The Ruidoso Early College Academy (RECA) serves to educate students and provide them with the guidance and support to help them narrow down their post-secondary options and identify an engaging career pathway. RECA will operate as an academy within the Ruidoso High School comprehensive high school campus and align with degree and certificate programs offered through Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso. RECA is able to provide wrap-around support to students in their pursuits and assist in a layered learning approach by providing a full-time, certified instructor who not only teaches the introductory college classes during the 10th grade year, but runs a learning lab to assist students in taking their Blackboard-based classes. The lab provides a place for group-studying and tutoring needs. This structure allows the students to have success in their pathway as they have daily support in navigating their college classes, both academic and vocational, as well as a solid foundation starting their sophomore year in how to be a successful college student. RECA provides programs such as Welding Technology, Wildland Fire, Emergency Medical Technician, Information Systems, and other programs as developed through ENMU-Ruidoso.