, ENLACE Coordinator at SFCC, 505-428-1714
or Dakota Goldberg, SFPS AVID District Director, at

AVID School Site Coordinators

Santa Fe High School – CYBELE LEVERETT
Capital High School- SCOTT HANCOCK
Ortiz Middle School - TANYA GARCIA
DeVargas Middle School - BROOKE TURNQUIST
The Academy at Larragoite - DAVID TRUJILLO

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