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Education

Grant County has three public consolidated school districts, Silver,  Cobre, and Cliff. They provide comprehensive public education at locations throughout Grant County. The schools offer a blend of education and community activities, and are frequently counted among the best-performing schools in the state.

Silver schools combine a distributed elementary school system with centralized middle schools and high schools.  Silver and Cobre Consolidated,and Cliff, offer support for a range of students' potentials, including opportunities in high school for concurrent enrollment at Western New Mexico University for qualifying students. Also within the Silver Consolidated system, an inquiry-based charter high school, Aldo Leopold.  Optional and after-school activities include sports and band at the middle and high schools.

As an alternative, there is a homeschooling community that networks together to pool resources. There are approximately 42 families homeschooling in the Grant County area; half of those families belong to the Christian Home Educators Support System (CHESS). (Source: Informal Telephone Survey)

Higher Education

Western New Mexico University is a four-year, state-supported campus offering a wide variety of curricula. WNMU is the only university in New Mexico to have received the state’s highest recognition for quality, the 2003 Zia Award. Through its Western Works programs, WNMU can tailor training courses to your business specifications.

For details on WNMU, Silver and Cobre schools, see the Quick Links on the left of this page.

In the News
Gila EDA Roundtable
Dear Gila EDA Roundtable Participants, After a long hiatus during the summer, The Gila EDA Roundtable is back in session! Please mark your calendars for Friday, September 18th, 8 a.m. for coffee, 8:30 a.m. meeting to be held at the Grant County Administration Bldg., Commission Chambers. This month we are anxious to present Anthony Quintana of Q's Southern Bistro, Branding Iron Brewing Co., & The Fry House Wings and Fries. We are also anxious to hear about what has been happening and what we have to look forward to in our community from Emily Shilling of the Southwest Council of Government. We are also anxious to hear from you. Please plan on attending.
Grant County Economic Development Master Plan - Final Recommendations from Angelou Economics, Inc.
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Grant County Target Industries
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Grant County Market Assessment
Angelou Economics, INC located in Austin, Texas has been awarded the contract to write the Grant County Economic Development Master Plan. The initiative is being supported by an EDA grant awarded to Grant County. Phase I of the plan consisting of a Market Assessment has been completed after meeting with various focus groups and conducting numerous business interviews, as well as receiving great response from an on line survey for Grant County residents and another for Grant County businesses owners.
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