SER in partnership with NNMC Hosts STEM-Focused Community Day for 2,000+ Students in Española on October 18, 2019

Activities include robotics competitions, hands-on science experiments, and presentation by former NASA Astronaut José M. Hernández

Española, NM, October 14, 2019 — More than 2,000 students from Northern New Mexico are expected to participate in SER’s Community Day at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), on Friday, October 18, 2019. Community Day was added as part of SER’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs as interest in SER’s year-round Robotics Program has grown. Engineering students and professionals lead SER’s hands-on educational experience. The program also enhances high school and middle students’ academic, technical, and leadership skills.

Former migrant worker turned NASA astronaut and engineer José M. Hernández will be the featured keynote speaker. He decided as a high school senior that he wanted to travel into space and made that dream a reality. Community Day will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019, at Northern New Mexico College in Española, NM. This event features exhibits, where young people will have an opportunity to apply for jobs, internships, and co-ops or work-study programs. Workshops and displays from an array of corporations and the Armed Forces, including the U.S. Army, NASA, FBI, FedEx, Wells Fargo, and Los Alamos and Sandia Laboratories will also be presented.

“Northern New Mexico College is honored to host this important event. We are very grateful for our partnership with SER, and look forward to continuing our efforts to provide pathways for enduring high-paying careers in our community,” said NNMC President Richard J. Bailey, Jr., PhD.

For more information, please contact Rafaela Schwan via e-mail at or by phone at (469) 549-3694.

About SER – SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. (SER National) was created in 1964 by a collaboration of the American GI Forum and the League of United Latin American Citizens. Since then, SER National has played a key role in the nation’s workforce and education service delivery systems focusing on underrepresented and underserved populations. Today, SER National serves over 1,200,000 individuals annually through its national network. SER is the Spanish verb for “to be” and an acronym for Service, Employment, and Redevelopment. SER National’s mission is to formulate, advocate, and implement initiatives that will result in the increased development and utilization of America’s human resources, with emphasis on the needs of Hispanics, in the areas of education, training, literacy, employment, affordable housing, business, and economic opportunity. SER’s vision is to enable underserved populations to fully participate in the socio-economic mainstream and achieve equal access and parity in society. To learn about SER, please visit

About NNMC

Northern New Mexico College has served the communities of northern New

Mexico for over a century. Since we opened our doors in 1909 as The Spanish American Normal

School in El Rito, the institution has strived to provide education programs that meet the changing

economic and cultural needs of the region. In 2005, in response to community demands for higher

education that meets the requirements of the modern age, the College began offering four-year

degrees. In just 14 short years, Northern has developed an academic infrastructure offering over 40

bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs, in addition to community and continuing education

programs. Northern New Mexico College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

(HLC) and has earned prestigious national accreditations for its Engineering, Nursing, Education

and Business programs. To learn more about Northern, visit