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The Center for Sustainable Community is located in an 8,000 square foot, two story building owned by the City of Raton.  The NorthEastern NM Educational Foundation, Eastern NM University, and Santa Fe Community College are collaborating to begin offering courses this next spring leading to two and four year degrees utilizing long distance learning technology.  Local community education courses are currently being offered.

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Raton Public Schools offer a variety of programs to help students fulfill their potential. We offer a comprehensive Pre K -12 program. All students in elementary school get Music, P.E. and Art each week. We have held the line on these programs during these tough economic times.  Project based learning is now being introduced as early as the 3rd grade.  As students mature, the offerings become more numerous. At Raton High School students can choose one of two tracks: a college prep track or a vocational track. We are very proud of our Healthcare Career Pathways that we run for 11th and 12th grade students. This program is the result of a collaborative effort with Santa Fe Community College, Colfax County, and Miners’ Colfax Medical Center. Through this program our students can earn up to 18 credit hours of college credit prior to graduating high school. Students also have the ability to sit for the Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) examination. There are now a total of 6 dual-credit programs designed to provide students the opportunity to pursue college level course credits while still in high school. Our culinary arts, welding and woodshop programs are also excellent. In addition to these programs, we have great music and art programs, and a growing theater program. We have very strong clubs and organizations in both our high school and our middle school. 

Trinidad State Junior College is located minutes north of Raton across the Colorado border.  In addition to traditional Associates Degrees, career and technology courses include: Computer Information Systems, STEM programs, Business Management, Construction Technology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood, Hospitality Services, Emergency Medical, Energy Production and Industrial Construction (EPIC), Fine Woodworking, Fire Science, Graphic Design, Gunsmithing, Manufacturing Technology, Addictions Counseling, Massage Therapy, Multimedia, Nursing, Occupational Safety & Health, Office Technologies, Automotive, Cosmetology, Barbering and Welding.