About Luna Community College
Luna Community College (LCC) is the only community college in northeastern New Mexico. LCC is located in the lower slopes of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range overlooking the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico. LCC enjoys an outstanding reputation for its caliber of facilities, teaching methods, curricula, and dedication to excellence.
LCC has satellite centers in northeastern New Mexico towns of Santa Rosa and Springer. In addition, the college also has a site in Mora. These satellites, in addition to the main campus, serve participants of the Springer Municipal Schools, Maxwell Municipal Schools, and Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools, which are within Colfax and Guadalupe counties. LCC also has a presence in Pecos and Wagon Mound schools.
All campuses are administered and supervised by LCC and governed by an elected Board of Trustees from the service area. Programs may be offered in any community of the service area where need is demonstrated.
The college derives its name from Maximiliano Luna, who was Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Territory of New Mexico in 1899. Luna was also a Captain of the Rough Riders, U.S. Voluntary Cavalry, and a First Lieutenant of the 34th U.S. Volunteer Infantry. Many of the Rough Riders, a mounted cavalry unit that fought in Cuba during the Spanish American War, were recruited in Las Vegas. In 1929, the popular training site for the New Mexico National Guard on the outskirts of Las Vegas was renamed Camp Luna after the leader who died in the Philippines in 1899.
In 1967 an Act of the Legislature of the State of New Mexico authorized the establishment of a vocational training facility at Las Vegas, New Mexico. When LCC was founded in 1969, the new board of trustees honored Captain Maximiliano Luna by naming the school, Luna Area Vocational Technical School.
In 1970, the first 5-mill levy election to fund LCC, which at the time was called Luna Vocational Technical Institute (LVTI), was held and overwhelmingly approved by the citizenry to voluntarily tax themselves in support of vocational-technical education. This provided an occupational training opportunity for the people of the following school districts: West Las Vegas Municipal Schools, Las Vegas City Schools, Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools, and Mora Independent Schools. These school districts lie within San Miguel, Guadalupe, and Mora Counties. Later, the Springer Municipal Schools, Maxwell Municipal Schools and most recently, Wagon Mound Public Schools joined the mill levy. Since its inception, the college has continued to grow and develop its ability to meet the occupational needs throughout northeastern New Mexico.
Luna Memorial - In June 1987, a final tribute was paid to Captain Maximiliano Luna on the LCC campus. A memorial stone monument to Luna was rededicated and now stands in front of the Technologies Building. It faces the school campus and former training grounds of the New Mexico National Guard and World War II recruits. The monument remains a lone sentinel and witness to the progress and many developments that continue to unfold at LCC.
On December 18, 2000, the Board of Directors approved the adoption of the current name, Luna Community College, to signify that the college was a comprehensive community college. LCC continues to offer a broad range of vocational, technical, and professional education programs.
"Creating Opportunities for You!"
Vision Statement "New Mexico's Premier Community College: Preparing Students for Success""
- Provide accessible, affordable and quality education designed to optimize opportunities for student participation
- Prepare students through dual credit and concurrent enrollment and facilitate their aspirations by early admissions with the ultimate goal of earning meaningful employment
- Provide students with greater insight into their strengths, needs, aspirations, and foster a greater appreciation and understanding of their cultural background and experiences
- Promote general education CORE curriculum to ensure that our graduates possess adequate literacy and general knowledge to function in employment, to pursue additional education, and to participate in the cultural and political life of the community and society
- Promote collegiality, respect and dignity among staff and students
- Prepare students for employment through a broad range of vocational, technical, and professional education programs
- Enhance job effectiveness through promotion of critical thinking skills, continued training, advancement in technology, distance learning, and maintain relevant skills needed in the job market
- Promote transfer of credits between institutions of higher education
Luna Community College is accredited to grant certificates, associate of applied science, associate of arts, and associate of science degrees by the:
Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504;
LCC's Self Study report was submitted to the Higher Learning Commission on Friday, August 15th, 2014. That report is available for review below in PDF format.
Message from Luna Community College President Pete Campos.Read...
Down to the home stretch: “Luna a great place to work”
Preparing for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools site visit has been a good experience for all of us! The most enjoyment I’ve experienced has been to meet with our Luna Family members, review empirical data, have meaningful conversations, exchange questions and responses, and getting to know each other better. A person could write a book just on the dynamics of preparing for this very important visit. It’s like unpacking after moving into a new home: you sit there and reminisce as you go through each box, have fond memories come to light when you review old report notebooks that depict how much you’ve learned over the years, and relive special moments and important accomplishments that you may have completely forgotten.
What a wonderful and exciting time just a few days ahead. We’ll be given the opportunity to talk about our accomplishments, shared governance, methods of teaching and learning, connection to the region, and a host of personal community, trustee, employee, and student stories that tell of our successes. We’ve overcome uncontrollable circumstances like: the 2008 recession, a multi-year devastating drought that wiped away field grass and trees and restricted our use of water, and an infrastructure capital improvement plan (ICIP) delayed because of unavailable state resources. Now, we are back on track and moving ahead with a much greater understanding and appreciation of what it means to plan well, implement prudently, and embrace an educational plan with innovation, vision, and commitment so outcomes will benefit students! We’ve been professionally mentored by present and past employees and are providing mentorship to employees who have recently joined our community college family. I fondly remember my very first day and assignment in education. I had a formal education base and was thirsting for formal experience. I believed then and still wholeheartedly believe that the educational experience I have gained and shared with others helped them to move along in their lives in very positive ways. To this day, I still hold to an important life principle and that is: “be patient with others and help and support them each and every day as though it was their first day on the job.” We must give each other good advice, respect one another, allow for and recognize the attainment of colleagues, and don’t listen to selfish hurtful propaganda. A mature employee has no reason to mislead others.
We are smart employees! We’ve made a good living by working at LCC. We are grateful for the opportunity to feed and provide for our families because of our jobs here at Luna. We rely on and apply best practices and the sound judgment of others we trust. When we pay it forward, because of the early and ongoing strong career mentoring we receive, the next generation will be inspired, well guided, and have a purpose to improve their lives and those they influence.
Regardless of our positions, we are valued and can accomplish big things. Joseph Campbell, American Writer, said, “Passion will move men and women beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.” Ultimately, life is an opportunity to utilize our talents and reach personal satisfaction every day at the office.
Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of our colleagues and students. We’re all a part of a special place. Luna Community College is a great place to work!