SANTA FE, N.M. — It was standing room only in the Jemez Room of Santa Fe Community College on Oct. 29 as the five candidates for SFCC board positions met for the last time before Tuesday’s election.
Most of the people attending the forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters appeared to be students or SFCC employees who have a direct stake in the outcome of the election.
There are two candidates for Position 3: Ruth Howes, a retired physics professor, and Jody Pugh, a scientist and manager for the U.S. Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Three candidates are vying for Position 5: Miguel Acosta, an educator and community organizer; David Dannenberg, a tech entrepreneur whose latest online venture is designed to promote civic engagement; and Piér Quintana, who works for St. John’s College in Santa Fe.
Nearly all the candidates were in agreement that SFCC needs to align its curriculum with the needs of employers as technology continues to transform the workplace. In a statement on the League of Women Voters website, Pugh noted, “With changing technology, we will have serious shortfalls in trained workers and SFCC can lead the region in filling them.”