May 2, 2017


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403




The Adult Education Department at ENMU-Roswell will hold its Twenty-Seventh Annual GED®/HiSET® Adult Education Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on campus. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Campus Union Building. Close to 70 candidates for graduation will participate. The featured speaker will be Charlotte Andrade, Chaves County Treasurer. Andrade graduated with honors in 2000 from ENMU-Roswell with an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from ENMU in 2002.


For adults who did not complete high school, the Tests of General Educational Development (GED® tests) or High School Equivalent Tests (HiSET® tests) provide an opportunity to earn a high school credential. The GED®/HiSET® programs, sponsored by the American Council on Education, enables individuals to demonstrate that they have acquired a level of learning comparable to that of high school graduates. Recognized nationwide by employers and institutions of higher learning, the GED®/HiSET® programs have increased employment, education, and earning opportunities for more than ten million adults since 1942.


Since 1986, ENMU-Roswell’s GED®/HiSET® Testing Center has issued more than 4,000 high school equivalency diplomas. Instruction for the GED®/HiSET® is available, free of charge, through the University’s Adult Education Program, which is funded by the Adult Education Act in a grant from the New Mexico Department of Education, Vocational-Technical and Adult Education.


As the Treasurer for Chaves County, Andrade is responsible for keeping account of all monies received and disbursed, and keeping regular accounts of all checks and warrants drawn on the Treasury and paid. She also keeps the books, papers, and monies pertaining to the office ready for inspection by the Chaves County Board of County Commissioners at all times.


Prior to being elected as Treasurer, Andrade served as Chief Deputy Treasurer. Previous to that, Andrade was the Chaves County Community Development Director, responsible for producing federal and state grant applications and proposals. She served as liaison between county commissioners and various advisory councils within the county. She organized and prepared the county’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP), acted as fiscal and project manager for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, and represented Chaves County at the Legislature for capital outlay and other projects. Andrade supervised a staff of 3 full-time permanent employees and 20 independent contractors.


As DWI director, Andrade was responsible for administering the Chaves County DWI Program, covering eight component areas: Treatment, Screening, Compliance, Law Enforcement, Tracking, Prevention, Domestic Violence and Coordination.


Andrade has served on the Chaves County Comprehensive Strategy Board and the Chaves County DWI Planning Council. She is a 2005 graduate of the Leadership Roswell Program and a 2014 graduate of Leadership New Mexico. She serves on the Board of Directors for Save Our Youth (SOY) – Mariachi. She is a member of the New Mexico Association of Counties, the Chaves County Republican Women, the Phi Theta Kappa Society – International Scholastic Order of the Two-Year College, and the Chihuahuita Vecindad, Inc. Board.