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NMSU College of Education receives generous support from Aprendamos

  • By Adriana M. Chávez
  • 575-646-1957
  • Jun 28, 2019
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The Aprendamos Intervention Team and Direct Therapies Center presented a $15,000 check June 26 to two departments in the College of Education at New Mexico State University.

Aprendamos makes an annual contribution to NMSU from part of the proceeds of the Tri-Unity conference, which takes place in the spring and is hosted by Aprendamos and the NMSU Communication Disorders department. Aprendamos provides early intervention services for children from birth to age 3, and their families, who are affected by a developmental delay or disability.

This year, the Communication Disorders department received $10,000. The presentation also marked the first donation by Aprendamos to the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, which received $5,000.

“We’ve had a great partnership with NMSU for the past 12 years,” said Abel Covarrubias, Chief Executive Officer of the Aprendamos Intervention Team and the college’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni. “NMSU has provided so much to us, and this is our way of providing funds for others in the program.”

Covarrubias, who is also on the College of Education’s Dean’s Advisory Board, is an alumnus of the Communication Disorders department at NMSU.

“We are dedicated to our land-grant mission of service to the community. It is a win-win in that our students have an enriched learning experience and our community members receive help,” said Susan Brown, interim dean of the College of Education. “Aprendamos is a wonderful collaborative partner and their support will help our clinics be the best. We sincerely thank them.”

Alfred Valdez, interim head of the Communication Disorders department, said the funds will be used to provide support for permanent and temporary faculty, and support second-year students who are working full-time as externs and do not qualify for graduate assistantships. Last year’s donation was used to provide professional development and transition the department clinic’s records from paper to electronic files. The department is also working to establish southern New Mexico’s first autism diagnostic clinic.

Because this year’s conference was so successful, Aprendamos was able to provide funding to the Counseling and Educational Psychology department. Interim department head Eve Adams said the funds will be used to support upgrades to the department’s mental health clinic, which is undergoing extensive renovations in order to provide additional services to students and the community.

Tina Byford, interim vice president of University Advancement, said the contributions from Aprendamos are an example of how NMSU alumni can help the university serve people in need of focused interventions.

“The team at Aprendamos understands the needs of the community and we’re grateful for their efforts,” Byford said. “Their continued support helps us make a difference in the lives of those most in need of the services provided by these two departments in the College of Education.”

For more information about the Tri-Unity conference, visit