President's Report - December 2016

Dec 01, 2016

Registration for 2017 Spring Term Underway

If you know somebody who could benefit from a CNM education, let them know that registration for CNM’s 2017 Spring Term is underway. Classes fill fast, so visit The Spring Term begins Jan. 17.

CNM Closed for Winter Break Dec. 19- Jan. 1

CNM will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 19-Jan. 1. The college will return to normal operations Jan. 2. Students can still register for classes and access online services during Winter Break at

Governing Board Election Set for Feb. 7

CNM Governing Board seats in Districts 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will be up for election on Feb. 7. Four of the seats to be filled – Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 – will be four-year terms. District 4 will be for a two-year term to finish the remainder of an unfinished term. The filing date for all candidates is Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Candidates file with the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office. For more information, contact the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office at (505) 243-8683, or through the Bernalillo County Clerk’s website.

CNM Celebrated Student Success at Fall Graduation Ceremony Dec. 10

A total of 633 CNM graduates and 49 GED graduates donned caps and gowns for CNM’s Fall Graduation Ceremony on Dec. 10 at Tingley Coliseum. About 7,000 family members and friends of the graduates were in attendance to celebrate the life-changing moment. CNM President Kathie Winograd was the keynote speaker and the student speaker was Taskeen Naz. Naz grew up in Pakistan and had to stop going to school at age 14. She came to Albuquerque at age 18 and learned about the GED. Seeing education as the key to a better life for her and her family, she began studying for the GED while at the same time learning English. After earning her GED, she enrolled at CNM. She graduated with an associate degree in Paralegal Studies with a 3.6 GPA. She also served an internship at the District Attorney's Office and she plans to transfer to the University of New Mexico to pursue a law degree in either immigration law or international law. This was the last Fall Graduation Ceremony at CNM. The ceremony has been discontinued for budget reasons.

Kids Dive into Coding During CNM’s ‘Hour of Code’ Event

Eighty kids in elementary and middle school booted up their laptops and tablets and dove into the world of computer coding on Dec. 6 at CNM. The “Hour of Code” is a global movement intended to expose kids from all backgrounds to computer coding. Both CNM sites were at capacity with 40 kids each. The event included 60-plus minutes of technology instruction and kids used block-programming on their devices to create commands in a visual and fun way while learning the basic logic of coding. They were guided by tutorials that allowed them to create their own unique games that had themes such as Star Wars, Minecraft and the Disney movie Moana. The non-profit began the “Hour of Code” movement, which is “dedicated to expanding access to computer science. (’s) vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.” The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, which was December 5-11. But Hour of Code events can be held year-round.

English Instructor Earns Poetry Prize

CNM English instructor Julie Dunlop is the recipient of the Bosque Press Editors’ 2016 Poetry Prize. Five of her poems appear in the Bosque Press’s 2016 publication, "bosque 6." She was honored at a reading Dec. 1 at Bookworks in Albuquerque.

Four CNM Students Study in Colombia as Part of New Global Ed Program

Four CNM students recently traveled to Medellin, Colombia as part of an exchange program with Colombia’s Servicio National de Aprendizaje (SENA) to participate in a one-month Cisco Systems computer networking certification program. SENA is a technical school with campuses throughout Colombia. The students, who included Pedro Vergara-Frias, Steven Gilliland, Muriel Chischilly and Jesse Schultz, were part of a CNM Global Education student exchange program. As part of the exchange, five Colombian students came to CNM to participate in the training. “We built relationships that will hopefully last forever,” said Vergara-Frias. “We also learned a lot about computer networking and grew professionally by getting Cisco certification.” As a result of the Cisco certification, the students are now qualified to work for an IT department as part of a networking team. CNM’s Global Education program is aiming to increase the global competence of CNM students and empower them with the ability to compete, connect, and collaborate on a global scale.

New Internship Portal Created by CNM Students for State Agency

A new internship portal that CNM Ingenuity Software Labs developed for the State of New Mexico is up and running. The website was built by CNM students, including Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp graduates and a graduate of CNM’s Computer Information Systems program, as part of a collaborative effort between New Mexico Workforce Solutions and the New Mexico Higher Education Department. The website allows college students to browse a wide range of internship opportunities posted by employers, which can fill internships needs through the site. It’s available online at


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

  • Albuquerque Winair
  • Blue Skies Consulting, LLC
  • Consulado de Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Doc Savage Supply
  • Gorman Industries
  • Hanna Plumbing & Heating
  • Diane Harrison Ogawa and Greg Ogawa
  • James and Kristen Hinton
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Dr. Susan A. Murphy and Kevin D. Murphy
  • NMPS Middle Rio Grande Chapter
  • Georgie Ortiz and Fred C. Arfman
  • R.E. Michel Co., Inc.
  • Jimi and Carla Sanchez
  • Shamrock Foods Company
  • Janice Stockhoff
  • Lewis Suber


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