The state Higher Education Department on Wednesday recommended Central New Mexico Community College’s plan to lease space and offer classes at the AMREP Southwest building in Rio Rancho.
The Capital Projects Committee at HED voted in favor of the project and the HED secretary will likely approve it, according to Glenn Walters, deputy secretary at HED.
CNM plans to lease about 11,000 square feet in the building, located just west of NM 528 and south of Quantum Road, and will begin offering classes in late September, said CNM spokesman Brad Moore.
The AMREP campus will offer 12-week classes this fall, rather than the usual 16-week classes, which will take place on other CNM campuses. HED delayed its approval of the lease with AMREP, which CNM expected in May, after raising questions about the facility.
Contractors will renovate the third floor of the building to make space for three classrooms, one computer lab and a specialized lab for health care-related classes, such as EMT and nursing assistant, Moore said in an email.
Although some general education classes will be offered, the courses will primarily be career-oriented, such as courses for diesel mechanics and nursing assistants, he said.
Other career technical courses planned for the campus include clinical preparation, early learning and preschool centers, electrical theory and lab and introduction to fire science, according to a class list provided by Moore.
Continuing students at CNM can register for fall classes on July 7, while new students need to wait until July 21.
Regular fall classes at CNM start on Aug. 31.
The courses at the AMREP building will be in addition to offerings at the CNM campus in the Rio Rancho City Center.
Albuquerque Journal staff writers contributed to this report.