President's Report - February 2013

Feb 01, 2013

CNM District Elects Two New Board Members

On Feb. 5, CNM District voters went to the polls to elect two new Governing Board members. Three incumbent Board members – Chair Blair Kaufman, Vice Chair Mike DeWitte and Secretary Debbi Moore – ran unopposed. In District 1 and District 2, no incumbents ran for re-election. Unofficial results posted by the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office show Pauline J. Garcia leading in District 1 with 39 percent of the vote, with Dan Serrano in second with 33 percent and Marjorie T. Germain with 28 percent. In District 2, Robert P. Matteucci Jr. was leading with 73 percent of the vote, with Ernest W. Sturdevant trailing with 27 percent. After final canvassing, the final results were expected to be announced Feb. 8. The seats for Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be for four-year terms. The District 2 seat will be for a two-year term to complete an unfinished term that began in 2011. The elected Board members will be sworn in for their new terms at the March Governing Board meeting. Robert P. Matteucci, father of Robert P. Matteucci Jr., will be ending his long and distinguished service to CNM. He had been serving on the Board continuously since 1986, with several terms as Board chair.

More than 2,000 High School Students, a New Record, Taking Dual Credit Classes

More and more high school students, their families and high schools are recognizing the benefits of taking advantage of CNM’s Dual Credit program, which allows high school students to take CNM classes that count for both high school and college credit. For the spring term, 2,019 high school students, an all-time record, are enrolled in about 2,704 CNM classes. A state law that requires high school students to take either a dual credit class, distance learning class, honors class or advanced placement class in order to graduate has contributed to the continuing rise in enrollment. Another contributing factor is CNM’s continuing efforts to make it easier for high school students to enroll in dual credit classes. Required paperwork has been streamlined and CNM is expanding its “Dual Credit in the High School” program. In the Dual Credit in the High School model, high school teachers who meet CNM’s hiring standards receive a stipend to teach a dual credit class during their regular high school hours. This program allows students to avoid the challenge of commuting to CNM. Some high schools are also providing bus service to the APS Career Enrichment Center, where students can take dual credit classes. CNM dual credit classes are free to participating high schools, which includes APS and Rio Rancho Public Schools. Textbooks are also free of charge for students. For more information about dual credit, go to or call (505) 224-4673.

CNM Celebrates National Career Technical Education Month

In conjunction with National Career Technical Education Month in February, CNM is rolling up its sleeves as it prepares to put every CTE program on display for potential students during the college’s first CTE Open House on Feb. 22. More than 1,900 middle and high school students have already signed up to get hands-on with CNM’s CTE programs. All of CNM’s 56 CTE fields of study will provide tours of their facilities and information about their programs. Most will also offer hands-on activities. Student Services employees will also be available to answer questions and provide information about student resources and how to become a CNM student. For more information about the event, including an A to Z listing of CTE programs at CNM, go to

CNM, UNM Ease Transfer Process for Engineering Students

CNM and the University of New Mexico recently signed a transfer agreement that will provide students with a clear pathway for earning an engineering associate degree at CNM that will seamlessly transfer into UNM’s School of Engineering. It’s part of a grant-funded effort between CNM and UNM called STEM-UP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Undergraduate Pathways). For more info, call (505) 224-4333.

CNM Unveils Strategic Direction

The Governing Board approved CNM’s new Strategic Direction. CNM’s Vision of “Changing Lives, Building Community” remains the same, as does the Mission Statement. But three new Strategic Goals will power all efforts for the next five years – Student Success; Community Success; and Organizational Excellence and Innovation

CNM Connect Gains National Attention from Community College Times

The Community College Times, one of the leading national voices on community colleges, featured CNM Connect in January. CNM Connect is a unique model with a holistic approach to serving students – it’s being emulated by colleges around the country. Learn more at


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

  • Carl and Linda Alongi
  • American Indian Education Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Mary Bates-Ulibarri
  • Roger and Jane Cook
  • Dale and Diane Dekker
  • Jeffrey Whiteman, Empire Southwest, LLC
  • Michael and Karen Glennon
  • Blair Kaufman and Ann Piper
  • Dr. Helen Kerschner
  • Klinger Construction
  • Steven and Jane Lindemann
  • Lovelace Health Systems
  • Honorable Alan Malott
  • Bruce Malott and Marla Wood
  • Lev Nelik
  • Bettye Pressley
  • PNM
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Barbara Silva
  • Michael and Janet Sjulin
  • Robert Wertheim
  • Judy Zanotti and David Davis


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd