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Luna Community College thanks you for your participation in the Nov. 3 general election, which saw Bond C pass with 65 p...
11/08/2020

Luna Community College thanks you for your participation in the Nov. 3 general election, which saw Bond C pass with 65 percent of the vote, 522,457 to 283,447. Overall, 922,133 New Mexicans cast ballots in the election -- 68.2 percent of registered voters. Source: New Mexico Secretary of State.

Luna Community College is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and our communities.
11/06/2020

Luna Community College is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and our communities.

Join us as we honor our veterans! Live stream set for Facebook 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.
11/05/2020

Join us as we honor our veterans! Live stream set for Facebook 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Amid the hectic election season, KOB investigative reporter Chris Ramirez took time from his schedule to share insights ...
11/04/2020

Amid the hectic election season, KOB investigative reporter Chris Ramirez took time from his schedule to share insights with Luna students in Rick Baca's Critical Thinking class.
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The concept of “fake news,” the importance of true journalism and the modern state of politics were among the subjects discussed by KOB-TV investigative reporter Chris Ramirez and students in Rick Baca’s Critical Thinking class at Luna Community College on Oct. 29.
Ramirez, whose broadcast reporting career has included stints at both KOB and KOAT, took time from the hectic schedule covering the home stretch of one of the most significant general elections in recent history to share his insights with the Luna students. Ramirez spent the better part of an hour discussing his work and answering questions from students.
Perhaps spurred on by political figures, many in the general public have targeted those in the media, with the term “fake news” increasingly used as a label. Ramirez said that way of thinking is flawed but has motivated him to be more scrupulous than ever in gathering and reporting news.
“How would you define ‘fake news’? The definition I use is information coming from unverified, discredited sources,” he said, citing Russia’s reported misinformation campaign in the 2016 election as an example. The label, however, has become misused, he said. “When people don’t like what I have to say (or if) it doesn’t align with your political beliefs, it automatically gets cast as fake news. That is problematic … people would rather believe something that confirms their political bias. That’s a really dangerous place to be. There’s a huge segment of our population that reject facts because it doesn’t align with (their) belief system. I feel like I have to go above and beyond to prove (the reporting is accurate). I as a journalist am working so much harder than before to make sure what I put on television is verified, fact-driven, data-driven.”
The same cannot be said, Ramirez noted, for the world of social media, from which many derive information treated as news irrespective of its credibility.
“I like that this is a class about critical thinking,” Ramirez said, addressing the Luna students directly. “I think it’s more important than ever to become critical thinkers … to question things around you and (not give in to) assumptions. I’m excited to see Luna has a course like this … honing those critical thinking skills and sharpening those minds. You are the next generation of leaders.”
Ramirez encouraged students to “keep thinking critically, be curious, and keep asking questions,” especially of public officials: “They serve you,” he said, “not the other way around.”
One of the primary strengths of New Mexico is the warmth of its people, said Ramirez, an El Paso native who moved around plenty as the son of an Air Force veteran.
After returning to the Southwest to attend New Mexico State in Las Cruces, he took a reporting job in South Carolina. But he made his way back to New Mexico, he said, because “I wanted to work hard for a community I could relate to.”
“This kind of work in New Mexico has been really rewarding,” he said. “To see actual change happen because of something we’ve exposed – that’s the kind of work I live for.”
Ramirez said he first got into journalism in part because of multiple influences as a child – his parents watching the news and subscribing to newspapers – and his own natural curiosity. “I wanted to know more. I was a kid of the ‘90s. I would go to the library to read encyclopedia articles. I wanted to know about things. This was before Google existed where you could just type it in. If you have a natural curiosity, journalism could be a career that fits you.”
In response to one student question, Ramirez said working for a media outlet that covers a geographically large state with limited resources presents a challenge. “We have really frank and critical thinking discussions about where to put our resources,” he said.
“It is expensive. (So we look for subjects with) widespread appeal, things worth our efforts so we can be a catalyst for change.”
In spite of what some media consumers may suggest to the contrary, Ramirez said he’s encountered a lot of positive feedback in Las Vegas and other communities.
“Every community I go to, it’s warm. People are warm. People are excited that I’m there to cover the news … Every time I go to Las Vegas, people thank me for going there … You want your community to do better, and usually the first step is to shine a light on a problem.”
Course instructor Rick Baca’s approach to teaching, particularly in the HD 260 Critical Thinking course, favors bringing in special guest speakers – like Ramirez –from various professional fields. For more information on the Luna Humanities Department and other academic and vocational opportunities available at the college, please visit luna.edu.
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Did you remember to vote? Polls are open 7 to 7 today!
11/03/2020

Did you remember to vote? Polls are open 7 to 7 today!

NEW POSTINGS! Luna Community College is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and our communities.
11/03/2020

NEW POSTINGS! Luna Community College is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and our communities.

