On August 1st, 10 women and 5 staff from New Mexico’s Western and Springer facilities were trained and certified to teach Roots of Success. Inmates who go through the Roots of Success program in these facilities will receive a Certificate and preparation for environmental and STEM jobs and career pathways in the water, waste, transportation, energy, building, food, health and agriculture sectors.

Hazel Mella, PhD, Re-entry, Vocational, and Cognitive Program Administrator, praised the expansion of Roots of Success in New Mexico:

“The curriculum is rigorous and robust and reinforces the integration of academics, performance measures, and will create a respectful relationship within the prison community. I also believe that the tools provided will be effective for building applicable skills and knowledge for life and employment.”

Congratulations to all of our new Roots of Success instructors in New Mexico!