Bond Provides Money for Nursing Instruction Building
11/19/2016 6:03:44 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.
[Story by Dorothy Fowler, Hobbs News Sun]
Kelvin Sharp, president of New Mexico Junior College, said Wednesday he is pleased that all bonds on Tuesday's ballot passed but that he is especially pleased that Go Bond C passed.
That's because that bond will provide $4 million toward building a new facility to house the nursing program at NMJC.
Earlier this school year, Delores Thompson, director of the registered nursing program at the college, provided a tour of the classrooms where student nurses learn the art and science of the profession.
At that time about 60 beginning students were crowded into a space that was clearly intended for no more than 35. More advanced students were working in spaces in other classrooms on tables that although adequate, were clearly improvised.
"And, we've had to turn away some qualified candidates for the program because we have such limited space," Thompson said.
Sharp said Wednesday that the bond money will "provide fundamental seed for a facility that will eventually cost between $8 and $10 million."
When it's built, the facility will include state-of-the-art equipment.
Sharp, who has been on the job since July, said he has not yet seen a plan for the building, but expects to meet with an architect next week to talk about possibilities.
"I like to design and plan new buildings for programs," he said. "The building, when it's built, will be behind the museum, outside the circle and right across the parking lot from the hospital. It's an ideal place for a nursing school."
Bond C provides $142,356,000 for capital expenditures "for certain higher education, special schools and tribal schools," The funds will be distributed throughout the state of New Mexico.
Bond A provided $15,440,000 for acquisition and improvement of senior citizen facilities throughout the state.
Bond B provided $10,167,000 for libraries, and Bond D provided $18,196,000 for capital improvements for state police, public safety communications and national guard facilities throughout the state.
Dorothy N. Fowler can be reached at 575-391-5446 or education@h