President's Report - August 2011

Aug 01, 2011

Fall Term Begins Aug. 29

Open registration for CNM’s 2011 fall term is under way and the college is expecting another potential record number of students. Last fall, CNM set an all-time enrollment record with more than 29,700 students. CNM has posted all-time record enrollments each of the past three fall terms. Remember, classes fill quickly, so register today. For more information, call (505) 224-3000 or check out CNM’s online Schedule of Classes at

New Online Course Catalog, Fall Term Schedule of Classes Debut

CNM’s Course Catalog has gone almost exclusively online in a new and dynamic format. The Course Catalog provides detailed information on programs of study, courses required to obtain a degree or certificate and other program information, as well as general information about enrolling at CNM, transfer information and student resources. The new web-based Catalog environment allows students to easily search for programs and classes, and students can create their own personal portfolios with their courses and programs of interest. Visit the new Catalog at A new, online Schedule of Classes for the 2011 fall term is also available now in an easier to navigate format that provides up-to-date information about courses, class availability, times, dates, locations and instructors. Go to to view the new online Schedule of Classes.

CNM Prepares to Open New Advanced Technology Center

On Sept. 19, CNM will begin offering classes in eight different programs at the new Advanced Technology Center (ATC), which is located at 4700 Alameda Blvd. NE, near I-25. The programs that will call the ATC home include: Film Technician; Landscaping; Truck Driving; Aviation Maintenance; Architectural Drafting; Construction Management; Geographic Information Technology; and Surveying Engineering. The new facility will house classrooms, customized lab facilities, computer labs and studios. CNM acquired the 20-acre property in early 2010 – it was formerly the Motorola plant. CNM’s fall term begins Aug. 29, but condensed, late-start courses are offered throughout the term. For more information about classes at the ATC, call (505) 224-3000.

APS Culinary Teachers Learn From CNM’s ‘Healthy Meals, Fit for Life’ Program

Culinary educators from Albuquerque Public Schools attended CNM workshops July 29-31 to learn more about healthy cooking practices, which they will in turn use to teach their APS students during the upcoming school year. The workshops are taught by CNM Nutrition instructors through a grant program called “Healthy Meals, Fir for Life,” which is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Topics covered during the three-day workshops included: the latest nutritional guidelines; turning dietary guidance into healthy meals; healthy cooking techniques; choosing the right foods for healthy living; creating meals for special health needs; and proper sanitation skills. CNM’s Healthy Meals, Fit for Life program partners with local agencies to train food service workers in healthy cooking. Current food service partners include Meals on Wheels, Roadrunner Food Bank and Youth Development, Inc. CNM also offers a Dietary Manager Certificate program that educates students on nutrition, food safety and personnel management.

Dual Credit Students Get Immersed in Arabic

A group of dual credit high school students immersed themselves in the Arabic language and its culture during an intensive four-week CNM course this summer. The course is offered through a U.S. National Security Agency grant program that was established as part of the National Security Language Initiative. The grant program, which is called StarTalk, is part of a U.S. government effort to increase significantly the number of Americans who can speak and teach foreign languages that are deemed critical for the future, like Arabic and Chinese. The month-long course, which earned the high school students four college credits, took place Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to language instruction, students also took field trips that educated them on Arabic culture. “The U.S. State Department has identified (13) critical languages for Americans to learn,” said Gail Grosso, a CNM instructor and the NSA grant program director at CNM. “Our hope is that these students will become fluent in Arabic. There is also a need for more Arabic teachers, so we’re also hoping to teach people how to teach the language.” This is the first time that CNM has offered this Arabic immersion course. CNM plans to offer it again next summer for college freshman and high school dual credit students. For more information on the Arabic immersion course, call (505) 224-5617.

Coal Ave. Opens to Two-Way Traffic Through Main Campus, Lead Ave. Closed

Coal Ave. has reopened as a two-way thoroughfare from I-25 east to Washington Ave., which includes the stretch of Coal Ave. that runs through Main Campus. Please use extra caution and be aware of pedestrian traffic when traveling on Coal Ave. through Main Campus. Lead Ave. has closed from I- 25 east to Washington. When the project is finished – in approximately nine months – Lead and Coal will return to being one-way avenues. For more information on the Lead & Coal Improvement Project, visit the City of Albuquerque’s website at

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation by these donors:

  • Steven Anaya
  • Richard and Linda Barr
  • Charter Bank
  • Mildred Langston
  • Middle Rio Grande Chapter New Mexico Professional Surveyors
  • John Mondragon
  • Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb, P.A.
  • Scholarship America


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd