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ENMU-Roswell students Graylen East, left; Samy Matemb, center; and Frank Wyatt have received $1,000 scholarships from the New Mexico Solar Group. ENMU-R, New Mexico Solar Group and Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) representatives are, from left to right, Past EDC Chairman Bud Kunkel; EDC President Michael Espiritu; EDC Business Development Manager Irma Perez; Solar Group representative Jasmine Molina; ENMU-R Interim Vice President of Technical Education Ron Flury; Solar Group representative Jose Ojeda; Solar Group Representative Uriel Villagran; ENMU-R welding instructor Dusty Baker; ENMU-R Vice President Annemarie Oldfield; Solar Group representative Ian Brumana; Solar Group President Nick Kadlec; ENMU-R HVAC-R instructor Caleb Cain; Chaves County Board of Commissioners Chairman Will Cavin; ENMU-R Transportation Controller and Dispatcher Jenna Lanfor; ENMU-R President Shawn Powell; and EDC Project Manager Melissa Juarez. (Submitted Photo)

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New Mexico Solar Group has awarded scholarships to three technical education students at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell.

Company representatives met with the students, instructors, and county officials on campus Wednesday for a scholarship presentation coordinated by the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp.

Samy Matemb, Graylen East and Frank Wyatt each received a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward their educational expenses.

Nick Kadlec, president and chief executive officer of New Mexico Solar Group, thanked the Roswell-Chaves County EDC for championing the company’s work in Roswell.

Kadlec said education is key to providing jobs for the county and that his company is honored to help the students on their educational journey.

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Espiritu thanked Kadlec and his team for their support and for helping the students fund their pathways to successful careers.

Matemb is an international student from Cameroon who enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program in summer 2020. He is a straight-A student who has excelled academically. He has completed all the general and airframe courses and has tested with the Federal Aviation Administration to receive his airframe certification. He will complete his power plant certification this fall.

Matemb will graduate in December of this year and will begin his occupational practical training at one of the Roswell Air Center businesses for a minimum of 12 months. He intends to continue his education, pursuing a bachelor’s degree through ENMU in Portales.

East and his family moved to Roswell from Portales and he chose to enroll in the Welding Technology program at ENMU-Roswell. He will be starting his second year in the program and plans to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree. He said he chose welding because he felt it would give him the best opportunity to find a job. He enjoys the different aspects of welding and hopes to explore the world, finding a job in either pipeline welding or structural welding.

Wyatt is completing his first year in ENMU-R’s Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program. Wyatt’s instructor, Caleb Cain, said Wyatt is a top-notch student and will be a good asset for an employer.

Wyatt plans to complete the certificate of occupational training and then possibly pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree.

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