Rio Rancho boasts 5 adult-learning options

Rio Rancho boasts 5 adult-learning options

Posted on November 7, 2019

With the kids back in school, it’s a great time to further your education or learn a new skill – and set an example as a life-long learner. Rio Rancho has excellent higher-education options, including business training, fine arts, health and wellness, and personal-development courses during the day, on weekends, or online.

New Mexico Highlands University Rio Rancho Center

Hoping to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree? New Mexico Highlands University, a public institution based in Las Vegas, N.M., has a branch campus in Rio Rancho, where degrees are offered in business (online), psychology, criminal justice, social work, teacher education, educational leadership, counseling (school, rehabilitation and licensed professional), as well as an MBA (online) and a Master of Social Work (MSW). All students on this campus must be classified as at least a junior. See full program offerings here. The campus, just off of New Mexico 528 at 1700 Grande Blvd. in Rio Rancho, is about 25 minutes from Mariposa.


CNM Rio Rancho

Looking to pursue a new profession? The Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Rio Rancho campus offers courses in general education, nursing, emergency medical technician training, business and teacher education. The campus, at 2601 Campus Blvd. NE in Rio Rancho, is about 15 minutes from Mariposa.



The UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho

The UNM Health Sciences Center Rio Rancho, formerly UNM West, focuses on health-professional training. It offers a 20-month College of Nursing Program and 36-hour medical-assistant certification through the UNM Office of Community Health in partnership with CNM. The center will be home to a community mental-health clinic. There also are plans to connect the campus to the Sandoval Regional Medical Center through roadways and walking paths. The campus, at 2600 College Blvd. NE in Rio Rancho, is 11 minutes from Mariposa.


Rio Rancho Public Library 

The Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado Blvd NE in Rio Rancho, about 18 minutes from Mariposa, offers programs that include cooking classes, arts and crafts, as well as music and history seminars. For a full schedule, visit Rio Rancho Public Library calendar of events.

Rio Rancho Recreation Centers

Rio Rancho is home to Star Heights Recreation Center, 800 Polaris Blvd., and Sabana Grande Recreation Center, 4110 Sabana Grande Ave SE, both about 20 minutes from Mariposa. Take salsa dancing, Zumba, ballet and more. See the centers’ adult programs brochure for times and information.


Looking for a new home or custom-home site near Albuquerque? Nestled among the foothills of Rio Rancho, Mariposa is a master-planned community just 30 minutes north of Albuquerque. Mariposa is designed for living naturally and offers a fully equipped fitness center, resort-style indoor and outdoor pools, parks, sports courts and miles of trails and abundant open space with endless views of the Mariposa Preserve and surrounding mountains. Learn more at

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