President's Report - February 2010

Feb 01, 2010

CNM Sets New Spring Term Enrollment Record

The students keep coming, CNM keeps responding and the record books keep getting rewritten. As of Jan. 28, the census date for full-term courses, enrollment at the college was 27,386, which set a new all-time enrollment record for a spring term at CNM. It also ranks the college atop all higher education institutions in the state in terms of enrollment. CNM’s spring term enrollment is not far off the pace for CNM’s all-time enrollment record, which is 27,934 students set in fall 2009. The previous spring term enrollment record was a little more than 24,600 students in spring 2009.

Congressman Heinrich Visits CNM to Discuss Green Programs

United States Representative Martin Heinrich, who represents the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico, visited CNM on Jan. 28 to learn more about efforts at CNM related to sustainability and “green” curriculum that will support a growing green economy in New Mexico. Congressman Heinrich met with several CNM staff and faculty members to discuss current programs and courses, as well as CNM’s role in supporting new green programs in the future. After a briefing, Congressman Heinrich toured some CNM labs and classrooms, including the photovoltaic (solar panel) installation classroom site. “We need to invest heavily in community colleges,” Congressman Heinrich said during a question and answer session at CNM. “These facilities train the workers of tomorrow.”

CNM TaxHelp Program in Full Swing Across the State

CNM’s longstanding and popular TaxHelp New Mexico program has opened its doors to New Mexicans across the state at 38 sites. New Mexico households that earned $50,000 or less in 2009 and those who are 65 years of age and older qualify for this free tax preparation service. TaxHelp New Mexico volunteers have passed an IRS certification exam and they’re trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits for which they’re entitled, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Last year, TaxHelp served more than 30,300 New Mexicans and helped to generate more than $22.1 million in tax refunds. The program also saved taxpayers an estimated $3.1 million in tax preparation fees. For locations and hours, call (505) 224-4TAX or visit

CNM Culinary Instructors Share Healthy Curriculum at National Conference

Dr. Sharon Himmelstein and Sara Perovich, both CNM nutrition instructors, held seminars during the American Culinary Federation’s national conference that was held in Albuquerque in early February. Himmelstein conducted a seminar titled “Fiber Facts: Flavorful Ways to Increase Fiber Intake.” And Perovich held a seminar titled “Healthful Cooking and Nutritional Ingredient Substitutions.” Nutrition was a prominent focus at the ACF conference. “I’m a strong advocate of healthy food that tastes delicious,” said Dr. Himmelstein, who teaches Nutrition 1010 at CNM. She said it’s important to teach chefs to prepare nutritious dishes to help combat the trend of obesity and its related health problems. Other CNM chefs, instructors and students participated as volunteers at the national event and some cooking competitions took place in CNM culinary kitchens.

CNM Responds to Community Need with Solar Panel Training for Professionals

Responding to needs in the community to prepare current workers in the photovoltaic (solar) system design and installation field for an important certification exam, CNM developed a noncredit, three-day course that was held at the Workforce Training Center in January. Sponsored by the WIRED grant, the “Advanced Solar Photovoltaic System Design and Installation” class was designed to serve contractors, engineers, electricians and other professionals to help bring them up to speed on the latest in solar panel design and installation technology. More than 80 students attended the course, including some from out of state. “This class and more like it are crucial for New Mexico right now,” said one of the students. “A lot of folks are coming into the field and we need to set standards and educate so we have competent installation, inspection and regulation.”

Gain Insight Into ‘Careers in Uncertain Times’ at CNM Workshops

CNM’s Academic Advisement and Career Development department will hold two new workshops as part of its ongoing series, “Careers in Uncertain Times.” The workshops are open to the public. On Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon on Main Campus at the Student Services Center, Room 205, and on March 8 from 11 a.m. to noon on the Montoya Campus in Tom Wiley Hall, Room 204, the workshops will focus on employment prospects and trends related to CNM programs in biotechnology, environmental health and safety, engineering, biology, physics and nutrition. Two more workshops will be held March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Services Center, Room 205, and on March 4 from noon to 1 p.m. on the Montoya Campus in Tom Wiley Hall. These two workshops will focus on employment prospects and trends in areas related to CNM’s business, accounting and software technology programs. For more information, call (505) 224-3000.

Explora! Rep to Speak About Joy of Science at Montoya Speaker Series

Armelle Casau, visiting services director of Explora! Science Museum, will discuss the joy of lifelong learning in the wondrous world of science at the Montoya Campus J Building, Room 124, on Feb. 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. Hands-on activities will be part of the presentation. Casau will also talk about Explora’s mission to create opportunities for inspirational discovery in science, technology and art. For more info, call (505) 224-5524.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the Foundation:

  • $1,000 from Angie Baca for the CNM Foundation Unrestricted Fund, Rust Opportunity Fund
  • $1,000 from Julie Bowdich for the American Indian Education Foundation Challenge Grant
  • $1,000 from Dyron Murphy Architects for the American Indian Education Challenge Grant
  • $7,011 from N.M. Student Loans for the American Indian Education Challenge Grant
  • $1,775 from United Way of Central N.M. for Adult Basic Education
  • $500 from Loral Butler for the Annual Fund
  • $1,000 from Susan J. Wilson for the Annual Fund
  • $504 from Katherine Bercaw for the Annual Fund
  • $500 from Dale Dekker for the Annual Fund.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd