CCC Targeted for state funds...By CNJ staff.
Brick and mortar projects at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University got a big boost Wednesday from Gov. Bill Richardson.
Richardson carved out $8 million in his capital outlay budget for building projects at the institutions, according to a press release from his office.
"With a strong financial outlook, now is the time to invest in New Mexicans. We can do this is in a fiscally prudent manner — by funding projects and initiatives that will benefit thousands of New Mexico students and help us build a high-wage economy," Richardson said.
A Clovis Community College Allied Health Center is slated to pocket $2 million, roughly half the cost of the project. The 25,000 square foot building will allow the college to expand existing programs, including the radiological technology program, the nursing program and emergency medical services program, according to CCC Interim President Becky Rowley.
"This is fantastic. It's exactly what we wanted," said CCC Board of Trustee Secretary Gayla Brumfield. "Many of those programs are busting at the seams. It will give us more space and free up classrooms," she said.
The building will be located on the east campus adjacent to the W.D. Dabbs Library Technology Center. Rowley said the first phase of construction will begin in the spring.
Five Eastern New Mexico University building projects will also receive state funds. The governor pledged $1.5 million for an 8,000-square-foot science building and $1 million for a music building renovation at the ENMU Portales campus. Another $2.5 million was pledged for projects at ENMU branch campuses in Roswell and Ruidoso, and $1 million will go to the purchase of distance learning equipment for programs in Hobbs, Tucumcari, Roswell, and Ruidoso.