President's Report - February 2011

Feb 01, 2011

CNM Thanks Voters for Passing CNM Local Bond

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, 65 percent of voters in the CNM District voted for passage of the $70 million CNM Local Bond issue, which will not result in a property tax increase for residents of the CNM District. The bond will be used to improve some of CNM’s aging infrastructure, improve technology in classrooms and provide for more energy efficient mechanical systems to reduce energy costs. CNM wants to thank every single voter throughout the CNM District who cast a vote in favor of this bond. This election showed that our community continues to believe strongly in the critical role CNM plays in our community, in our economy, and in the lives of 30,000 students and their families. Voters in the CNM District have passed every CNM Local Bond that has come before voters since the college opened in 1965. Some of the larger projects that would be funded by the bond, if it passes, include the following:

  • Renovations for High-demand Healthcare Programs on Main Campus – CNM would renovate one of the largest buildings on Main Campus (Jeannette Stromberg Hall), which would allow for much-needed facility upgrades for the high-demand nursing and healthcare programs. The renovation would include the installation of more modern labs and a simulated hospital environment to better prepare students to deliver the best healthcare possible in hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities.
  • Mechanical and Technology Upgrades to Reduce Energy Costs – CNM would install energy conservation technology systems and replace aged mechanical systems with more energy efficient systems to reduce energy costs.
  • Biology and Chemistry Lab Renovations – CNM would renovate outdated chemistry and biology labs on Main Campus to provide more optimal student learning opportunities.
  • Technology Infrastructure Upgrades – CNM would upgrade its technology infrastructure to improve the technological capacity of all buildings on Main Campus. This would allow classrooms to receive the level of technology that’s necessary to provide the educational experience students need to optimize learning in the classroom and job performance when they enter the workforce. The project would improve connectivity of all buildings on Main Campus to technology resources by installing high-capacity cables underground.
  • Installation of Renewable Energy Sources – CNM would install renewable energy sources to power all exterior campus lighting at the Rio Rancho and Westside campuses to reduce energy costs.
  • South Valley Campus Building Renovations – CNM would renovate two 50-year-old buildings on the South Valley Campus. The renovations would include infrastructure upgrades to create more technology-rich classrooms and the installation of more energy-efficient windows.
  • Renovation of Montoya Campus Building to Improve Technology – CNM would renovate the J Building on Montoya Campus to provide more technology-rich resources in classrooms and the library to provide students with more optimal learning environments.

Presenters Needed for Women’s Financial Fitness Event

CNM is seeking presenters for its first Women’s Financial Fitness Symposium scheduled for May 7. Presenters are needed in areas like: planning for retirement, planning for the transition from high school to college, and planning for transition from marriage to divorce. For more information, call (505) 224-5215.

Voters Decide on New Governing Board Member in District 4

Fifty six percent of voters in District 4, which includes the South Valley and Southeast Heights east to Eubank Blvd., chose Mark Armijo as their new CNM Governing Board representative. Incumbent Carmie Toulouse had been the District 4 representative for the past 12 years. Mr. Armijo will be officially sworn in as a member of the CNM Governing Board at the March Governing Board meeting. Mr. Armijo is employed as a Programmer Analyst for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and he’s a former CNM student. He is also currently the president of the Governance Board for Nuestros Valores Charter School and he’s president of the Pauline Armijo Scholarship Fund. Prior to the election, Mr. Armijo said: “I am running because I would like to enhance and improve the great partnerships that CNM has with the high schools, charter schools and universities in the Albuquerque area. I would like to improve and expand the many business partnerships that have been formed over the years and have provided a highly skilled workforce to Albuquerque area businesses. CNM provides an affordable, high quality education to all of its students and I would like to bring my passion for education, a strong, positive voice and a fresh perspective to meet economic challenges to the Governing Board.” Ms. Toulouse will be ending a very productive tenure on the CNM Governing Board. She currently serves as Finance Committee Chair and she’s a member of the Capital Outlay Committee. She’s also a current member of the Association of Community College Trustees and its Public Policy Committee. For the past 12 years, she has been a highly valued and appreciated member of the CNM Governing Board.

CNM Connect Gets $900,000 Boost from Kresge Foundation

The CNM Foundation recently received a groundbreaking $900,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to help launch “CNM Connect,” an innovative new model aimed at more thoroughly connecting students to the support services that can increase their chances for success. It’s the largest single gift made to the CNM Foundation in its 20-year history. The grant will support development of personnel, capital and technology needed to increase momentum for the CNM Connect initiative. The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations in six fields of interest: health, the environment, community development, arts and culture, education and human services.

Tax Help New Mexico Begins Another Season of Free Tax Preparation

CNM’s popular Tax Help New Mexico program is open through the tax filing deadline at 34 sites across the state. The Tax Help program offers free tax preparation service to New Mexico households that earned $50,000 or less in 2010 and to all those who are age 65 and older. Tax Help New Mexico volunteers, who are certified by the IRS, are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits they’re entitled to, like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Last year, Tax Help served nearly 30,000 customers and returned more than $22 million to New Mexico families in the form of tax refunds. The program also saved New Mexico taxpayers more than $3 million in tax preparation fees. For more information, including locations and hours, call (505) 224-4TAX, (505) 224-4080 or visit


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd