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$740K federal grant set for women and Latino STEM students at N.M. university

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17:  Siobhan Benita (L), an independent candidate running for the post of Mayor of London, unveils her manifesto proposals with students at the BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College on April 17, 2012 in London, England. Ms Benita is the only independent challenger in the London mayoral race and many bookmakers are offering odds which place her third, behind Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson, on her becoming the next Mayor. Siobhan prides herself on not being aligned to any political party and has had no direct political experience, however she recently resigned her senior civil servant job to contest the Mayoral election that take place on May 3, 2012.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Siobhan Benita (L), an independent candidate running for the post of Mayor of London, unveils her manifesto proposals with students at the BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College on April 17, 2012 in London, England. Ms Benita is the only independent challenger in the London mayoral race and many bookmakers are offering odds which place her third, behind Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson, on her becoming the next Mayor. Siobhan prides herself on not being aligned to any political party and has had no direct political experience, however she recently resigned her senior civil servant job to contest the Mayoral election that take place on May 3, 2012. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)  (2012 Getty Images)

A new federal grant aims to help women and Latino students at Highlands University earn degrees in science and technology.

The northern New Mexico school announced this week it was awarded a three-year, $740,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program.

The university's vice president of strategic enrollment management Edward Martinez says the grant will help diversify the STEM workforce.

The grants will be administered through Highlands University's Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center.

Highlands established the Achieving in Research Math and Science Center (ARMAS) in 2009 with a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Officials say since 2009, ARMAS has helped more than 1,700 students at Highlands.

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