President's Report - February 2017

Feb 01, 2017

CNM Governing Board Takes New Shape After Election

The CNM Governing Board Election on Feb. 7 determined seats in five CNM Districts. In District 1, incumbent Pauline Garcia received 64.3 percent of the vote to defeat Robert Chavez. In District 3, Tom Swisstack ran unopposed. In District 4, Annette Chavez y De La Cruz defeated incumbent Melissa Armijo with 54.5 percent of the vote. In District 5, incumbent Nancy Baca received 57 percent of the vote to defeat Gina Naomi Dennis. And in District 7, Michael Glennon received 69.7 percent to defeat Harold Murphree. Current District 7 Board member Michael DeWitte did not run for re-election. The new Board members will be sworn in at the March Governing Board meeting.

IGNITE Accelerator Accepting Applications Through March 3

The next IGNITE Community Accelerator will start March 17 at the CNM STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque. The Accelerator provides early-stage/startup businesses an intensive 12-week program designed to lift their businesses to greater heights while generating momentum for the region’s entrepreneurial and economic development efforts. IGNITE provides each business owner with business services and support, including personal business coaching and mentoring by a successful entrepreneur in a similar field. The program is offered free of charge and will run each Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will conclude on June 9 with IGNITE Day, when the companies will showcase their businesses to the community. For more information or to apply, email or call (505) 224-4717.

More Than 2,100 High School Students Attended CNM’s College Day

CNM welcomed more than 2,100 high school students from 36 different schools around the region to CNM’s Main Campus on Feb. 10 to learn about the wide variety of programs offered at the college. Students toured labs, learned about CNM programs and participated in various interactive demonstrations related to robotics, computer coding, welding, truck driving, video game development, film and much more. Participating students were from Albuquerque Public Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Bernalillo Public Schools, various charter schools and schools from as far away as Zuni, Cuba and Los Lunas. Event sponsors included Running Start for Careers and Albuquerque Business Education Compact.

CNM One of 12 Colleges Selected to Grow National Credential for Retail Workers

The League for Innovation in the Community College recently announced a $2.9 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to develop a three-part credentialing program for retail workers. CNM is one of 12 community colleges across the country to be chosen to participate in the program, Brighter Futures 3.0, which will build on the success of the Western Association of Food Chains’ (WAFC) Retail Management Certificate. CNM launched its Retail Management Certificate in partnership with the WAFC in fall 2016, when 30 Albertsons employees enrolled in the program. Over the 2.5 year period of the grant, the selected colleges will work with retail employers who are committed to the Retail Management Certificate as the credential for the advancement of their existing workforce. It’s anticipated that more than 1,200 incumbent retail workers will be enrolled in the program.

CNM to Celebrate Black History Month with Event on Feb. 23

CNM will celebrate and recognize the role black Americans have had in U.S. history during Black History Month, which occurs across the country in February. In honor of Black History Month, CNM invites you to a “Celebration of Arts, Culture and Community” on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1-2:30 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Boardroom. There will be music, dance performances, poetry readings, light refreshments and door prizes for students. The event is sponsored by the Executive Council of Students, Connect Services and the CNM Foundation. For more information, contact Carol Ash at

Digital Media Lab Open House Set for Feb. 17 at Rio Rancho Campus

CNM and Sandoval County’s Office of Business Development have partnered to establish the new Sandoval County/CNM Digital Media Lab at CNM’s Rio Rancho Campus. You’re invited to attend an Open House at the Rio Rancho Campus on Friday, Feb. 17, from 3-6 p.m. The Digital Media Lab will serve as a training/internship site for high school and college students who will work with small businesses or community organizations to create websites, web designs, logos, videos and more. The lab will provide access to a drone, film equipment, sound equipment, virtual reality headsets, computers and the Adobe Creative Suite. During the Open House, there will also be demonstrations featuring green screen technology, Raspberry Pi and gaming. For more information, email Marla Peters at

CNM Goes for Green in National RecycleMania Tournament

For the fourth year in a row, CNM is participating in the National RecycleMania Tournament with nearly 400 colleges and universities around the country. For eight weeks, colleges across the U.S. and Canada will report the amount of recycling and trash that’s collected each week, then they’ll be ranked in various categories. Standings will be updated weekly and winning schools will receive an award made out of recyclable materials. In last year’s RecycleMania event, CNM recycled 52 percent of its waste, ranking 30th out of 207 schools competing in the “Grand Champion” division. In addition to the college’s overall recycling rates, CNM is planning eight weeks of educational activities about recycling and sustainability.


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

  • Credit Professionals International – Las Madrugadoras
  • Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Ltd.
  • Deborah Johnson
  • Don and Connie McLeod
  • New Mexico Professional Surveyors Educational Foundation
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • ReCARnation
  • Sandia National Labs
  • United Way of Central New Mexico


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