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(Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

Donald Dutchover, a freshman at Park Junior High, Kyla St. Louis, a sophomore at Artesia High School, and David Codding, Artesia Public Schools science consultant, spent the morning copying and viewing bacteria grown overnight at Zia Intermediate School as part of the Summer Science Enrichment program, sponsored by a local foundation and designed to introduce APS students to careers in science. Codding and Kris Johnson, Park biology teacher, currently have 11 students registered for the four-week course, which is focusing this week on biology, geology in Week Two, physical science in Week Three, and an introduction to chemistry in Week Four. According to Codding, there are still a few spots open for students entering grades 5-10. Interested students may contact him at 365-7117 for availability and times. Johnson says the purpose of the class is to “introduce students to careers in science and expose them and begin training them for the numerous career possibilities within the state of New Mexico which are annually 80 percent filled by people from outside the state” due to a lack of New Mexico students entering these fields.