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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:00 pm

When state Sen. John Arthur Smith speaks, people listen — and that includes the rest of the Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez. A Democrat from Deming, Smith is a respected voice on fiscal matters and serves as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

That he has taken the trouble to write to Gov. Martinez about concerns with the financial state of Northern New Mexico College should alert its supporters. That would include students, faculty and staff, not to mention the people of Española and greater Rio Arriba County. The college, whether in its two- or four-year form, is an economic driver in Northern New Mexico. Not only does it provide jobs, but the degrees students obtain mean better wages and salaries, all of which help the economy. Founded in 1909 as a Normal school that trained teachers, the college has been opening the doors to opportunity for more than 100 years.

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  • Jim H. Madrid posted at 9:53 pm on Sat, Aug 24, 2013.

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    Administrators: Democracy calls for things to be run with due regard to the workforce and not as a plutocracy where only the administrators make the decisions, i.e., do not take over all the construct of work settings. Your attempt to communicate should fit ... be understood, appreciated and learned by all. Appreciation of your workforce generally leads to better work and less attrition.

    Instructors: To upscale is not always the way, it may cause growth that leaves behind the unprepared. Difficult looking course and degree objectives frighten some that would otherwise become sound students and/or dropouts. Synchronize learning objectives, to cause effective learning; learning that motivates self initiative.

    Board Members: Just as up-scaling may not always work, neither is that of having educators with their "foot in the stirrup" who are more than willing to shift from one school to another for better pay and/or benefits. Paying more for someone is not always the answer, sometimes one of poor quality gets the job of one that has "set the price." Consider making and administering policies that have proven successful at other schools and/or colleges.

    Educators: The plight of education in New Mexico is not "showcased" only at Northern, consider the our national economy's direction toward plutocracy. New Mexico has money for education. Call for it. Invest in our children! In essence, President Roosevelt said: THE STORE SHOULD NOT WIN EVERY TIME!!

    SH Madrid, MBA, retired NNMCC business administration chairperson

     
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