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The recent article questioning whether Los Alamos needs a UNM branch showed a surprising lack of knowledge about the town, laboratory, education, technology and technology transfer.
As for NMCC, we have been there. Please, not again. The state tried to close the UNM branch and force students to NMCC years ago. The citizens of Los Alamos rebelled. NMCC was described by terms such as, “barber college,” and, although unfair, it was clear that NMCC does not provide the type, or quality, of education the citizens demand. For an intellectual community, where 17 percent of the population over 25 has a Ph.D. and an income level which makes it the fifth richest county in the entire country, a small university branch seems little to ask.
Also, the lab’s main product is knowledge. It is not a device production facility, except for a few demonstration, or prototype, devices. The citizens want, and need, a university environment, which teaches, and distributes that knowledge, and teaches the capabilities for developing more of it in the future, not a school that teaches current trades and business practices.
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