by Sherry Goodyear
SPRINGER — Luna Community College (LCC) held Trades/Career Day in their auditorium at the LCC branch in Springer on Thursday, November 30 afternoon starting at 1 pm. Students, counselor, teachers, administrators and business people from Maxwell, Springer, and Wagon Mound attended. Representatives from LCC’s main campus in Las Vegas as well as the Springer satellite were available to show what they have to offer.
Among the items of interest were a welding simulator and a heavy machinery simulator that students could try. The cosmetology department gave free paraffin wax hand treatments to anyone who wanted one, and Jesse Gallegos, Luna’s public relations’ specialist, broadcast the event live over Las Vegas’s KNMX 540 AM radio station interviewing a variety of people in attendance. Students from the area were able to talk to representatives from the business, humanities, cosmetology, welding, woodworking, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) departments among others.
While Luna itself has been experiencing some turmoil based on the Show-Cause status the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) put them on November 8, the mood was positive though perhaps tentative. Interim President Ricky Serna, the inheritor of the problems plaguing Luna having just taken on the position in July after the previous president, Leroy (Huero) Sanchez retired in June, was in attendance and started things off with a motivational talk to the students about the opportunities available at LCC. Serna is leading Luna in the attempt to prove to the HLC that Luna deserves to keep its accreditation – something it could lose if sufficient evidence to prove that the school is taking the necessary steps to make the changes the HLC outlined in its report is not generated by February.
Trades/Career day was the brainchild of Tina Gallegos, the Coordinator of the Springer Satellite; David Gutierrez, Luna Board member; and Trade’s Director, Rick Baca. Overall, the event was generally well-received and attended. Supporters of Luna hope that this event is an indication of the positive change President Serna and his dedicated staff are trying to implement at the college.
For those wishing to learn more about the Higher Learning Commission and its report on Luna, that information can be found at the bottom of Luna’s main page of their website at luna.edu.