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Administration explores solutions to faculty paycheck mix-ups By Jyllian Roach Editor-in-Chief

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The Main campus cafeteria offers sandwich wraps, pizza, baked goods and hamburgers, but few healthy or locally grown food options.

Healthy options may be coming soon to campus cafeterias food for Main, Montoya Investigative Reporter and Westside campuses will be ready to switch Sodexo, the company to more locally grown that prepares and serves foods if it is requested by the administration, said Sodexo Campus Services General Manager Greg Fullmer. Fullmer’s comments came after the New Mexico Grown Fresh Produce for Meals Bill, HB338 passed the committee and moved to the Finance and PHOTO BY DANIEL JOHNSON Appropriations committee. Sodexo Campus Services General Manager Greg Fullmer The bill would mandate By Daniel Johnson

that funding be provided for New Mexico K-12 public and charter schools for the purchase of local fruits and vegetables for school meals beginning in 2014, according to the New Mexico legislature website. Administration members of CNM control pricing and food choices in the cafeterias, so if they request a change in menu, Sodexo will make the changes, he said. “If the school requested us to go all organic or local

we would try our hardest to provide that type of menu to the students, but the cost associated to that change would be put back on the school,” he said. Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore said that if the bill were to pass, CNM would discuss whether to make the change to local and healthier meal options, but that there would be no decision made until the bill passed. see FOOD on page

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Film tax increase bill offers hope to students, industry By Rene Thompson Staff Reporter

New legislation to the Film Bill could raise the Tax Incentive cap for the filming industry, and film students as well as local members of the film industry could be affected by these changes for the better. The “Breaking Bad bill” would raise the tax incentive for television shows

filmed in New Mexico that hire New Mexico residents for 60 percent of their crew from 25 percent to 30 percent as an offset to the $50 million cap that was placed on the incentive in 2011. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives and is moving onto the Senate, according to the New Mexico Legislature website. Full-time Film

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Instructor and Local 480 Film Technician Union member Jim Graebner said raising the bill is crucial because it means there will be more opportunities for television shows to be filmed in New Mexico. “We will have a better opportunity of getting TV pilots shot here that will end up on air, such as ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘In Plain Sight.’ We can be more

competitive with other states, such as Louisiana, Georgia, and New York that have already raised their film tax incentives,” he said. As other states raise their film tax incentives, the bill could put New Mexico back into the television business and will help people to stay employed, he said. see

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Instructors were recently asked by the Marketing and Communications Department to take a survey regarding past payroll difficulties in an attempt to streamline the payroll process. The online survey was available to part and full time instructors from Feb. 11 to Feb. 22 as a way for instructors to give their opinions and ideas on how to better handle faculty payroll, said Director of Marketing and Communications Brad Moore. Faculty members’ pay can be tricky because of added or dropped classes, special projects and added assignments, which have caused errors on some paychecks, he said. “The project team is looking into the payroll process for possible areas for improvement to make sure all paychecks are accurate the first time to avoid having to make adjustments on the next paycheck,” said Moore. Part-time Reading Instructor Joseph Combs said he was happy to take the survey since instructor pay can be complex. “It’s especially complicated when you’re teaching classes that aren’t full term. It gets even more difficult since we have a one month delay in payment and classes don’t begin or end within one pay period,” he said. While Combs said he has not noticed any errors on his paycheck, it is common to hear about instructors who have had trouble. Combs hopes that any new process would include specific explanations, rather than just abbreviated codes, for each deduction on his check, he said. “Frankly, I may have had errors in my paycheck and never knew about them,” said Combs. Full-time Sociology Instructor Patricia Seitz said that she did not take the survey because the language in the email made her feel unsure about her privacy. The email promises both confidential and anonymous reporting, two things that see

