President's Report - April 2016

Apr 01, 2016

CNM’s FUSE Makerspace Open to Public

The FUSE Makerspace opened on April 9 and is providing community members and students with access to high-tech, high-quality equipment that they can use to design, prototype and create manufactured and artistic works. The facility can be used by curious novices, hobbyists, students and entrepreneurial-minded inventors interested in honing and commercializing their creations. The Makerspace is designed to be a welcoming community center, as well as a resource for stoking the startup spirit, creative exploration and economic growth in central New Mexico. People who use the Makerspace will be able to meet others with similar interests and gain inspiration from a community of makers. CNM will also partner with local businesses and organizations to develop tailored events and training opportunities. Here’s some of what the FUSE Makerspace offers:

  • A safe, professional facility where individuals can learn how to use high-quality equipment to bring their ideas to life.
  • Equipment and tool rentals for precision and large-scale projects in a professional fabrication lab.
  • High-tech equipment related to woodworking, metalworking, welding, 3-D printing, screen printing, electronics, robotics and jewelry making.
  • On-site project storage.
  • A supportive hackerspace environment to promote projects online.
  • Community members and entrepreneurs can bring in their 3-D drawing files and have them printed in the FUSE 3-D Print Shop.

Community members and students can purchase weekly or monthly memberships that will provide them access to the Makerspace and its equipment. Monthly memberships include discounts for families and CNM students. Materials for many projects will be available for purchase at the Makerspace, which will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays 4-9 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. It’s located in Ted Chavez Hall, Room 134, on Main Campus. There will be Basic Operation and Safety classes required before individuals can use the equipment on their own, for a small fee. For more info, email or visit

CNM Ranked Fourth Nationally for Degrees Granted to Hispanics

In Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education’s annual Top 25 Community College List, CNM ranked fourth nationally in the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanics in 2014 and CNM ranked 10th in the number of Hispanic students enrolled.

Tax Help New Mexico at Your Service

Tax Help New Mexico provides free tax preparation service for people whose household income was $54,000 or less in 2015 or those who are age 65 or older. Sites are open through the tax filing deadline. Tax Help volunteers are certified by the IRS and are trained to help taxpayers identify tax credits they're entitled to. Visit for locations and hours, and documents to bring.

CNM’s College & Career High School Accepting Applications for 2016-17

The College & Career High School on CNM’s Main Campus is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year. CCHS, a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and CNM, allows high school students to take CNM dual credit classes for half of their day and APS classes the other half. CNM tuition and textbooks are free to the students and their families, allowing them to save significant time and money on a college education. Students who begin as sophomores can earn a CNM certificate or associate degree by the time they complete high school. The college credits also transfer to universities in New Mexico. If you or somebody you know has high school kids who might be interested in CCHS, go to and search “College & Career High School.”

CNM Launching Free Accelerator for Early Childhood Education Businesses

Entrepreneurs who are involved in early childhood education daycare businesses, or are considering opening an early childhood education business, are invited to attend CNM’s Introduction to the Early Childhood Education Accelerator on Saturday, April 16, from 9-10:30 a.m. at CNM’s Workforce Training Center, located at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE in Albuquerque. The introductory sessions are free to the public and are a precursor to the Early Childhood Education Accelerator, titled Crianza. The accelerator will teach entrepreneurs how to grow their businesses, discover more effective ways to increase profits and better understand their market and customers. The accelerator, which is free to the public, is eight weeks long and takes place July to September.

For more information or to RSVP, email

Summer Term Starts May 16

If you’re interested in taking classes during the Summer Term, registration is under way. Register now at to get the classes you want.


CNM’s grateful for donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:

  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Julia B. Bowdich
  • John Bodystun
  • Facility Manager Association of NM
  • Derrick and Jamie Jones
  • Ann Lerner and Skip Drinkard
  • John and Jamie Lewinger
  • Barbara and Burl Lewis
  • NAI Maestas & Ward Commercial Real Estate
  • Noel & Frances C. Behne
  • New Mexico Health Information Management Systems Society
  • New Mexico Professional Surveyors North Central Chapter
  • Rita Rivera
  • David and Marilyn Ryerson
  • Joanne Suffis
  • Joseph and Sandy Varro


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd
CNM President