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CEC & ECA Counseling

Mission Statement

The mission of the Counseling Department at the Early College Academy and the Career Enrichment Center is to provide a data driven, comprehensive counseling program that helps students acquire the attitude, skills, and knowledge to improve attendance, behavior, and academic achievement.

Our Philosophy

The Counseling Department at the Early College Academy and the Career Enrichment Center believes that all students are entitled to access to a variety of opportunities and enrichment that enhances their academic experience, as well as their career, social, and emotional development. The school counselor is an educator and a credentialed mental health professional who works in collaboration with other programs in the school and administration to provide a comprehensive counseling program. Emphasizing the delivery of the ACSCA National Standards and guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support, the counseling program at the ECA/CEC addresses evidence-based student needs and academic opportunities for ALL students involved in their programs.


Sept. 18 Message from our Counselor Posted 9/19/18

Parents, students, and staff of CEC-

ECA MOVIE NIGHT:  ECA Key Club  will host a movie night for all ECA/CEC student.  Starts at 7pm on Sept 28th in the new building.  The cost to attend is 1 non-perishable item for the Foodbank.

NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS ANNOUNCED: Maddie Christison, Abigail Craff, Kioshi Morosin, Ruth Mueller, and Alex Rodriguez of ECA were all recognized as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship.  Only 16,000 students across the country are selected based on their scores on the PSAT and will be eligible to compete for one of the 2,500 highly competitive and prestigious National Merit Scholarships.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

TRANSGENDER RESOURCE CENTER OF NEW MEXICO PRESENTATION:  Parents are invited to join the CEC/ECA staff meeting on Sept 28th at 2pm for a presentation from the TRANSGENDER RESOURCE CENTER OF NEW MEXICO. TGRCNM is a local non-profit that works with schools, workplaces, students, and families to assist with training, education, and support in working with transgender students and the issues that may affect them. 

ECA PARENT BOOSTER: In addition to terrific teachers and motivated students, involved parents are key to ECA/CEC being a great school. Please look for the new website link on the school's homepage to learn how the ECA/CEC Booster Club supports the school.  Also, you can contact them at They are looking for volunteers to chaperone at upcoming dances, help with the haunted house and more. The next meeting will be October 15th at 5:15 If you are interested in being a part/or helping this wonderful group of parents- help our schools.  We thank them, and you, for your support.

NMSU ONSITE ADMISSION:  NMSU  will be at ECA/CEC Sept 21ST at 9:00am outside the counseling office.  A rep will be available to talk about Housing, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and special programs.   This waives the application fee for all who apply on this day. 

UNM BA-MD PROGRAM PRESENTATION AT CEC: Students, family, friends and community members are invited to the UNM BA/MD information sessions.  They will cover information about the program and the application process.  They will be in the CEC meeting place on Sept 27th at 7:30am and 1 pm.

THE RICE INVESTMENT INITIATIVE:  Rice University has unveiled a new initiative to make higher education more affordable by dramatically expanding financial aid provided to students from low-income families to those with incomes up to $200,000.Rice University has unveiled a new initiative to make higher education more affordable by dramatically expanding financial aid provided to students from low-income families to those with incomes up to $200,000.  Starting in fall 2019, Rice undergraduates will be eligible for The Rice Investmentone of the nation’s most generous financial aid initiatives that increases access to an affordable, quality education for low- and middle-income students. The Rice Investment will provide extraordinary opportunity for extraordinary students to seek a top-tier college education at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet. Going forward, low- AND middle-income families with typical assets will receive scholarships and grants as outlined below:

Family Income Range* The Rice Investment Grant to Include
$65,000 and below Full Tuition, Fees, Room and Board
$65,001 - $130,000 Full Tuition
$130,001 - $200,000 Half Tuition

*Some families may qualify for additional need-based aid beyond The Rice Investment.  See link for more info:

DUAL CREDIT:  Read the attached informational sheet regarding Dual Credit for high school students.  This is important information if your student is taking, or plans to take, any CNM, UNM, or IAIA class while in high school.

ACT PREP:  See flyer for upcoming ACT Prep class offered at CEC.  Begins Oct 1st on Monday evenings preceding the Oct 27th test.  Cost is $150.  

ACT TESTING:  See attached flyer for info re: this year’s ACT test dates.  JUNIORS should plan to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exams in the SPRING.   See Ms Ramsey if you qualify for FREE or Reduced Lunch for a FEE Waiver.  

FAFSA WORKSHOPS:  ECA will host a workshop for Seniors and their parents to complete the FAFSA on Dec 6th at 5:30pm.

UNM SENIOR DAY:  UNM will host its annual SENIOR DAY on Sept 29th from 8:00-2pm.  Students can get tours of the campus, hear presentations about Lobo life, attend a luncheon and an Information Fair- for free.  Participants must register at

6 WEEK GRADING PERIOD:  The first 6 week grading period ends Sept 21. 

NO SCHOOL:  We will NOT have school Oct 11-12 for Fall Break.

FALL DANCE:  The Fall Dance has been scheduled for Oct 19th from 7-10pm in the new building.  Parent volunteers are greatly needed and appreciated.  Also, feel free to donate snacks, food, decorations, etc, to help make this a fun, safe, festive evening for the students of ECA and CEC.  Contact Mr Noriega at to offer any help.

HAUNTED HOUSE:  The Haunted House has been moved to Oct 27th.  This is a great fundraiser for the school and a lot of fun for the students and staff of both ECA and CEC.  Parent volunteers are greatly needed!!  Feel free to contact Mr Noriega at  ECA has one of the most active student governments in the state- with over half of the ECA student body involved.  Mr Noriega appreciates all the help he can get!

SCHOOL DONATIONS:  Thank you to parents who are willing to make donations to the school.  These funds help support school activities, dances, fun nights, field trips, banquets, assemblies, etc.  An envelope box is located at the front desk in the office if you would like to contribute.  

Lynn C. Ramsey, MA, LMHC

Albuquerque Public Schools

Counselor- Career Enrichment Center/Early College Academy  •  247-3658 x45595

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"    Mary Oliver



Duke, Georgetown University, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford- Exploring College Options Presentation:  Representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm, Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.  See link to register

Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice, and UChicago- Exploring Educational Excellence:  Monday, October 15, 2018 at 07:00 PM  Albuquerque Marriott  2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.  RSVP at

COLLEGE FAIR:  College Fair is being held at the Abq Convention Center on Sept 23rd from 12-3.   Meet representatives from over 150 colleges and attend workshops about how to make the most of college, paying for college, and college athletics.  This is a great and FREE opportunity to get your students looking at colleges, thinking about the process, and learning about different opportunities.  It is exciting and parents are welcome to attend as well.


WUE (pronounced “woo-wee”) is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, and it is coordinated by WICHE. WUE is a regional tuition-reciprocity agreement that enables students from WICHE states to enroll in more than 150 participating two- and four-year public institutions at 150 percent of the enrolling institution’s resident tuition. WUE is the largest program of its kind in the nation, and has been in operation since 1987! WUE is not a short term exchange—it is meant to be used for a full degree.  See attached flyer for participating schools.





DUE DATE: Sept. 27, 2018: Quest Bridge National College Match.  Seniors with outstanding grades & test scores + lower income backgrounds (typically households earning less than $65,000/yr. for a family of four, and often less). Fantastic opportunity. See website for details and application, and to see if you qualify. JUNIORS: SEE MARCH DUE DATES FOR JUNIORS' VERSION!

October 6, 2018: AES Scholarship. $500. Seniors only. Brief essay on topic: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?  Submit essay to  There is no application packet for this award. Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year. Details at:  Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by essay.

DUE DATE: October 15, 2018:  Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards:  Students apply for grants of varying $$$ in several categories: education, business, healthcare & science, media & entertainment, STEM, and community service.   Eligibility: Must be graduating in Spring 2019; Must have at least an unweighted 3.0 GPA; Be of Hispanic Heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines); Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after HS graduation; If selected, must attend the regional ceremony. Travel to the ceremony will be at the recipient’s expense; Completed online application including a letter of recommendation, transcript and essay questions; Be a Permanent Resident, DACA, U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen.

DUE DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 (for Phase 1): Wendy's Heisman Scholarship: senior student-athletes with 3.0 GPA & community involvement only; application/competition has several phases and requires HS staff nomination; can be $1,000/$5,000/$10,000.  

DUE DATE: October 25, 2018:  Horatio Alger Scholarship (106 Awards - $25,000). Seniors only, must be U.S. citizen. Assists students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need ($55,000 or lower), a good academic record (2.0 min.), commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society.

