President's Report - August 2017

Aug 01, 2017

Still Time to Register for Fall Term

The CNM Fall Term begins Aug. 28, so there’s still plenty of time to sign up for classes and get empowered by a CNM education. CNM is one of the best higher education values in the country, with very affordable tuition, outstanding faculty and student support services, and small class sizes. Visit to find your courses.

CNM Stepping Up for Community with Historic Fundraising Campaign

CNM launched the public phase of its Step Up Fundraising Campaign on July 26, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in CNM’s history. It’s also believed to be the largest fundraising campaign in the country for a community college, notwithstanding capital campaigns that seek to fund the construction of buildings. CNM’s Step Up Campaign, which is a combined campaign for CNM, the CNM Foundation and CNM Ingenuity, is seeking to raise $20 million by 2020 to support initiatives focused on graduating more students, improving the quality of the workforce and generating economic development. Visit for more info and to join this important cause.

CNM Named Postsecondary Partner for Restaurant Apprenticeship Program

CNM and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation launched a new restaurant apprenticeship program last month. CNM is the postsecondary partner for New Mexico. Culinary students will take classes at CNM and then spend six months to two years working in a restaurant as an apprentice. The National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to start the apprenticeship program. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, apprenticeships in restaurants, food-service and hospitality translate into opportunities that can earn a typical manager between $50,000 and $60,000 a year. For more information about being a participating restaurant or apprentice, call (505) 224-3896.

CNM Offers New Bilingual Customer Service Certificate to Meet Industry Need

Starting with the Fall Term, CNM will offer a one-term, dual-certificate program that will provide New Mexico’s bilingual population the necessary skills to become a professional customer service representative. The classes for the certificate are meant to improve the technical English proficiency for native Spanish speakers who are interested in gaining employment at a customer service workplace, including call centers. There is high demand for qualified bilingual personnel who are able to express themselves fluently using proper business vocabulary, both in English and Spanish. The certificate program will prepare candidates for jobs such as bilingual customer service representative, bilingual client relations representative, bilingual call center representative and bilingual online support specialist. For more info, email

Plumbing & Gas Fitting Program Holds Info Sessions Aug. 17

Info sessions on the CNM Plumbing and Gas Fitting Program will be held Thursday, Aug. 17, at noon and 5:30 p.m. in Ted Chavez Hall on Main Campus. Attendees will learn about the Plumbing and Gas Fitting degree and certificate programs. For more information or to register, call (505) 224-3711 or email

College & Career High School on CNM Main Campus Accepting HS Sophomores

The College & Career High School on CNM’s Main Campus is accepting applications from high school sophomores for the upcoming 2017-18 school year through Friday, Aug. 11, at noon. CCHS, a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and CNM, allows high school students to take CNM dual credit classes for half of their day and APS classes the other half. CNM classes count for both high school elective and college credit. CNM tuition and textbooks are free to the students and their families, allowing them to save significant time and money on a college education. Last year, the College & Career High School was the only high school in the state to earn “A” grades from the New Mexico Public Education Department in all eight categories of grades. To access an application or for more information, go to

Fifteen International Students Attending CNM This Fall

CNM is welcoming 15 international students to campus this fall as part of CNM’s new Global Education program. Students are coming from countries such as Brazil, Nigeria, Sweden, Vietnam, Tanzania, Nepal and Zimbabwe. The Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) gave CNM approval to accept international students on F-1 or M-1 visas in March, paving the way for the program’s launch this fall. The F-1 Visa allows people to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, academic high school or elementary school. They must be enrolled in a program or course of study that culminates in a degree, diploma or certificate. The M-1Visa includes students in vocational or other non-academic programs, other than language training. International students at CNM will be paying non-resident tuition. CNM’s non-resident tuition cost per credit hour is competitive with other colleges nationwide. Two years at a community college can help an international student improve their English language skills and grow accustomed to U.S. education and culture while earning their associate degree. It’s also a cost effective way to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree if they plan to transfer to a university.


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

  • BNSF Railway Foundation
  • Bueno Foods
  • Adrian and Michelle Chavez
  • Joyce Goodwin
  • Jaynes Corporation
  • Andy Lim
  • Sherman and Cathy McCorkle
  • Pepsi Beverages Company
  • Dr. Nancy Ridenour
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • Wagner Equipment
  • Clint B. Wells
  • Ronald and Shirley Wells


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