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  • Highlands develops technology for NASA

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University developed new hydrazine abatement technology that could dramatically change the way NASA cleanses decommissioned spacecraft like the space shuttle Discovery, which flew its last mission in March.

    NASA is conducting the final tests required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to permit the space agency to safely dispose of treated hydrazine down the drain when using Highlands’ technology.

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  • LCC launches new website

    Calling it “accessible, engaging and user friendly,” Luna Community College has launched a new website.

    The last time LCC had done this was about three years ago.

    “It’s easier to find what you are looking for,” says LCC website developer Adam Caldwell. “We’re constantly improving it with multimedia including photo galleries, videos and live updates.

  • Gov. Martinez signs education bills

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday signed into law legislation aimed at increasing transparency among New Mexico’s public school districts and strengthening oversight of charter schools.

    Among the four bills signed by the governor during a ceremony at Albuquerque’s Sandia High School was a measure that requires financial information about school districts and charter schools to be posted on a government website known as the “sunshine portal.”

  • Students, employees attending competition

    Taking its largest group ever, 28 Luna Community College students and staff members will be taking their talents to the state Skills USA competition from Thursday, April 7 to Saturday, April 9 in Albuquerque.

    “I predict that Luna Community College will have at least three state champions,” said LCC collision repair instructor Anthony Baca. “We have a good caliber of students.”
    Earlier this year, Baca was elected to the board of directors for SkillsUSA.

  • HU soprano sings in opera

    By Margaret McKinney
    New Mexico Highlands

    New Mexico Highlands University soprano Nicole Robinson was part of a cast that received standing ovations in February for Santa Fe and Albuquerque performances of the 1964 Benjamin Britten opera Curlew River.

    Britten called Curlew River a “parable for church performance,” and both productions were staged in First Presbyterian Churches.

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  • LCC announces VP’s honor roll

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    Luna Community College has  announced its Fall 2010 Vice President’s Honor Roll.  
    Inclusion on the Vice President’s Honor Roll requires students to successfully complete, without incomplete grades included, a minimum of 12 graded credit hours with at least a 3.66 GPA.  Graded credit hours do not include S/U graded courses, audits or credit by exam.  

  • Above and Beyond: Building Luna's auto collision program

    Anthony Baca takes great satisfaction and pride in teaching his students how to turn beat-up old clunkers into prized cars — some good enough to enter classic car shows locally and statewide.

    Since Baca started the first auto collision repair class at Luna Community College in 2000, his students have won five state championships and four students have competed at the national level.