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February 12, 2019

Luna Community college names interim president

Sharon Lalla, who oversees academic and vocational departments at Luna Community College, has been appointed acting president while a search to fill the position permantly nears its conclusion, the college announced last week.

Lalla will take on the additional duties starting Monday. She came to Luna after time as a faculty member and administrator at New Mexico State University, and has served as vice president for instruction at Luna since July 2016.

“My current vision is a six-week vision,” Lalla said, alluding to Luna’s effort to secure its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. “We want to be as transparent and as informative as possible across campus and in the community. … We will have a lot of collaboration.”

LANL Foundation seeks grant applicants

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation is accepting applications for $2,500 education and community outreach grants. The deadline for submission is Friday.

Two types of grants are offered: education outreach grants that directly support public school children in grades K-12; and community outreach grants that support innovative programming and collaboration, and advocacy for lifelong learning that need not be tied directly to K–12 public education.

Early childhood and adult learning programs and some community events fall within the category of community funding.

Public school districts, nonprofits, government agencies and tribal communities that serve Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe or Taos counties are eligible for the grants.

Application forms, instructions and additional information can be found at lanlfoundation.org/grants.

SAnTA Fe CC, NORTHErn N.M. College join to offer job training

Santa Fe Community College will collaborate with Northern New Mexico College to offer the New Mexico Environmental Workforce Job Training Program.

The five-week intensive training will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from May 20 through June 21 at NNMC in Española. Training costs for unemployed, underemployed or low-income applicants who are accepted into the program will be covered by an Environmental Protection Agency grant.

Program graduates will receive federal and state recognized certifications such as hazardous waste and emergency response, CPR and first aid, and fork lift operator.

Veterans are encouraged to apply. Space is limited, and applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible for job placement assistance. Most entry-level positions offer benefits with an average starting wage between $12 and $16 per hour.

For more information, contact Janet Kerley at janet.kerley@sfcc.edu or call Evelyn Gonzales at 505-428-1866.

Amy Biehl Community School to host bingo fundraiser

Amy Biehl Community School will be hosting its annual Basket Bingo fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 1.

Bingo cards will be sold for $2 each or $25 for 15 games. Prizes will be specially themed baskets as well as a 32-inch TV. Doors open at 4:45 pm.

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