Vote yes for mil levy

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I write in support of the passage of the University of New Mexico Los Alamos operational mil increase that will be put to the voters by mail-in ballot this September. As the voters of Los Alamos are aware, this mil levy is needed to support and sustain current and future program operations and services encompassed in its the mission-preparation for transfer, pathways for careers and passion for lifelong learning, the goals and objectives of UNM-Los Alamos Strategic Plan and the education and training needs of local employers in our community.
The opportunities at UNM-LA include programs in applied technologies, robotics, fire science, high school dual-credit, emergency medical services, pre-engineering, and continuing education. As a community, Los Alamos is committed to making its K-20 education continuum a showcase of excellence. The dedicated effort of the UNM-LA faculty and staff reflected in a graduation rate over 62 percent; a retention rate over 82 percent and over 92 percent of graduates placed in jobs or continuing their education demonstrates that UNM-LA has established a level of excellence and a capacity to achieve higher levels in the future.
I encourage the electorate of Los Alamos to visit ourcommunityourcollege.com website to become more informed about this important issue including the justification and support it has across a broad spectrum of our community. As an educator, parent, homeowner and believer in the critical role higher education plays in our future, I plan to vote yes for this mil and encourage our community to vote for its passage.
A yes vote by the members of our community will mean these and other important programs and services and results will be sustained well into the future — a future that demands the presence of a high quality post-secondary education institution in Los Alamos that is so essential to the quality of life we have come to appreciate and expect.
Stephanie Garcia Richard
State Representative,
District 43
Los Alamos