President's Report - December 2011

Dec 01, 2011

CNM Celebrates Student Success at 2011 Fall Graduation Ceremony

On Saturday, Dec. 10, CNM held its 2011 Fall Graduation Ceremony at Tingley Coliseum on the grounds of EXPO New Mexico. More than 530 graduates walked in the ceremony, a new record for the fall event. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Randy Woodcock, vice president and chief strategic officer for the United Way of Central New Mexico. He talked to the students about the importance of supporting their communities through volunteerism and philanthropy. Woodcock earned an associate degree in microcomputer management from CNM in 2001, which he has put to very good use while leading information technology efforts at the United Way of Central New Mexico.. “My favorite degree was the one I received here (at CNM),” Woodcock said. “It was very applicable to my work.” Woodcock has also served as a volunteer for CNM’s popular Tax Help New Mexico program since 2009 and earlier this year he was honored with CNM’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also volunteered as a “Big Brother” for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central New Mexico. Woodcock holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.

CNM Film Students Produce Programs for Public Access TV

Students in the Film Crew Technician program recently produced 10 half-hour programs for local public access channels. The production took place in the new film studio at the CNM Advanced Technology Center, located at 4700 Alameda Blvd. Multiple cameras were used for the shoot, along with high-tech equipment on loan from uPUBLIC, the new public access cable operator in Albuquerque. The CNM film program is also partnering with WESST, a non-profit business development organization that offers facilities for businesses and non-profits to produce commercials and videos for informational, training, web and social media purposes. CNM students will be able to serve as crew and produces on such projects. CNM’s new film studio is the largest cinema/video teaching facility in New Mexico. It includes a sound stage that will be used for many productions, giving students real-world opportunities to learn and practice skills they will use in the industry after graduation.

Advanced Technology Center to Offer Some General Education Courses

Beginning with the 2012 spring term, the Advanced Technology Center will offer a few general education courses for students at that location, in addition to the courses related to the seven programs that reside at the ATC. General Education classes there will include: Public Speaking, College Writing, Methods of Problem Solving and Introduction to Psychology. Programs that are housed at the ATC, which is located at 4700 Alameda Blvd., include Architectural Engineering/Drafting Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Construction Management, Film Technician, Geographic Information Technology, Landscaping and Truck Driving. Visit to find out more.

Open Registration Under Way for 2012 Spring Term

If you’re interested in taking classes in the spring term, remember that classes fill quickly, so register soon. The spring term begins on Jan. 9. To view CNM’s Schedule of Classes for the spring term, visit

CNM, UNM, APS Partner Through Lumina Grant

The University of New Mexico has received a $600,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation that will be used to strengthen partnerships between CNM, UNM and Albuquerque Public Schools to increase graduation rates among Latino students. The grant will focus on supporting joint efforts among the educational institutions, including the strengthening of partnerships with key business, non-profit and policy-making stakeholders, to improve higher education graduation rates by 10 percent among the Latino population. The grant symbolizes another historic step in the evolving partnership between CNM, UNM and APS, as the institutions continue to work together to create more opportunities for more students to succeed in higher education and gain quality employment. One of the objectives of the grant will be to create more seamless transitions for students to move from APS to CNM to UNM, and then into the workforce. The grant will also support the expansion of a one-stop-shop student service model – similar to the CNM Connect model. At every CNM campus, there is a CNM Connect location. CNM Connect assesses the individual needs of each student and connects them with the appropriate internal services and resources at CNM, as well as external resources in the community that can help the student overcome challenges and stay on track to graduate from college. UNM and APS plan to implement similar models. CNM will receive a portion of the grant funds, which will be used to improve and support transfer opportunities from CNM to UNM.

Students Organize Successful CPR Training Event

Students from an event planning class teamed up with Project Heart Start to host a free hands-only CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) training event for the CNM community and the general public in November. Volunteers from the Albuquerque Fire Department and CNM’s Emergency Medical Services program helped to train more than 80 people on the hands-only CPR technique that can help save lives. The students began planning for the event by writing proposals that addressed risk management, financial needs, marketing the event and many other logistics. They also recruited the volunteers from the fire department and CNM’s EMS program. Participants were shown a training video, received instruction from the volunteers and then practiced the technique on CPR mannequins.

Criminal Justice Program Launches Speaker Series

The CNM Criminal Justice program has begun a speaker series called “School to Careers” to help students understand more about career pathways and real-world experiences from professionals in the field. The series began on Nov. 16 with a visit from Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief Beth Paiz.

Donations Continue

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

  • Science and Technology Park
  • Follett Higher Education Group
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • Peter and Ann Ziegler
  • Bank of America
  • Modral Sperling
  • Sandia National Labs


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd