Adult Education

Welcome! The Adult Education Division at the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) exists to support adults to strengthen their core academic skills and meet their personal, educational, and career goals. We offer adults a range of opportunities, and all of them are free! Learn more through the links below.


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For Adult Students & Families

Do you want to learn new academic or job skills, earn a high school equivalency, improve your English, or support your kids to succeed in school?  Find more information about free services and locate a program in your area.


For Adult Educators and Program Directors

Do you teach or tutor adult learners or administer a program? Would you like to find out about professional development and certification? Visit our sites for practitioners.

Adult Education Information Clearinghouse

Adult Education is so much more than high school equivalency. Find fact sheets, data and reports, press coverage, and other information about how adult education serves the state and can serve you!

High School Equivalency (HSE)

There are many reasons why an adult may not have completed high school. We respect the different life paths that have led you to us. Here, find all the information to help yourself or a loved attain High School Equivalency (HSE).

English as a Second Language (ESL)

New Mexicans speak many different languages. Find information about learning English as a second (or third! or fourth!) language and programs around the state that provide this service.

Adult and Family Literacy

Adult Literacy focuses on developing basic skills, often through one-on-one or small group tutoring.  Family literacy is culturally-relevant learning for the whole family! Find programs that provide these free services.

Workforce Preparation & Career Pathways

Discover how Adult Education programs can help you learning about high-demand occupations, prepare to join the workforce, and explore career pathways.  

Adult Education for Justice-Involved Individuals

Discover how New Mexico serves Justice-Involved Individuals through Adult Education initiatives.

Funding Opportunities and Past Competitions

Find information on current finding competitions, when future Requests for Applications will be released, and which programs have been awarded funding in recent competitions.

Contact the Adult Education Division

Amber Gallup Rodriguez

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Amy Anderson
Program Improvement Coordinator

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Dyanne Salazar 
High School Equivalency (HSE) Administrator

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Cesaria "Cia" Padilla
Finance Officer 

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Michelle Ribeiro
Outreach Coordinator

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CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please send us a message.