11/02/2020

Would you like to work in a rewarding job in the health field helping others with their daily needs? Luna Community College’s Allied Health Department will be offering a Certified Nursing Assistant course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning on November 9 and ending on Nov. 20.

The last day to register is Friday, Nov. 6.

The course will be limited to 10 students. As a CNA, you will play an important part in the health profession. For more information on Luna Community College’s CNA course, please call Estelle Garcia or the Allied Health department at 505-454-5303 to initiate the registration process.

Prospective nursing students, TEAS dates are now being scheduled...
10/29/2020

Prospective nursing students, TEAS dates are now being scheduled...

10/28/2020

Due to a blizzard warning, Luna Community College, along with its campuses in Santa Rosa, Mora and Springer, will be closing operations at noon today, Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Online instruction will continue as scheduled.
Please exercise caution and stay safe and warm out there!

LUNA BOARD EXTENDS INTERIM PRESIDENT'S CONTRACTPresidential search to begin soonLuna Community College interim President...
10/28/2020

LUNA BOARD EXTENDS INTERIM PRESIDENT'S CONTRACT

Presidential search to begin soon

Luna Community College interim President Dr. Kenneth Patterson will continue to serve in that capacity for at least an additional four months, the college’s governing board decided on Tuesday.

The Luna Board of Trustees unanimously approved a four-month extension to Patterson’s current contract as interim president with a review of agreed-upon performance indicators by the end of the contract period. Trustees took that step as the lone action item in a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The board has voted to issue an informal request for proposals for an outside firm to assist in conducting a presidential search. Trustees will consider proposals in a special meeting on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Patterson has been with the college as its vice president of instruction and student services since September 2019. He was appointed interim president in June.

“I’m honored that the Luna Community College Board of Trustees has offered an extension of my current contract as interim president,” Patterson said after Tuesday’s meeting. “As Luna finds herself at a pivotal point in providing educational and workforce programs for northeast New Mexico, there is an ongoing need for stability and a vision of what can become reality. We take great pride in a governing board that is eagerly focused on realizing a greater potential of the college, faculty and staff who work to mentor and develop learners, and students who pursue opportunities that lead them into success in the workforce or further into higher education. Working together, we all contribute to a bright future filled with opportunities. I’m certainly privileged to hold such a position of leadership at this point in the life of Luna, and I anticipate the great days ahead of us.”

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10/27/2020

Due to inclement weather and travel conditions, all LCC campuses will be closed today, Tuesday, Oct. 27. Online courses will take place as scheduled. Stay tuned for additional information.

10/27/2020

All LCC campus locations will be on a two-hour delay on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Online classes will continue as scheduled. Check back for potential updates as conditions may change.

10/26/2020

All LCC campuses will be closed due to inclement weather conditions today, Monday, Oct. 26. Online classes will be held as normal.

Luna students and employees, sign up for RAVE alerts and get notified of campus closings and schedule changes.
10/24/2020

Luna students and employees, sign up for RAVE alerts and get notified of campus closings and schedule changes.

NEW POSTINGS! Luna is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and our communities.
10/23/2020

NEW POSTINGS! Luna is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and our communities.

Luna students Angela Solano and Alyssa Grego demonstrate the proper technique for brushing teeth for a class of second-g...
10/21/2020

Luna students Angela Solano and Alyssa Grego demonstrate the proper technique for brushing teeth for a class of second-graders. Under the direction of instructor Chantel Rivera, they and their dental assisting classmates have been using the virtual setting to deliver informational presentations on dental health and hygiene to various elementary classes. For more information on the Luna dental assisting program, see luna.edu or call program administrator Gloria Pacheco, 505-454-2528.

If you haven't already done so, please note our new contact numbers announced earlier this semester for our Mora site (5...
10/20/2020

If you haven't already done so, please note our new contact numbers announced earlier this semester for our Mora site (505-587-2686) and Santa Rosa (505-587-2687) and Springer (505-587-3825) satellites. Luna Community College is proud to serve northeastern New Mexico!

If you haven't already done so, please note our new contact numbers announced earlier this semester for our Mora site (5...
10/17/2020

If you haven't already done so, please note our new contact numbers announced earlier this semester for our Mora site (505-587-2686) and Santa Rosa (505-587-2687) and Springer (505-587-3825) satellites. Luna Community College is proud to serve northeastern New Mexico!

Luna is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and our communities.
10/16/2020

Luna is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and our communities.

Testing dates for the Test of Essential Academic Skills -- required for admittance into the Luna nursing program -- are ...
10/15/2020

Testing dates for the Test of Essential Academic Skills -- required for admittance into the Luna nursing program -- are now available for scheduling!