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To submit items for Campus Bulletin, please email news item with a maximum of 150 words to jonathan.chronicle@gmail.com or call 224-4755. Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Upsilon Chi Calendar AYX will be holding a meetings and events throughout the term. Events will be held in portable building ST-12A, in the portables east of Ken Chappy hall and south of the Student Resource Center on Main campus. • March 8 – Meeting, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. • March 22 – Campus Clean-up, meet at ST-12A, 1:30 p.m. – sunset. • March 27 - Free pizza lunch social, Main campus Cafeteria, 1 – 4 p.m. • March 29 – Meeting, 1:30 – 4 p.m. • April 16-18 Book Exchange, outside Main campus Cafeteria, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • April 20 – New member induction ceremony, Smith Brasher Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Allocation Board Accepting Membership Applications The Student Allocation Board is now accepting member applications. Allocation Board meets monthly to distribute money among student organizations for events, activities, travel and equipment. Members must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be enrolled for at least three credit hours and have completed six credit hours at CNM. For more information contact James Roach at jroach8@cnm.edu.

CNM Theatre Dept. Presents Sketchy 2: Fast, Funny, Free! Come enjoy an evening of very short sketch comedy written by CNM students and local comedy writers. Twelve talented CNM students have been working very hard to bring you many different roles. In one evening you can watch Bruce Lee and Buddha do the “horsey dance” with Psy, and hang out with Jimi Hendrix, Mother Teresa and Sigmund Freud at a book club as they debate Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tell-all memoir. You name it, we make fun of it. With love, of course. Sketchy 2 will be performed in Studio 17, a portable building behind east of Ken Chappy Hall and south of the Student Resource Center. The short comedy show will run March 1-3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. All shows are free, and seating is first come, first served. Free parking right next to Studio 17 is available. The show will last about one hour. For contact Information call Joe Damour at 505-8319131 or email jdamour@ cnm.edu.

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Whether you need a job now or want to prepare for employment after graduation, you can attend Job Connection Services’ Employability Workshops. Offered on alternating weeks during the Spring Semester, these workshops provide CNM students and graduates with quality instruction in résumé writing and interview strategies. Bring your questions, and let our staff help you prepare for the job search process. For workshop locations and schedules, go to cnm.edu/jobworkshops.

CNM’s Conservative Action Group is moving to bring programs of enlightenment to CNM campuses, such as speakers on the US Constitution and the free market. Our next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 28, from 7:00 to 8:30, in MS 210 (on the Main campus) and pizza is provided. Come help us plan a student debate on gun control at CNM. For more information, call Dan at 304-0244.

The Emergency Winter Shelter program will run now thru March 15. The program accepts families with children aged 10 and under. Emergency pick up points are located at:

Law Access New Mexico Offers Free Individual Consultations Low income CNM students who have legal issues or questions have free civil legal service available to them. CNM has contracted with Law Access New Mexico for the provision of legal services to CNM students who fall within 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Students may call Law Access directly – 998-4529 and identify themselves as CNM students; or Students may contact a Connect Achievement Coach to sign up for on-campus individual consultations. Law Access Attorney Sandi Gilley comes to each campus twice a month to meet with students. For more information about this free program, contact Law Access, NM directly at 9984529 or speak to Connect Achievement Coach Chioma Heim at 224-4080.

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Join CNM’s exclusive job club, Tuesday at Two. Membership is open to CNM students and graduates. Hosted by Job Connection Services, Tuesday at Two provides weekly topics for discussion, opportunities to network with other job seekers and professional advisement from employment specialists. For further information, visit http://www.cnm.edu/depts/ advisement/job-connection/ employment-workshops . The club meets on Main Campus, Student Services Building, Room 207 on Tuesdays, at two, of course.

Student Film Club Looking for New Members

DAT, a student film group, is looking for new members. The group creates student-led films. Students interested in making films are welcome. Students do not have to be in the film program to participate. Email Madison Coss at 11mcoss@gmail.com for more information.

