NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Higher Education announced Tuesday that Amber Gallup Rodriguez will serve as director of the agency’s adult education department. According to a press release, the Department of Adult Education oversees 24 statewide programs that provide teaching and testing services for New Mexicans seeking high school equivalence.

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Amber Gallup Rodriguez

The publication states that Gallup Rodriguez has 25 years of professional experience in education. She has also worked to expand educational and training opportunities for frontline workers, members of the Native American and immigrant communities, and English learners.

“Adult education has always been my passion, and my number one priority is ensuring quality and equitable education for adult learners in New Mexico so they can achieve their goals and gain access to careers that keep families and communities alive,” said Gallup Rodriguez in a Press release. “I have great respect for the commitment and creativity of adult educators, and I am honored to support and stand up for them in this role.”

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During the 2019-2020 program year, 9,520 adult learners were supervised in adult education programs. In addition, 655 New Mexicans graduated from college and 1,463 moved to higher education or professional training.