On Nov. 7, voters will be able to decide on the Central New Mexico Community College General Obligation (GO) Bond.
If it passes, the GO Bond would provide $80 million for projects at multiple CNM locations in both Bernalillo County and Sandoval County.
Oliva Padilla-Jackson, CNM’s vice president of finance and operations, was on hand at the Sept. 27 Sandoval County Commission meeting to give a presentation on the GO Bond.
“We all know we all know how important trades are to our economy and to our local businesses,” Padilla-Jackson said. “This particular bond will fund a few things in regards to trades.”
The bond will provide funding for a permanent location for CNM’s FUSE Makerspace, a facility that will bring together an accessible suite of resources and educational programs for students, entrepreneurs and community members including a unique space to design, prototype and manufacture prototypes for business ventures, as well as creative works. It will also support the completion of CNM’s Trades and Applied Technology facility project, including more labs, cutting-edge equipment and flexible spaces that support skilled trades education.
The bond is on the ballot in Sandoval County, however, because CNM is moving its entire auto mechanic, diesel mechanic and brand-new electric vehicle mechanic programs to Rio Rancho’s Career Technical Education campus.
CTE offers students opportunities in the skills trade.
In 2022, RRPS purchased a 74,000-square-foot building to house skilled trades classes and courses. The design and buildout is currently underway and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2025.
RRPS and CNM will work cooperatively at the CTE Center to provide skilled trade courses in a work-based learning environment that will serve both RRPS and CNM students. RRPS students will select a career pathway (welding, plumbing and pipefitting, residential carpentry, electrical, photovoltaic, multimedia/film, computer information systems (CIS) networking, food management) that will lead to industry certifications upon graduation, preparing them for high-skill, high-demand and high-paying careers.
“The project I’m most excited about is our partnership with Rio Rancho Public Schools,” Padilla-Jackson said. “The beauty of this partnership is Rio Rancho Public Schools students will be able take courses and earn a certificate or degree at the same time they graduate high school. We all know how important that is to our economy. We need more trades and skills.”
Early voting begins Oct. 10, and Election Day is Nov. 7. The CNM bond will be at the end of the ballot. Most voters will need to turn their ballot over to vote on the CNM bond.
All registered voters living in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties that live in the CNM district can vote on the bond in this election.