President's Report - April 2018

Apr 01, 2018

Registration Open for Summer Term

If you’re planning to take classes during the Summer Term, register early and make sure you get the classes you want when you want them. The Summer Term starts May 14. Visit to map out your courses.

New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards Set for April 25

CNM, the new owner and manager of the popular New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards, will host the 2018 event on April 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Sandia Resort. Awards will be presented in these categories: PNM Award for Individual Excellence in Business Practice; Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business; Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Non-Profit; and Ethical Young Leadership Award. For tickets and sponsorships, visit

CNM Graduation Ceremony Set for May 5 at Tingley Coliseum

CNM will celebrate its graduates during the 2018 Graduation Ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 5, at Tingley Coliseum. The keynote speaker will be Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez. An estimated 8,000 family and friends are expected to be in attendance to cheer on the CNM graduates. Entrance into Tingley for the ceremony is free. Parking is $5.

New Dean Announced for School of Applied Technologies

CNM is pleased to announce that Kristen Benedict has been chosen as the new dean of the School of Applied Technologies. Benedict earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Arizona in Tucson. For over 10 years, Benedict has served in different capacities at Central Arizona College. She began as the Program Coordinator in the Hispanic Serving Institution where she worked on a STEM grant. She then moved to the position of Biofuel Preceptor where she worked on a Department of Labor grant focused on renewable energy. Until recently, Benedict was the Engineering and Technology Chair as well as a Professor of Agriculture. She was also responsible for the programmatic leadership of the entire Advanced Technology Division. She will begin her duties at CNM on May 21.

600-plus Students Competing in State SkillsUSA Championships at CNM April 13

More than 600 high school and college Career Technical Education students from across the state, including CNM students, will put the skills they’ve learned to the test at CNM on Friday, April 13, during the 2018 New Mexico SkillsUSA Championships. There will be more than 65 contests in CTE fields, such as automotive repair, carpentry, masonry, culinary arts and welding to name a few. Gold medal winners in each event will advance to the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky, June 25-29. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and industry partners — are expected to participate in the week-long event. In addition to rewarding students for excellence, the SkillsUSA Championships allow industry representatives to directly evaluate student performance and help keep training relevant to employers’ needs. The students also get valuable networking opportunities with employers.

New Electric Lineworker Training Facility Complete at Rio Rancho Campus

CNM and the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NMRECA) have partnered to bring the association’s statewide Lineworker Electric Power Training Facility to the CNM Rio Rancho Campus, where apprentices train to become electrical lineworkers for one of NMRECA’s 19 rural cooperatives. The outdoor, 11-acre lab site in Rio Rancho includes multiple electrical poles, an underground electrical grid, transformers, and electrical overhead distribution systems, providing apprentices hands-on training for climbing poles and conducting maintenance on electrical lines. In addition to apprenticeship trainings, CNM Ingenuity will begin offering a Pre-Apprenticeship program in August for community members who are interested in becoming an electric lineworker, which provides a good-paying, high-quality career. For more info, email 

Two Nursing Students Earn Prestigious Nightingale Scholarship

CNM nursing students Collette Archuleta, 31, and Misty Eskridge, 47, have received the esteemed Nightingale Scholarship, based on a number of criteria including overall GPA, college and community service, and the quality of their application essays. Archuleta, who will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium partnership with UNM, says nursing was a clear choice for her because she wants to help the local community. “I see people in need every day because of poverty or medical problems and I wanted to be able to help those people,” she says. For Eskridge, nursing has been a life-long goal. “I’m excited to start helping people through their most difficult times, and to be part of an ever-changing medical field,” she says. Archuleta and Eskridge will each receive $1,000 from the scholarship to put toward their education. It’s also an eye-catching achievement for their resumes.

Info Session for Bilingual Customer Service on April 20

The Bilingual Customer Service Representative program teaches non-native speakers of English to become successful bilingual call center representatives with focus on writing, professionalism, and telephone skills. Those interested can attend an info session on April 20 from 12-1 p.m. on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 102. For more info, contact Ana Patino-Guillen at 224-3938 or email


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

  • Carl and Linda Alongi
  • Enterprise Builders Corporation
  • Arturo Espino-Espinosa and Melissa Gonzales-Espino
  • French Funerals and Cremations
  • Gemini Rosemont Realty Commercial Real Estate
  • Glass-Rite
  • John Moore & Associates
  • Molina Healthcare of New Mexico
  • New Mexico Mutual
  • Bettye Pressley
  • Sarah Smith


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