Here are the Journal’s recommendations in Tuesday’s Central New Mexico Community College board election:
District 1 — Pauline Garcia
Pauline Garcia has served on the Albuquerque Public Schools board as well as the CNM governing board, back when it was known as Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute.
She says she has watched the school grow in programs and locations, expanding beyond vocational education and adding its West Side campus. And she fully supports continuing the school’s reach into K-12 classrooms to facilitate not only dual-credit courses for high school students but also reforms that will help ensure students are prepared to succeed in higher education.
Garcia says she is not only proud of the new campus, built during her first stint on the board, but also the fact it was not undertaken until the entire area it serves — including Corrales and Rio Rancho — was brought into its tax district to support its programs. And she says further expansions into distance and online learning promise to maximize resources for CNM and its students alike.
The Journal endorses Pauline Garcia and recommends voters select her experience, fiscal responsibility and dedication to education reform for the CNM governing board’s new West Side district, District 1.
District 2 — Bob Matteucci Jr.
Albuquerque native Bob Matteucci Jr. says the likelihood that New Mexico could be losing federal jobs has increased the importance of finding new industries to start in or move to New Mexico, and CNM should be a big part of that process.
Matteucci knows something about how to create and run a business. He is the founder of the local retailer Shoes On a Shoestring, which he eventually sold to pursue a law degree at the University of New Mexico. He now practices family law.
To boost New Mexico’s business climate by producing a skilled workforce, CNM needs to be “totally nimble. We need to be able to meet with companies ready to train people,” he says.
But, he says, CNM also should be the college of first choice for students who need remedial work or who would like to take freshman and sophomore coursework at the school’s low tuition rate.
Matteucci says he has heard an earful from part-time instructors while campaigning and believes CNM should seek a way to boost morale by addressing their pay structure.
He says that although he was never a CNM student, he has long been interested in the school. His father, Robert P. Matteucci, is a longtime board member who is leaving office.
The Journal recommends Bob Matteucci Jr. for CNM Governing Board District 2, which covers an area in the Northeast Heights.
This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.