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UNM and CNM Announce Building Collaboration in Rio Rancho

July 17, 2013 -- The University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College have agreed to collaborate on the design and construction of their next facility in Rio Rancho, Presidents Robert G. Frank and Kathie Winograd announced today. The building will be sited at a location to be determined on the adjacent campuses of UNM West and CNM Rio Rancho, and focus on the academic needs of the STEHM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, healthcare, and mathematics.

“We have been discussing a partnership on our next building on and off for the past three years,” said Winograd.  “CNM is excited that our continued partnership with UNM allows us to address our space needs and grow our offerings to include career technical education aligned with workforce and job growth needs.”

The first step in the design process will be a “visioning charrette,” a joint planning exercise to be hosted by the two institutions.  “Collaborating on a building will require a whole new level of institutional cooperation,” noted Frank.  “We need to be sure we do it in a way that serves the interests of all our students, faculties, governing boards, and especially the community.”

Paul Roth, chancellor of UNM’s Health Sciences Center, noted that the project was especially timely from HSC’s perspective.  “Expanding capacity in these areas is crucial to everything we’re trying to do in healthcare education generally, and at the Sandoval Regional Medical Center in particular.”

“Meeting the workforce needs for the Rio Rancho community and collaborating to provide a well-educated, highly skilled workforce to support the community’s economic growth is important to both UNM and CNM” concluded Winograd.

The charrette will include sessions devoted to public input.  The first is anticipated sometime in early August, with dates and locations to be established in concert with Rio Rancho business and civic leaders.