Vote yes on the bond issue for the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus on April 9. The bond would provide $5 million to the campus for construction of a 20,000-square-foot classroom building on the campus as well as expansion of the student services complex. It will also help pay for more computer labs for instructional use.
The bond will not raise property taxes a penny, since it replaces other bonds which are expiring.
The expansion will help the campus add pre-health science courses, which will mean that local residents will have a chance to go into medicine, nursing or physical therapy.
Voting in favor of the bond means that our young people, right out of high school, as well as those of us who are looking for a change in careers, can take the courses that will lead them to degrees, higher salaries and more personal satisfaction.
Beginning an education at the Valencia Campus can help a student ease into a degree path in smaller classes, at lower tuition rates and with a great deal more convenience than driving to Albuquerque.
Even those of us who simply want to broaden our horizons will benefit, with more space available for community and continuing educational purposes.
Investing in the campus is investing in our county and its residents. Whatever we spend in making education more available for everyone here will return to us over and over again.
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