NMMI officials report a spike in enrollment after years of declining numbers. (Matthew Arco Photo)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

New Mexico Military Institute officials say years of declining enrollment have finally given way to a complete turnaround.The Institute announced Thursday that the numbers have spiked for the first time in nearly a decade. The school reported 961 matriculated cadets for the current school year, which includes more than 330 returning cadets and 627 new faces.  

“It’s great news,” said Maj. Gen. Jerry W. Grizzle, the school’s superintendent, who says the Institute is getting closer to its target enrollment of about 1,000 cadets.“It’s really rewarding and fun,” he said. “It’s fun because now the faculty have full classrooms and the corps looks like a full corps.” 

Officials credit the spike with a new focus on using the internet for recruiting cadets. The superintendent also says faculty and staff are working harder to keep cadets coming back each year. 

“We took an entirely different approach in recruiting than we have in the past,” Grizzle said. “And now that we’ve got these numbers here, the priority will be to have them stay.” 

This year’s cadets come from 42 states and 13 foreign countries. 

“We ought to be the poster child for diversity,” Grizzle said. “It’s just not like anything else.” 

Despite years of lower numbers, Grizzle says he’s always thankful for the unwavering support of the local community. 

“We really appreciate the support we get locally,” he said. “Roswell’s support is incredibly appreciated.” 

Reprinted with permission. 

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