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Students should not have to wait for legislative vote for healthy food options Editorial By the cnm chronicle Editorial Board

Administration should begin offering healthy food options in the cafeteria now, rather than waiting to consider the idea after the health food bill for K-12 students passes. In “Healthy options may be coming soon to campus cafeterias” on the front page, Marketing and Communications Director Brad Moore was quoted as saying that CNM would discuss the possibility of healthier foods in the cafeteria only after the bill passed for public and charter schools. This is, at best, an irresponsible idea. The cafeterias on Main, Montoya and Westside campuses offer no meals that are healthy and substantial in size. Health food options seem to be relegated to snack-sized proportions, but with unreasonable prices. A 12-ounce vegetable cup is $1.99, a 12-ounce fruit cup is $2.99 and three hardboiled eggs can be purchased for $1.49. These prices do not compare well with $3.39 for a hamburger, $2.39 for a large slice of pizza or $3.99 for a sandwich wrap. Students dining on healthier fare will either pay much more or eat far less than a student eating less nutritious options. This is not to say that pizzas or burgers should not be offered, but on a student’s budget, the prices and options available in the cafeterias almost guarantee that students will purchase the unhealthy choices most of the time. The cafeterias on campus would do well to preempt the food bill in the legislature and act now to promote healthy lifestyles for students by offering comparably priced – and sized – healthy meals.

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Sun Cat Chit-Chat By Daniel Johnson

investigative Reporter

What three things would you want to have if stranded on a deserted island?

Gladys Monroy, Biology “My whole family, food and clothes so we are not running around butt naked.”

Alex Cordova, Physics “Copper wire, a really big magnet and a knife. The magnet and copper wire will allow me to make electricity so I can start my own civilization.”

Adam Dyba, Engineering “Beer, a good book and a weapon of some sort for hunting.”

Jocelyn Hernandez, Business “Food, books to read and my family to keep me company.”


F IVE YEARS GONE: By Jyllian Roach Editor-in-Chief

PHOTO BY JONATHAN GAMBOA

Former Tribune Assistant City Editor and Crime Reporter and Part-time Commuincations and Journalism instructor at CNM Maggie Shepard teaches journalism to pass on her skills nurtured at the Tribune to students.

PHOTO BY JONATHAN GAMBOA PHOTO BY JONATHAN GAMBOA

Copies of the final issues of the Tribune are spread across a table a the fifth annual Death-aversary.

Former Albuquerque Tribune Director of Photography and UNM Daily Lobo adviser Mark Holm shows off his Albuquerque Tribune t-shirt.

PHOTO BY MARK HOLM | © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

A meeting of the copy desk employees at The Albuquerque Tribune, just two days before parent company E.W. Scripps announced that the paper would be put up for sale. In February 2008 the newspaper ceased operation when no buyer was found.

The city may have lost a great newspaper when the Albuquerque Tribune closed its doors five years ago, but students at CNM and UNM have benefitted from the closure, as several former Tribune employees made the switch from journalist to teacher. The Pulitzer prize-winning daily paper closed five years ago, on Feb. 23, 2008, after circulation dipped from 50,000 at its peak to 9,000 at its final publication, said former Tribune Editorial Page Editor and Part-time English and Journalism instructor Jack Ehn, who is also the adviser for The CNM Chronicle. “It was a very congenial newsroom. There weren’t a lot of walls up between people. We like each other, we enjoyed each other’s company,” he said. Ehn began teaching journalism at UNM in the mid 1990’s and was offered a teaching post at CNM in 2002, he said. “I thought it was cool,” said Ehn. “I liked the idea of teaching.” When the Tribune closed, CNM gave Ehn a full load of classes in English and journalism, and has done so every term since, he said. Ehn teaches journalism because the skills and techniques are important to learn for any career path, he said. He said that he does not believe that journalism is dead, but that it is in a state of flux. “This is the generation that is going to come up with the solution. Things are totally chaotic now, but things are going to smooth out,” he said. Former Tribune Copy Chief and Features Writer and former UNM journalism instructor James Montalbano said the Tribune was a unique work environment because it was such a small paper. “We could care. We could do in-depth things,” he said. “The main thing though; it was staffed by really cool people.”

