President’s Report - August 2018

Aug 01, 2018

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CNM Hosting New Mexico Leadership Summit Aug. 17

The New Mexico Leadership Summit—which takes place August 17 at CNM—will provide an opportunity for community leaders around the state to take a step back, refresh their perspective, and be inspired. Featured speakers such as Linda Alvarado—the co-owner of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies and an Albuquerque native—will share their unique personal stories and leadership experiences. In addition, the speakers will provide a window into how they think about ethics and the ethical challenges they face in their workplace. For more info, email New Mexico Leadership Summit.

CNM Ingenuity Hosting Conference on Future of Blockchain Technology

The technology of Blockchain, originally created to support Bitcoin, is expected by many to spawn another technology revolution across all sectors of the economy. On Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., CNM Ingenuity will host a “BlockFiesta” conference on CNM’s Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall. Blockfiesta will explore the possibilities for meaningful uses of Blockchain technology in sectors like energy, government, startups and information technology. In December 2017, CNM became the first community college in the country to issue student-owned digital diplomas through the Blockchain. 

CNM Student Wins Prestigious Department of Defense Scholarship

Lloyd Waggoner, 27, was taking refresher math courses just a couple years ago at CNM after passing on college for a number of years after high school. Now, he’s about to earn his associate degree in Engineering, he’s working on his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, and he was just awarded a coveted U.S. Department of Defense scholarship. The scholarship pays all of his UNM tuition until he graduates, provides a significant annual living stipend, gets him an internship at White Sands Missile Range next summer, and guarantees him a DOD job after graduation. The scholarship is called the Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship and it draws applicants from across the country.

You’re Invited to Grand Opening of Richard R. Barr Hall on Montoya Campus Aug. 14

CNM will celebrate the opening of the new Richard R. Barr Hall at CNM’s Montoya Campus on Aug. 14 from 3:30–5 p.m. Mr. Barr served on the CNM Governing Board from 1997–2009, including six years as Chairman. The renovated, 44,700-square-foot building now houses a dental assistant lab, cosmetology lab, two chemistry labs, a computer classroom, four general-use classrooms, faculty offices, library, tutoring, a computer lab and a conference room. The outdoor plaza will also create a more welcoming gathering space and better pedestrian flow between buildings. The renovation is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification. To RSVP for the grand opening, email Events.

Five-week Program Allows Aspiring Truck Drivers to Get on Road to Good Job Fast

CNM Ingenuity is now offering Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) programs through the new “Albuquerque CDL,” which provides accelerated options and customizable trainings for Class A, B, C, and Passenger certifications to help aspiring truck drivers get on the road with a good job quickly. While providing fast access to good-paying jobs, the ABQ CDL program was also created to fill a growing workforce need in New Mexico (there are currently more than 900 truck driving jobs available in New Mexico on the national trucking website The 2017 median income for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $42,500 per year, according to U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more call (505)224-4CDL.

Info Session on Plumbing and HVAC Careers Set for Aug. 22

CNM’s School of Applied Technologies is hosting an Info Session on its Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program and its Plumbing and Gas Fitting program on Aug. 22 from 5:30&ndash:7 p.m. on Main Campus in Ted Chavez Hall. For more info, email Karen Grandinetti.


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

  • Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Steven and Shara Anaya
  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Bruce and Kerry Beebe
  • Blake’s Lotaburger, Inc.
  • Annette Chavez y De La Cruz and Art De La Cruz
  • First National 1870
  • French Funerals and Cremations
  • Gemini Rosemont Realty Commercial Real Estate
  • Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors
  • Jaynes Corporation
  • Lovelace Health System
  • New Mexico Gas Company
  • George Ortiz and Fred C. Arfman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Pitts
  • PNM
  • Presbyterian Health Plan
  • Presbyterian Healthcare Services
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Sandia Resort & Casino
  • Santa Fe Community Foundation
  • Duffy and Jean Ann Swan
  • The Daniels Fund
  • Virginia M. Trujillo
  • S. Eagle Federal Credit Union

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