Public Forum/Panel Discussion On Northern New Mexico College Branch Community College Saturday

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Public Forum/Panel Discussion On Northern New Mexico College Branch Community College Saturday

Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey and la Sociedad Venceslao Jaramillo are sponsoring a public forum/panel discussion from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, April 27 at the NNMC El Rito Campus—Alumni Hall/North Dorm Building.

The focus of this event is the landmark Senate Bill 431, which the NM Legislature passed several weeks ago.  This bill was sponsored by state Senators Richard Martinez and Carlos Cisneros, who represent portions of Rio Arriba County. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed this bill into law.

This innovative legislation paves the way for the creation of a special “Northern New Mexico College Branch Community College” to be operated within the parent NNMC.  The primary operational location of this new “community college within the college” would be the NNMC campus in El Rito. 

The curriculum of this branch community college would be limited to vocational-technical programs, career education, trades programs and continuing education leading to the acquisition of associate degrees and/or certificates.

Tuition rates at the proposed NNMC branch community college would be lower than those for courses offered in other disciplines at the parent/main NNMC. Financing of the operations of the proposed NNMC branch community college would be dependent upon voter approval of a mill-levy property tax assessment.
The passage of S.B. 431 was an essential step towards the resurrection/renovation/reopening of the NNMC “home” campus in El Rito on a full-time basis and restoring a “community college” curriculum at NNMC.  But several additional steps must yet be undertaken within the next few months to fulfill the potential offered by S.B. 431.  Public participation in this event on 4/27/19 in El Rito is one of those steps in that direction. 

Panel members (confirmed or tentative) include: NNMC President Rick Bailey, American Federation of Teachers local union (NNMC) President Tim Crone, Espanola Valley Public Schools Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez, la Sociedad Venceslao JaramilloExecutive Director Jake Arnold, and NM Higher Education Department General Counsel Sandy Liggett.

For more information call la Socieded Venceslao Jaramillo at (575) 581-9520.  


la Socieded Venceslao Jaramillo is a civic organization is named for the prominent rancher-statesman from El Rito whose efforts founded the historic Spanish-American Normal School (established in 1909 in El Rito), which many decades later evolved into NNMC.