Get Paid this Summer to Take Free For-Credit Math Courses

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Get Paid this Summer to Take Free For-Credit Math Courses


ESPANOLA – Those interested in taking a math course this summer have an added incentive in a local math program that is not only free but pays participants $150 to pass with a grade of C or higher.

Northern New Mexico University’s Accelerate Program offers a unique summer math course for students of all ages who may be uncomfortable with math but need it in order to get a degree or training certification. This course is available to current students as well as high school or GED graduates who plan to attend NNMU in the fall.

Studies about the effectiveness of this class have been published internationally primarily because of the high success rates it enjoys. Students with math anxiety or a history of failure in math are frequently among those carrying home a final grade of A. This success is attributed to a number of factors, including small class size and the assignment of a tutor to assist students inside and outside of the classroom. Students also get to apply the math they learn by teaming up to program a small robot. Finally, students are encouraged to learn from each other and build study groups that they can rely on throughout college.

The Accelerate Summer Math Experience class is scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during summer session, June 9-July 31 from 5 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.. It is possible to move through multiple class levels during this course.

    Image of previous Accelerate summer math class. Courtesy photo

Three classes are taught simultaneously, Math 100, 102 and 130. Students can determine their math level by taking the Compass Test at NNMU’s Student Success Center, (505) 747-2164. Existing students can contact Accelerate if they don’t remember their Compass math score.

To qualify for the course, students must be seeking a certificate or associate degree and cannot already have another college degree. They must also be one of the following: Racial or ethnic minority, honorably discharged veteran, low-income, single parent, attending college while working 30 or more hours per week, started college more than 12 months after graduating from high school, or a GED recipient. High school dual credit students are not eligible.

Class size is limited to 15 students, so those wishing to enroll should sign up early. Those interested may call (505) 747-5443 or email to make an appointment with Accelerate Career Technical Advisor Christy Dammen. People may also stop by Christy’s office in Room 265A of the NNMU Administration Building, between the bookstore and financial aid on the top floor of the building.

Similar summer Math Experience courses are offered at the University of New Mexico in Los Alamos, the University of New Mexico in Taos, Santa Fe Community College, Highlands University and Luna College. All are coordinated through the Regional Development Corporation, which manages grant funds from a Department of Energy/Office of Environmental Management Grant aimed at accelerating student success and degree completion in Northern New Mexico.