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The Albuquerque Tribune may have closed, but for its former staff and journalism students, it is by no means forgotten

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newspaper that was lively and easy to navigate for the readers,” he said. Even though the landscape of journalism has changed dramatically with the advent of the internet, Holm said he believes teaching journalism is still important because embracing the First Amendment is very important to having an informed society. “Aspiring journalists are exactly, I think, the people who need to find the inspiration and creativity to continue to tradition of journalism,” he said. Former Tribune Assistant City Editor and Crime Reporter and Parttime Communications and Journalism instructor at CNM Maggie Shepard said that working for the Tribune had been tough work with 12 hour days and tight deadlines, but that it was also very fun. She said she teaches now because she feels that it is important to pass on the skills and knowledge she learned. Journalism is a human need that is changing, but it is a survival instinct for people, she said. “I have this set of skills that were really nurtured at the Tribune and if I can pass them on to somebody else who can use them in this new world of journalism, I should do that,” she said. She said that Deathaversaries are an annual event because the staff of the Tribune was not ready for it to be over when it closed. “It’s like breaking up with someone you are still really in love with; you don’t want to not see each other, so we still see each other,” said Shepard. She considers herself to have a journalist’s heart and mind, so journalism has become part of her self-image, but that not being a part of a daily paper does make her sad sometimes, she said. “Teaching the journalism class makes me sad sometimes, because I can do it every day. But I think once you’re a journalist, you’re always one,” she said.

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Former Tribune Copy Chief and Features Writer and former UNM Journalism instructor James Montalbano created the Daily Lobo Journalism Boot Camp to connect students with professional journalists from various media outlets in the city.

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Former Tribune Editorial Page Editor and Part-time English and Journalism instructor Jack Ehn said the current generation of students and young proffesionals will come up with the solution to the changing mediums for journalism.

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Former Albuquerque Tribune employees hold annual Death-aversary parties to reminisce about the Tribune.

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Fomer Albuquerque Tribune reporter and Daily Lobo Adviser Kate Nash speaks on the phone following a staff meeting at which officials from the E.W. Scripps Company announced that the newspaper would be put up for sale.


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Organization opens assistance to homeless students By Daniel Johnson Investigative Reporter

The New Day Youth and Family Services organization is introducing a transitional living program for 17 to 21 year olds, said New Day Housing Continuum Director and Life Skills Academy Director Evone Zander. To join the transitional living program, students are required to fill out a confidential online application form at www.ndnm.org and attend the life skills academy for one month. While in the application process, students can elect to stay at the group’s shelter and will work with a specialist to determine if they are classifiable as homeless, she said. “Helping people while educating them to survive in the world

today is our main goal,” said Zander. Youth Empowerment and Transitional Living Specialist Randi Miller said the program can help anyone classified as homeless, including those staying in a shelter, those sleeping on a friend’s or family member’s couch, and, in some cases, those in an abusive or dangerous environment. “The program is open to all individuals that need it, including people who might just be couch surfing at a friend’s house, because a lot of people who are homeless do not consider themselves homeless,” she said. Zander said that those in the program are required to attend life skills classes, which range from safe sex to financial literacy.

While the program is free to those who qualify, there are enforced rules and guidelines. People not in the program cannot visit clients, and a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol is enforced, she said. “Clients must follow program guidelines and understand we are offering help, but not offering a spot to live a party lifestyle”, she said. Zander said there are six apartments currently in use that can house 15 people until the group’s new shelter is completed in September 2013. New Day Youth and Family Services also provide clinical practices, case management, youth crisis shelters and a detention diversion program for high school students, she said.

“We have a phenomenal team of people that work at our agency and this is a great opportunity to give support to people who are struggling and

need stability in their life to move forward, we want to make the positive possible with every individual we help,” said Zander. Miller said she knows

that some may find it hard or scary to ask for help, but that helping is what the organization was created to do.

