As interim president at Santa Fe Community College, I have seen the power of higher education in our community to change lives. Every day I see several hundred people who have made the choice to better themselves and their community walk through the front doors of SFCC. It’s with much excitement and gratitude that I proudly shake the hands of hundreds of those students at December and May graduations who’ve committed their hard-earned dollars, time and energy to earn a certificate or associate degree that will launch them into new jobs or onto their next step to earn a bachelor’s degree.
These days, going to college is a necessity, not a luxury. According to the Center for Higher Education and the Workforce Center at Georgetown University, 65 percent of jobs available in the U.S. — or more than six out of 10 jobs, will require at least some post-secondary education by 2020.
On Nov. 6, voters throughout New Mexico will have the opportunity to provide New Mexico’s colleges, universities and specialty schools with the ability to ensure our students receive the education they need to succeed by voting in support of General Obligation Bond D.