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Central New Mexico Community College District 5

Central New Mexico Community College is the largest community college in New Mexico with an enrollment of more than 19,000 students. It offers associate degrees, professional certificates and training options. The seven member board is responsible for policies that govern all phases of the educational programs for CNM. Voters elect government board members from Bernalillo and portions of Sandoval County.

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    NANCY A BACA

Biographical Information

Q1: What abilities do you have that qualify you for this office?

Q2: What is your top priority and how do you plan to address it?

Q3: What do you see as the biggest opportunities and challenges for CNM?

Q4: How do you see community college education changing to address student technology needs post-pandemic?

Q5: Should CNM focus more on skills based training rather than college credit degree programs?

Q6: Do you support free tuition for all students at community colleges? Why or why not?

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I began serving on the board in 2016. Since then I have chaired the Planning and Capital Outlay Committee and served on the Audit, Finance, and recent Presidential Search Committees. I spent nearly two decades as a local journalist. I am a small business owner and community volunteer. These experiences have given me an in-depth knowledge of the strengths and challenges facing CNM. I will continue to be an advocate for CNM and its mission to offer accessible, affordable education to New Mexico.
My top priority is to better promote CNM’s numerous programs to diverse individuals in every phase of their lives, from completing a GED to polishing skills or completely changing careers. CNM can help meet these workforce demands in our changing economy. I will continue to advocate for and promote CNM, and fight for new ideas for sustainable funding to accomplish these goals.
The greatest challenge facing CNM is also its biggest opportunity: the changing economy and workforce demands impacted by the pandemic. I hope New Mexicans seeking career transitions and the growing number of job opportunities will consider CNM. The college will continue to provide employers and prospective students personalized training programs and a tailored education to meet the needs of our economy.
At the onset of the pandemic, CNM was able to pivot and immediately offer online learning opportunities to students. This semester, classes are a hybrid of in-person and online instruction to allow students to tailor their learning and continue to have access to an affordable education. I see CNM continuing to provide these opportunities and pursuing additional technology as student needs change.
I believe CNM should continue to address both avenues. Every student at CNM benefits from the confidence they gain from education. Students should be given every opportunity to decide on the best path forward for their education.
Yes. Every New Mexican deserves access to an education without incurring crippling debt. Additionally, the community as a whole benefits from an educated, skilled, and diverse workforce. CNM is a resource for career advancement and a lifetime of education and I will continue to ensure it is accessible to all New Mexicans.