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Trades program welcomes 2,000+ middle, high school students at open house By Shaya Rogers Features Reporter

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Main campus hosted more than 2,000 middle and high school students during a recent open house to promote the trades programs, said Hospitality and Tourism Instructor Dr. David Mack Jackson. Tours were held throughout different buildings on campus during the Feb. 22 event to educate students on the various programs through hands on, visual learning, he said. “The first goal is to increase awareness so the community knows what we do here. The second goal is to try to get them to come to CNM, so they’ll know the options that they have,” he said. The Marketing and Communications Office put together the event with the help of dozens of volunteers that included staff and students, he said. Giving young minds the opportunity to think about career choices is important to their

transition from high school to higher education, he said. “They’re getting excited because they want to get out of high school and start college and that’s what this is doing for them,” said Jackson. Since the students are the future of this community, planting the seed and expanding the knowledge of many different possible career routes gives more options for achievement, he said. “Like it or not, believe it or not, all these children are pretty much going to be running Albuquerque, these are the leaders of Albuquerque,” he said. Students were able to walk to the different buildings and see what interests them, he said. “Here in the TC building, we have some different ones, welding, carpentry, woodworking and the students who come here, they are actually going to see how we do that,” he said. Jackson said all of the trades are included,

from Culinary Arts to Health Care. Financial Aid Technician Victoria CTE Open House Martinez said the Financial Aid Office also attended the open house to answer any questions future students may have regarding enrollment, financial aid and scholarships. “We’re just preparing them so they don’t lose out on opportunities,” she said. Daniel Garcia, Academic Advisor with the Academic Advisement and Career Resource Center also attended to give information on how students can plan their education, he said. “We have a listing of the majors that are offered. We let students know that they would come to advisement for planning for those majors, course planning, what they need to do if they’re transferring, or if it’s an applied science degree that would just finish out here,” he said. Jackson said the large turnout gives him hope that this will become an annual event for CNM.


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Culinary Arts major Samantha Doornbos said the idea of switching to more local or organic food would give students more choices as to what they put into their bodies. “The food provided by Sodexo needs more variety because I want access to more than just burgers, pizza and sandwiches for lunch every day,” she said. Often food offered at large institutions like CNM is unhealthy because it is purchased

from large companies in bulk and later reheated for use, she said. Culinary Arts major Joshua Loveless said he would support switching to more locally grown foods with healthy and organic options. “The food that I have tried that was provided from Sodexo was crappy because it had little flavor, a lack of texture and tasted more like microwaved and readyto-eat food than fresh food,” he said. Fullmer said that

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many companies in the food industry are trying to purchase more local foods, but that it can make it difficult to provide variety to students, he said. One solution is to widen the area considered local to include nearby states, he said. “For example to receive the volume of produce needed to fill the demands of Sodexo we would have to order produce from Yuma Arizona,” said Fullmer. Doornbos said having

the nutritional value of the food provided might help change what a student chooses to eat when visiting the cafeteria. “It would be cool to have access to the information for what I am eating so I could change my eating habits and try to be healthier with the food I consume,” she said. Loveless said he has never seen any nutritional value for the food offered by Sodexo. “Maybe they should invest in putting the

information on a serving sheet on the tray; similar to the way McDonalds does it,” he said. Fullmer said the nutritional information is being updated on the Sodexo website to correspond with the food that is served at all locations nationwide and should be completed by the end of the spring 2013 term. Nutritional information is on hand and available on a facts card that can be requested from any Sodexo employee, he said.