LUNA HELPS CROP WALK CAUSELuna Community College softball players and coaches and several employees took part in a CROP ...
10/14/2020

LUNA HELPS CROP WALK CAUSE

Luna Community College softball players and coaches and several employees took part in a CROP Hunger Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The walk, which raises funds for humanitarian relief efforts, circled the Luna campus, a nearly 1-mile lap. Head coach Steve Wallace believes in having his team participate in community service projects.

To donate to the cause, you are welcome to make a check or money order to CWS/CROP and send to Patrick Rucker, CROP Treasurer, c/o First United Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 37, Las Vegas, NM, 87701. Alternately, you may donate online at crophungerwalk.org/lasvegasnm

LAST HOURS FOR CENSUSThe iCountNM Team has announced that the U.S. Census Bureau will stop all enumeration efforts at mi...
10/14/2020
Total Response Rates by State

LAST HOURS FOR CENSUS

The iCountNM Team has announced that the U.S. Census Bureau will stop all enumeration efforts at midnight on Thursday, Oct. 15. That leaves less than a day and a half -- as of this posting -- to fill out the 2020 Census Questionnaire.

The U.S. Census Bureau has asked the college to remind both students and employees that the 2020 Census Questionnaire may be filled out on the link below.

The census is a simple 10-question form.

https://2020census.gov/en.html



Who Should Be Counted and Where?

You should be counted where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020. If you are responding for your home, count everyone who lives and sleeps there most of the time as of April 1, 2020. This includes young children, foster children, roommates, and any family members or friends who are living with you.

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By law, the U.S. Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics. Please be assured that your responses are safe and secure. The 2020 Census results will help in directing billions of dollars in federal funds to communities for schools, roads, and other public services. Results from the 2020 Census will also help to determine the number of seats that each state has in Congress.

For questions about responding to the 2020 Census, call 844-330-2020 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mountain time.

As of Oct. 12, New Mexico’s self-response rate was 58.5%, with 41.4% enumerated via non-response follow up. With these numbers combined, New Mexico is enumerated at a 99.9% clip.

Source: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates/nrfu.html

Check out how many households in your state have been counted by census takers, as well as total response rates from across the country.

If you haven't already done so, please note our new contact numbers announced earlier this semester for our Mora site (5...
10/14/2020

If you haven't already done so, please note our new contact numbers announced earlier this semester for our Mora site (505-587-2686) and Santa Rosa (505-587-2687) and Springer (505-587-3825) satellites. Luna Community College is proud to serve northeastern New Mexico!

Join us online Nov. 11 as we honor our veterans.
10/13/2020

Join us online Nov. 11 as we honor our veterans.

EL VALLE CENTER OFFERS CLOTHING FOR STUDENTSThe El Valle Community Center Tiendita is offering a free lightly used coat ...
10/13/2020
Las Vegas to 11 Los Pueblos Rd

EL VALLE CENTER OFFERS CLOTHING FOR STUDENTS

The El Valle Community Center Tiendita is offering a free lightly used coat and bag of clothes to any LCC student with a current ID.

The Center is generally open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 10 to 3, but times may vary due to the surge in Coronavirus cases. It is best to call or e-mail before coming to make sure someone is there to meet you. You can reach us at 505-660-3434 or at [email protected]

The Center follows COVID-safe practices. All visitors must wear masks at all times while in the building and practice social distancing. We will limit the number of visitors to three at a time inside the Tiendita.

Here are directions to the Community Center from Las Vegas.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Las+Vegas,+New+Mexico+87701/11+Los+Pueblos+Road,+Villanueva,+NM/@35.4315031,-105.4704697,11z/am=t/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x871914cb92549207:0x88231b7ed064dccc!2m2!1d-105.2227978!2d35.5942137!1m5!1m1!1s0x871941d2d74c99d3:0x48bdb4502e3a94e9!2m2!1d-105.3592907!2d35.2664847

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Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day from Luna Community College.
10/12/2020

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day from Luna Community College.

Luna students, the ACE team is here to help you excel in all your classes. E-mail our friendly tutors for more informati...
10/10/2020

Luna students, the ACE team is here to help you excel in all your classes. E-mail our friendly tutors for more information.

NEW POSTINGS -- UPDATED! Luna Community College is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and commu...
10/09/2020

NEW POSTINGS -- UPDATED! Luna Community College is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and communities.

NEW POSTINGS! Luna Community College is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and communities.
10/09/2020

NEW POSTINGS! Luna Community College is looking for a few good people to help us serve our students and communities.

Eight-week classes start next week! Register for one or more today! Deadline to register is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.
10/09/2020

Eight-week classes start next week! Register for one or more today! Deadline to register is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

JUST ADDED: CDL Theory, Oct. 12 to Nov. 11, part of Luna's short-term course offerings this fall.
10/08/2020

JUST ADDED: CDL Theory, Oct. 12 to Nov. 11, part of Luna's short-term course offerings this fall.

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