New Mexico State University (NMSU) Carlsbad had a variety of programs aimed at training, recruiting and improving the quality of teachers in the community and the state. 

New Mexico had long-standing issues with teacher vacancies throughout the state, according to a yearly report published by NMSU. The 2020 New Mexico Educator Vacancy Report showed there was a gradual improvement as teacher vacancies dropped by 23 percent since 2018. 

Even with this progress communities like Carlsbad had trouble filling positions for teachers, said to Superintendent of Carlsbad Schools Dr. Gerry Washburn. 

The Adelante project promotes education degrees to Hispanic, at-risk and low-income students said program manager Ron Morales. Carlsbad’s population is 51 percent Hispanic, according to the United States Census Bureau.  

The program began in 2018 after it received a competitive Title V Grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program.