Luna wins Piñon award

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By Jesse Gallegos
Las Vegas Optic

Luna Community College was one of five entities and the only institution of higher learning to receive a Piñon Performance Excellent Award at the 2013 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit and New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Ceremony late last month in Albuquerque.

Quality New Mexico is a non-profit organization that engages in activities that seek to educate New Mexicans about quality and encourage and reward quality in business, education and other sectors.

Since 1994 the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Program has recognized businesses and organizations on their “Path to Performance Excellence.” The ‘Path’ is a formal improvement journey for any sector organization. The program provides New Mexico with three levels of organizational assessment, written feedback with strengths and opportunities for continued improvement, and public recognition.

By earning the Piñon Award, Luna Community College demonstrated that it is in the beginning stages of identifying and using systematic processes and collecting data to reflect early results in areas of most importance. In addition, Luna Community College has described its approaches for and deployment of its key operational processes. It has also identified its evaluation and improvement activities or processes and has shown coordination among organizational units.

“I’m very proud of the staff and administration for launching this journey,” said LCC Board of Trustees Chairman Abelino Montoya Jr. “Receiving this award after the stringent process is very important for the college. This is the first step in aligning ourselves with the needs of the community with the education we afford our customers. This will be a continued growth process with an opportunity for staff, administration and those that we serve to earn the Roadrunner, Zia and the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. The board of trustees is committed to supporting the administration for these goals to become a reality.”