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ENMU-Roswell board approves funding requests

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell intends to ask the 2022 New Mexico Legislature for $514,300 to support three educational programs.

The Community College Board approved the Research and Public Service Projects requests at its June 2 meeting. The requests will now be forwarded to the New Mexico Higher Education Department for review.

ENMU System Controller Tony Major said the board approved asking for $332,200 to expand and continue its nursing program, $111,500 to support its Special Services program and $70,600 for its aviation maintenance technology program.

The nursing expansion funding would pay for an additional full-time nursing instructor to allow increased student enrollment. It also would pay for faculty development and training and recruitment of both faculty and students.

The Special Services program provides occupational training for students diagnosed with some type of disability. The requested money would pay part of the director’s salary and all of the salary for a student activities director. It also will pay for activities that support the students and ensure continued service to students during times of increased enrollment.

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The aviation maintenance technology funding would pay for a full-time instructor, with ENMU-R indicating that the program is needed to address a severe worldwide shortage of aviation mechanics.

If the state Higher Education Department gives it OK of the funding requests, they will go before state legislators during their 2022 session. The funding would become available for ENMU-Roswell for its 2022-23 fiscal year if approved by legislators and the governor. Higher education Research and Public Service Projects funding is considered every year.