LETTER: Seeking support for PT schedule

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By The Staff

A few of my classmates and friends would love to go into cosmetology. Luna Community College has a lot to offer for students willing to learn. But, they are unable to fulfill their dreams because of the hours the classes are taking place.

A student must be there from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with few breaks in between lessons. The program is not broken down into classes and students cannot attend this program part time.

Most young people who want to attend school must work in order to pay for classes. How can you work and go to class if class takes up most of the day? That would mean an average student in the program would be in school from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. then find a job that they can work at least six hours a day, which would be 5 to 11 p.m. That would give the student only seven hours to rest, do homework, take care of the family, and many other things, which wouldn’t give the student any time to rest, thus forcing the student to change majors and drop out of cosmetology.

Not all of the students are brand new freshman fresh from high school; some are older men and older women with families and duties of the household. So, my reason for this letter is to ask that the community, old and young, please let me know and together we can help present this idea to the dean, Vidal Martinez, and show him that a part-time program will bring more students that chose to go to class for mornings or evenings without having to forget about their families.

I am willing to accept e-mails from you, a future potential student, telling me that you support this idea. I am currently doing research on other schools in New Mexico and the U.S. so that our voice is backed up with the proper research that this can be done. All I need are a few letters that I can submit along with the paper work, agreeing with me and willing to attend school part time in order to fulfill your dreams of becoming a stylist, a nail technician, specializing in skin, barbering and much more.

Please submit your letters to jaylynn_montoya@live.com I created a special e-mail for letters only. Help me help you, and together we can make this a better school and happier community.

Jay L. Montoya

Las Vegas