The Aug. 3, 1962 edition of the Carlsbad Current-Argus announced that registration for the New Mexico State University Carlsbad branch would open Aug. 12.

The article quoted director of the Carlsbad branch Paul J. Johnson who said those interested could sign up at “west wing of the Mid-High School” and that credits were transferable to four-year colleges, but those interested could complete a two-year full time program to receive an Arts and Sciences certificate.

In the article Johnson goes on to highlight courses in biology, business, accounting and chemistry as well as English, history and mathematics, and urged members of the community to consider participation in night courses offered at the branch.

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