President's Report - August 2015

Aug 01, 2015

Register Now for Fall Term

Open registration is ongoing for the 2015 Fall Term, which begins Aug. 31. Classes fill fast, so register now. To view the Fall Term Schedule of Classes, visit For more information, call (505) 224-3000.

New Evening Hours for CNM’s Student Services

Student services at CNM’s Main, Montoya and Westside campuses are now open until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 5 p.m. on Fridays. The services include admissions, advisement, registration and financial aid. The building locations are the Student Services Center on Main Campus; Tom Wiley Hall on Montoya Campus; and the Michael J. Glennon Building on Westside Campus. Other CNM campuses are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (505) 224-3000 or visit

CNM a Finalist for Sustainability Award

CNM is one of six two-year institutions around the country to be named a finalist for Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Awards. Second Nature is a national nonprofit organization that strives to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future by working with leadership networks in higher education. CNM was chosen as a finalist for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; education and community engagement related to green practices; and energy efficiency improvements.

New Fast-track, Online Liberal Arts Degree Debuts in Fall

Beginning with the Fall Term, CNM students can earn their Associate Degree in Liberal Arts in 16 months through a 100 percent online program. The intensive, full-time (24 dedicated hours/week) program is ideal for students who want a structured and supportive, online learning environment. This 60-credit hour program will be offered in seven integrated blocks, with students taking three courses per block. E-textbooks will be available for all courses, and financial aid is available for eligible students. CNM has a Memorandum of Understanding with Western New Mexico University that will allow students who obtain their associate degree in Liberal Arts online at CNM to transfer to the university where they can finish a four-year bachelor’s degree all online.

Second Cohort of IGNITE Community Accelerator Pitches Products on IGNITE Day

The second cohort of entrepreneurs from the IGNITE Community Accelerator at the CNM STEMulus Center will celebrate the conclusion of an intensive, 12-week program by pitching their early-stage businesses to the community and demonstrating their products on Ignite Day. It will take place on Friday, Aug. 14 from 3-5 p.m. in the Richard Barr Board Room in the Student Resource Center on Main Campus. The IGNITE Community Accelerator is an entrepreneurial accelerator that helps fledgling businesses grow up fast. Owners of the seven early-stage companies participating in the accelerator met every Friday for 12 weeks and were immersed in a vigorous and focused “boot camp” environment filled with curriculum on how to develop prototypes and business models, when to start hiring, customer validation, building company infrastructure, marketing and financial literacy. The public is invited to IGNITE Day, but seating is limited. Call (505) 224-3000 for more info.

Put CNM at Your Fingertips – Download New CNM Mobile App

An improved version of the CNM Mobile App is now available in the App Store and Google Play. Download your free version today and get quick-and-easy mobile access to CNM’s services and resources. You can visit your mobile device’s app download service to get the new app or latest update. In addition to the services included on the original CNM Mobile App launched last year, the new version provides these enhancements: updated campus maps; new modules for news and events on CNM campuses; new emergency module with quick access to CNM Security resources; new one-touch feature to call CNM’s most popular services and resources, such as the libraries and academic advisement.

Hiring of New Faculty Members Allows Nursing Program to Grow

The hiring of 12 new part-time faculty members in CNM’s Nursing Program is allowing the school to grow the number of students in the Nursing Program for the Fall Term from 216 to 288 – a 33.3 percent increase. “This is huge because enrollment in nursing programs is historically a challenging process,” said Diane Evans-Prior, Academic Affairs Director for Nursing. “It is never a matter of simply adding seats. Finding qualified faculty, especially ones with master’s degrees in nursing, is a national issue.” Nursing programs in New Mexico are required by state law to have no less than one instructor per eight students in clinical settings. Evans-Prior said that in the spring, CNM’s Human Resources department helped to fill the Nursing Program’s part-time faculty needs by holding a job fair and recruiting nurses from local patient care settings. The Nursing Programs at both the Main and Rio Rancho campuses are expanding. Last year, the publication “Community College Week” ranked CNM’s program 20th among all two-year nursing programs in the country for program size.

Donations Continue

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

  • Albuquerque Business First
  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Clifton/Larson/Allen
  • Colliers International
  • Don Chalmers Ford
  • Mark and Ingrid Gorham
  • Ann Lerner and Skip Drinkard
  • Natasha Martell Jackson and Prentiss Jackson
  • Dr. Janice E. Micali
  • Molina Healthcare of New Mexico
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • Prosperity Works
  • Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Corporation
  • Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico, NA


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