$1.3M Approved for Diné College Agricultural Multi-purpose Center in Shiprock
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 17, 2020
SHIPROCK, N.M. — Voters approved $156 million Nov. 3 for safety and infrastructure improvements at New Mexico’s 33 public colleges, universities, and special schools via General Obligation Bond C for higher education.
The measure includes a $1.3 million stipulation for the planning, designing, construction, renovation and equipping of an Agricultural Multi-purpose Center at Diné College’s Shiprock campus. One of the things that the facility will accommodate is a math and science component.
Overall, sixty-five percent of voters approved the measure, which is set to create about 1,500 new jobs in construction, architecture and related fields in 23 cities and 21 counties across New Mexico. The funding allows colleges, universities and schools to repair and renovate facilities, improve safety and update technology.
“The passage of Bond C by an overwhelming majority of voters speaks to the importance of our colleges and universities to communities across the state,” Acting New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez said. “I thank voters, the GO Bond C campaign committee, and our higher education leaders and partners for ensuring that student safety and success remains at the forefront in New Mexico.”
The New Mexico Higher Education Department oversees and approves capital projects and construction at the state’s public colleges and universities, and recommends the projects to be funded via GO Bond. The recommendations follow an extensive review process led by the agency to evaluate and prioritize projects by highest area of need and quality of the proposal. The projects address critical health and safety issues, ensure campuses are American with Disabilities Act and code compliant, and preserve aging campus facilities statewide, while others provide the necessary equipment and facilities to support instruction, research and workforce training.