DUE DATE October 31st: Abq VFM Aux Scholarships:  Voice of Democracy Essay Contest and the Young American Art Award is for 9-12th graders.  (Art contest is due March 31st)

DUE DATE November 6, 2018: Prudential Spirit of Community Award Open to middle and high school students who make a difference in their community by volunteering.  $1,000/$5,000.  Apply at  Applications must be certified by high school principal.  

NM TECH SCHOLARSHIPS: See attached flyer for scholarships specific to students who attend NM Tech.  

UNM SCHOLARSHIPS: See link for scholarships specific to UNM.  Many have application and/or admission deadlines of Dec 1st, 2018.

DUE DATE NOV 29, 2018: Daniels Fund Scholarship.   The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities.  This scholarship is highly competitive and students must demonstrate a financial need though the FAFSA.

Provision of Services

The school counselor provides developmental curriculum content in a systematic way to all students through the school counseling core guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, referrals and collaboration, and program management and school support. 

School counseling services are aimed at the more effective education and socialization of the student within the school community.  School counseling services are not intended as a substitute for psychological counseling, diagnosis, or medication (which is not the responsibility of the school). 

Academic Achievement Concerns –Our Professional School Counselor helps students to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the lifespan.  Our PSC helps students to complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of choices for post-secondary college and career options.  Our PSC also helps students understand the relationship among academics and the world of work as well as between life at home and life in the community. PSCs may also provide group counseling for students having similar academic concerns such as test anxiety, school adjustment, and attendance.

Personal/Social Development Concerns – Our Professional School Counselor helps students to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills that help them understand and respect themselves and others.  Our PSC helps students make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve their goals.  She also helps students understand safety and survival skills.  Some student issues that our PSC addresses includes: short-term solution-focused interventions for peer conflict, peer relationships, school stress, test anxiety, drug and alcohol issues, anger management, and suicidal ideation.  She also help students and their families find outside professional help when an issue requires a long-term intervention.  ECA and APS contract with New Mexico Solutions to provide a Professional Mental Health Counselor on campus for longer term counseling needs/services.  See the school counselor for more information.

College & Career Planning – Our PSC helps students to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills to investigate the world of work and make informed career decisions that align with their current interests.  Our PSC also helps students to employ strategies to achieve future career goals and understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the world of work.  Students have the opportunity to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and the EXPLORE as one means of identifying possible career goals.  Students also participate in an advisory that helps them to explore their post-high school plans.  Those plans are then documented in the spring semester through the Next Step Plan (NSP), which all students (8th – 12th grades) are required to complete.

Resources for Academic and Career Planning – ECA’s School Counseling Center maintains a wide variety of resources for academic and career planning that are available for student and parent use.  Career information includes career institutions and armed services brochures.  College information includes catalogs, directories, videos, applications, and scholarships.  Handouts with scholarship and career information website search engines are also available.  Other resources include registration materials and study guides for national college entrance tests (ACCUPLACER< ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests).  Files are maintained for high school students on alternative schools, tutoring programs, summer opportunities, scholarships, and foreign exchange programs.

How To Schedule An Appointment With A School Counselor - Our goal is to assist students and families in a timely fashion.  A parent who wishes to meet with the school counselor may schedule an appointment by calling the school.  Students can make appointments by completing a counselor appointment request form available in the counseling office.

Benefits/Risks - There are both risks and benefits associated with participation in counseling.  Counseling may improve a student’s ability to relate with others, provide a clearer understanding of him/herself, along with goals, values, strengths, weaknesses, and an ability to deal with everyday stress.  Counseling may also lead to unanticipated feelings and change.

Nature and Limits of Confidentiality

Information discussed in counseling sessions is generally confidential between the School Counselor and the student.  However, there are exceptions:

  1. The student appears to be in danger of harming self or others.  Danger of harming self or others includes a suicidal or homicidal threat and purposeful self-injury (e.g., cutting).  It may include other “risky” behaviors such as drug/alcohol use, plans to commit a violent act against another person, and promiscuous sexual activity (due to heightened risk of contracting/spreading a dangerous disease like HIV).
  2. The student appears to be a victim of child abuse or neglect or may have abused another child.
  3. The student has committed a serious crime or is planning a serious crime that involves potential harm to self or others (e.g., plans to take part in a drive-by shooting).
  4. The student has committed, or is planning to commit, illegal activity at school (e.g., weapons possession, drug/alcohol possession or use, assault and battery).