Northern New Mexico signs petition in protest of Northern New Mexico College budget

The Northern Issue

Hi everyone, this is the only article the Rio Grande Sun published this week about Northern. Enjoy!

Ralph Chapoco

Rio Grande Sun

July 17, 2014

Former Northern New Mexico College employees have been circulating a petition and urging fellow community members to support it. The petition is asking the New Mexico Higher Education Department to reject Northern’s proposed 2014/2015 budget because of academic program cuts.

The Board of Regents dedicated the majority of its April 24 meeting to discuss the proposed budget. The budget called for cutting three programs: automotive, construction and radiology. It also proposed eliminating nine employees as well as the day care center. The budget was unanimously approved with two people abstaining, Board Member Donald Martinez and Board President Rosario Garcia, and was then sent to the state’s higher education department for final approval.

Emotions were charged at that meeting. Several students, faculty and staff publicly opposed…

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