Student service centers belonging to the growing Central New Mexico Community College may see upgrades beginning next year, depending upon the fate of General Obligation Bond C in the November election.
That $153.6 million bond will help fund a series of facility upgrade and construction projects on the campuses of higher education institutions, special schools, and tribal schools across the state.
Of that amount, exactly $13 million, as earlier approved by state lawmakers, will go to Central New Mexico Community College for the student service center facilities work.
Included in that work will be improvements and upgrades to those centers on the Central New Mexico Community College’s Montoya, Westside, South Valley, and Rio Rancho campuses.
But the most visually significant project will see the demolition of the existing two-story student services center on the south central main Albuquerque campus.
That facility, built more than two decades ago, is no longer functional, according to CNM President Tracy Hartzler.
The large $13 million to be allocated to Central New Mexico Community College through Bond C is second only to the $51.4 million that will go to the University of New Mexico for various facility improvements, and the $30 million slated for New Mexico State University.
Previous approved general obligation bonds for CNM have funded the renovation of the school’s Smith Brasher Hall, which houses business classes; and the Max Salazar Hall, home to the school’s math, science, and engineering departments.
By Garry Boulard
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