CROWNPOINT NM – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez recently joined Navajo Technical University (NTU) Board of Regents members, NTU President Dr. Elmer Guy and students as the university held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new academic building that will be home to new classrooms and office spaces at the NTU campus in Crownpoint, NM. The 24th Navajo Nation Council’s Health, Education, and Human Services Committee members were also in attendance.
The new 27,000 sq. ft. facility will house 13 classrooms, two vocational classrooms for computer-based programs, and 14 faculty offices. The academic center, funded through the New Mexico Higher Education Department and Navajo Technical University, will also include state-of-the-art tech spaces for students, wifi access and charging stations for laptops.
“This is a big step forward for Navajo Technical University and the Crownpoint community,” said President Nez. “We are very proud of the collaborative work that is being done to build NTU’s capacity to educate and empower more Diné students. The new academic facility will serve to further develop and advance the minds of our young people and help to build our Nation. We have many bright and intelligent Navajo people, who simply need a hand up when it comes to getting the resources they need to pursue and complete their educational goals. We congratulate NTU President Dr. Guy, the Board of Regents, and all of the staff members and students for their hard work and success.”
“Navajo Technical University has made enormous strides to serve Navajo communities and to provide higher educational opportunities close to home for our students,” said Vice President Lizer. “The growth and expansion of NTU on all levels is inspiring for our Nation and our youth. We commend NTU for their great work and commitment to uplifting our youth and building a brighter future for our people.”
“We are very excited to begin construction of the new academic building at our main campus,” said NTU President Dr. Guy. “The building will serve as the center of teaching and learning for our NTU students and faculty and will foster advancements that are critical to NTU program development. The new academic building will be LEED-certified demonstrating our commitment to do our part to protect the environment. We look forward to continued growth and support for our university.”
Construction of the new academic building is expected to be completed by December 2023.