The ENLACE Middle School program is an academic and developmental designed to enhance students’ academic success, graduation, and transition to high school. The program aims to increase students’ access to peer and professional mentorships, expert teachers and professionals, and a network of community support from the university and community partners. Students in the ENLACE Middle School courses are provided with culturally relevant learning experiences, academic and community leadership skills building, a network of experts from a variety of fields, authentic support through relationships that greatly increases their chances for success in high school, higher education, and post-graduate academic or professional programs.
The ENLACE program increases multi-cultural and multi-lingual students’ access to information about and preparation for college and careers. To support this, ENLACE Southern host’s ENLACE College Day visits for both high school and middle school ENLACE students from across the Southern region to visit Doña Ana Community College and New Mexico State University to experience the college campus first-hand and meet and connect with other ENLACE college students, faculty, and staff. These visits exposes ENLACE students to the different academic departments, campus facilities and to establish networking relationships with their future peers and mentors.