President's Report - December 2018

Dec 01, 2018

Happy Holidays from CNM

We wish you a very happy and safe holiday season. The college’s campuses will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 19 through Jan. 1, but our online services will remain available at

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CNM Named ‘Innovator of the Year’ by National Higher Ed News Site

Education Dive: Higher Ed, a leading industry news publisher, has named CNM as its “Innovator of the Year” for being a trailblazer in the use of blockchain technology, the same technology that spawned Bitcoin. CNM was the first community college in the country to issue digital diplomas to students through blockchain technology. The Innovator of the Year Award was part of the Higher Education Dive Awards for 2018. "Investing in a new technology makes for good headlines, but finding effective uses for the technology is a process that can be daunting. Central New Mexico Community College has been an advocate for blockchain technology and has incorporated it into credential management,” said Hallie Busta, Editor at Education Dive: Higher Ed. CNM delivered the first digital diplomas in December 2017 to a small pilot group of students using blockchain. In August 2018, CNM made digital diplomas accessible to all graduates of the college. The graduates can securely and easily access their free digital diplomas through a smartphone app and independently manage their own, hard-earned credentials. Graduates can securely share their diplomas with employers or post them to social media sites like LinkedIn. With digital credentials, a student will never have to worry about their alma mater going extinct, along with the documentation of certificates, degrees, transcripts and skills they earned along the way. CNM is expanding the use of blockchain technology on a variety of fronts. CNM also received grant funding in 2018 from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office for blockchain development, such as training blockchain coding instructors and building blockchain services that are available to government agencies.

CNM Wins Energy Efficiency Award

Relatively small investments in energy efficiency can produce big results, as CNM learned this month when it won a PNM Energy Efficiency Star Award through PNM’s Building Tune-Up Retro-commissioning program. Through a variety of efforts, CNM will save more energy and money than any other participating institution in New Mexico. “CNM contributed to 943,869 kilowatt hours of savings, enough energy to power 140 homes for a year,” PNM said. PNM also estimated that CNM will save $94,400 in energy costs this year. The Building Tune-Up Retro-commissioning program examines existing buildings for energy efficiency performance. The process identifies areas for energy saving improvements that can be addressed through small projects of $5,000 or less. Some CNM improvements included: adjusting HVAC controls for optimal performance, readjusting temperature ranges for thermostats, automatically putting computers in sleep mode after 20 minutes of non-use, replacing inefficient lighting with LED lights, installing more lighting sensors, lowering thermostats overnight, and more.

You’re Invited to Merry Maker Market & Craft Workshop at FUSE Makerspace Dec. 15

CNM Ingenuity is excited to host the Merry Maker Market & Craft Workshop on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at the FUSE Makerspace (101 Broadway Boulevard NE) at Innovate ABQ. You can shop for unique items created by FUSE makers or you can create your own unique gifts! The event is free with a canned food donation to The Storehouse. Holiday refreshments and snacks will be provided. For more info, call (505)224-FUSE.


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

  • ABB Inc.
  • Atkinson & Co. Ltd.
  • Brindle Foundation
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Deborah Walters
  • Mildred E. Langston and Charles Langston
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bruno Morosin
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc.
  • Fidelity Foundation
  • Garcia Automotive Group
  • Lovelace Health System
  • Lynn and Craig Trojahn
  • Mark Gorham
  • Middle Rio Grande Chapter, New Mexico Professional Surveyors
  • Miller Bonded, Inc.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Carl Alongi
  • Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Brown
  • Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hartnett
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Humphrey
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Wells
  • Annette Chavez y De La Cruz and Art De La Cruz
  • Patricia Nelson and Michael Nelson
  • Sally Adams and Ken Adams
  • Julia B. Bowdich and John Carey
  • New Mexico Bank & Trust
  • Paula Getz
  • PNM Resources
  • Prevender Financial Services, LLC
  • Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Corporation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Steven Anaya
  • The Aspen Institute
  • Thornburg Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico, NA

Thanks for Your Support of CNM, and Happy Holidays!
Kathie W. Winograd
CNM President