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NNMC Annouces 2014 Legislative Priorities

2014 Legislative Priorities for Northern New Mexico College

PRIORITY: Capital Outlay Request: $2.0 million
S.B. 53, Carlos Cisneros

Summary: Funding would support critical health and safety infrastructure
improvements at the El Rito and Española campuses of Northern
New Mexico College in Rio Arriba County. Projects include the creation
of an Academic Advisement Center.

Notes: The HED’s FY15 recommendation includes $2.2 million in outlay
funding for Northern. The agency has listed the College’s capital
projects within their top ten priorities.

 

PRIORITY: Develop a Veterans Center
on Northern’s Española Campus: $105,000
S.B. 261: Richard Martinez
H.B. 282: Debbie Rodella/Nick Salazar
 
Summary: The Veterans Center will provide services that assist veterans
in northern New Mexico with accessing information about their benefits
as a civilian and student. Services include focused advisement, counseling
services, art therapy and a veteran mentoring program.
Notes: Northern has received the support of the New Mexico Veterans
Affairs Center (NMVA) for this project. Once established, the NMVA field
office in northern New Mexico will use the Center to provide outreach
and benefits services.
 
Notes: This request is for a one-time appropriation to
the College and does not meet the criteria for an RPSP (Research and
Public Service Project). Therefore, the institution was not required to
submit the project to the HED for review.

 

PRIORITY: Liberal and Heritage Arts Supplies: $85,000
S.B. 262: Richard Martinez
H.B. 283: Debbie Rodella/Nick Salazar
 
Summary: The State’s funding formula and course funding matrix rewards
STEMH academic programs, courses, and graduates. Northern’s
mission places significant value on heritage and liberal arts programs,
specifically those that embrace the institution’s commitment to meet
the educational, cultural, and economic needs of the region. H.B. 283
would provide a much needed parity for programs that provide the
fundamental academic infrastructure for all degree types, and playing
a role in cultural sustainability. Appropriation would be used for the
purchase of classroom supplies and equipment for various academic
departments at the institution.
 
Notes: This request is for a one-time appropriation to the College and
does not meet the criteria for an RPSP (Research and Public Service
Project). Therefore, the institution was not required to submit the
project to the HED for review.

 

PRIORITY: Lottery Scholarship at Northern

Currently, 219 students at Northern receive the Legislative Lottery Scholarship.
The average GPA for Lottery Scholarship recipients is 3.26. About
80 percent of Northern’s Lottery Scholarship recipients maintain a GPA
of 3.0 
or greater. On average, Northern’s Lottery recipients take 13.6 credit hours per academic semester.
Northern supports legislative efforts to sustain full scholarship payouts for the Spring 2014 semester.