- Associated Press - Sunday, April 27, 2014

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - The Board of Regents of Northern New Mexico College has approved a $32 million budget that comes at the expense of several jobs, programs and a campus day care center.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1nTmEVp) that the vote by regents Saturday in Espanola drew immediate criticism.

Officials say the elimination of three educational programs and several faculty and staff positions will save $500,000 for an already financially-strapped school.

Board President Rosario “Chayo” Garcia is also calling for a freeze on hiring and travel expenses.

The college serves more than 1,500 full-time and part-time students.

The positions being cut include seven faculty jobs, two part-time staff jobs and three that are already vacant.

Most of the cuts are in the automotive, construction and radiology programs.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com