The idea of posting the information in a visible area is something that Sodexo is also looking into, he said. “We want to be able accommodate the needs of all students, staff and faculty from providing a big plate of nachos to a side Greek salad and having the nutritional information on each dish served being available to the customer that has ordered it,” said Fullmer.

projects would in the long run,” said Graebner. President of DAT Film Club and Film Technician major Daniel

Shaw said any extra proThese incentives are motions to the film indus- the way to keep film certitry would help students fication programs successremain employed longer ful at CNM, he said. in their careers. According to CNM

Factbooks, more than 500 students have enrolled in the Film Tech program since 2006.

and the correction to their paycheck has taken significant time to fix,” said Seitz. According to an email sent to instructors, a third party vendor has already been contracted to make changes to the payroll system. Seitz said she is not sure why opinions

are being sought after changes seem to already be underway. “To my knowledge, the software has been purchased so I didn’t quite

Moore said this survey is just to get ideas regarding the changes to the payroll process and no changes will be implemented at this time.

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they shoot six to eight months out of the year “These shows are cru- and hire hundreds of cial to our economy and people for longer periods employment, because of time - more than movie

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cannot be done at the same time, she said. “They’re promising both confidentiality and anonymity and you can’t promise both – so I decided not to take it. I made the decision not to take the survey,” said Seitz .

Seitz said she has not had any trouble on her paycheck, but has known other instructors who have. Those instructors were left waiting a long time before the error was corrected, she said. “Errors have been caught early by faculty

understand why they were doing a survey. Then again, I didn’t see the survey so I didn’t know what the questions were,” she said.

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STUDENT LIFE

8 | The CNM Chronicle

February 26, 2013

Where are they now?

Cosmetology grad blows out the competition By Shaya Rogers Features Reporter

Cosmetology graduate Molly Erickson is the proud owner of Brilliant Hair Studio, she said. The full service salon was formed in 2010 by Erickson and her business partner Kerry Dickson, but it never would have happened were it not for the education she received at CNM, said Erickson. “I probably would have never opened a salon had I never gone there. I wouldn’t know where to start and I know I wouldn’t be a third of the hairstylist I am if I hadn’t gone to CNM,” she said. The Cosmetology program focuses on several aspects of the beauty industry, and gave her a well-rounded education that has impressed veteran stylists, she said. During her first week as a licensed stylist, Erickson said another stylist, who had been

working in the field for 25 years, asked her about her technique. “When you have someone who has been doing hair for decades ask you, ‘How did you do that?’ and you just got out of school, it’s like ‘Wow, I got a really good education,’” she said. The compliment from the other stylist is what gave Erickson the confidence to move forward in her career, she said. In the last decade, the beauty industry has been widely recognized as an exciting and worthwhile career choice, she said. “I do think it’s a serious career choice and there’s a lot of good money to be made in this industry and there’s good people,” she said. The creative aspect of being a stylist is important to her, and since she is a hands-on person, the salon is the perfect environment, she said. “It’s really good for me to have an outlet where I

get to, not only be around people and connect with people, but it’s also a professional environment and it’s my job, which is super cool because I get to come here and play beauty shop all day,” she said. Many women in her family have been business owners and she does not know where she would be working if she was not running her own salon, she said. “The women in my family have a long legacy of sort of cutting out their own little corner of the world and I’m really glad that I met Kerry and we were able to carve out this little niche for ourselves and the people that rent here,” she said. Despite the economic troubles in the country, Erickson has not seen a negative effect on her business, for which she feels very grateful, she said. “This is the first time in my adult life that I’ve ever lived through an economic

collapse so I hope it never happens again, but it’s nice to know that if it does, my job is relatively secure,” she said. The beauty industry seems to be somewhat recession proof for businesses with well-trained employees that care about what they do, she said. “If you have a wellrounded skill set, like the one that CNM offers, and you’re good at what you do because you’ve had a good education, people really take note of that,” she said. As for students going through the cosmetology program, Erickson said she knows it may be tough and that is requires a lot of time and energy, but in the end it is worth it. “Eventually, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, stick with it. You won’t be sorry; it’s the best cosmetology program in the state and you are lucky to be there,” she said. PHOTO BY SHAYA ROGERS

Molly Erickson attributes her success to CNM.

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