President's Report - February 2018

Feb 01, 2018

Electrical Trades Program Wins National Community College STEM Award

CNM’s Electrical Trades program has been named a winner of the inaugural Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation. CNM will receive an award of $50,000 and is among eight exceptional community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) recognized for providing outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology. Half of this award will be allocated for further program development, and half will be allocated for scholarships to students, known as Siemens Technical Scholars. Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations. Community colleges like CNM are playing a huge role in working to meet this demand. More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually.

IT Apprenticeship Program Expanding to Cyber Security, Medical Coding

CNM’s successful New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (NMITAP) is expanding to include two more fields for apprentices and employers – cyber security and medical coding. CNM has dozens of apprentice candidates in the pipeline and is currently seeking local employers who could be well-served by apprentices in these two fields. Employers who want to participate in NMITAP can now review résumés for apprenticeship applicants and decide who they would like to interview. NMITAP, which is the first registered apprenticeship program for IT in New Mexico, is funded by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. CNM was one of 46 institutions nationwide to receive part of the Labor Department’s $175 million American Apprenticeship Grants Initiative in 2016. The program provides apprentices in IT development; IT security; IT systems; IT user support; and IT health. For more info, visit

SFI Café on Main Campus Doubles as a Business Incubator for Students

CNM and the Street Food Institute (SFI) have cooked up a unique concept that’s delivering tasty treats to delighted patrons while incubating student-owned and small, local foodie startups. The SFI Café, the latest partnership effort between CNM and SFI, opened last month in the bustling Student Services Center on Main Campus, where it serves as a business incubator for current and former culinary students, as well as other small, local startups. Students, employees and visitors of CNM get to indulge in delectable café-style food and beverages while supporting small, local businesses. There are currently four businesses in the SFI Café. Atomic Age Bakery is owned by Kristi Rauth-Snider, who graduated from CNM in 2016 with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Kalamata 505, an artisan bread company, is owned by a current CNM Culinary Arts student, Frossene King.  Lily Marie’s Coffee Company, which offers fresh-roasted and organic coffees from around the world, is owned by former SFI student Nicole Turrieta. And Hundred Hands Coffee is a local startup featuring nitrogen-infused craft coffee and teas. SFI’s interns also prepare daily SFI menu items at the Café. SFI, a non-profit, entrepreneur-focused and workforce training culinary program, is dedicated to inspiring the success of small, local businesses in New Mexico.

CNM Welcomed 2,000 High School Students to Main Campus for College Day

About 2,000 high school students from nearly 40 high schools around the region visited CNM’s Main Campus on Feb. 9 to learn about the wide variety of programs at CNM and what it’s like to be a CNM student. The students got to participate in dozens of hands-on activities and demonstrations, such as drone-mapping demos, welding demos, computer game development, a robot demo, a movie-making green screen demo, fitness stations where students learned about exercise science, and much more. The high school students also learned about all of the services and resources available to CNM students, including high school dual-credit students.

Groundbreaking of Building to Serve CNM-APS Partnership Takes Place Feb. 14

The groundbreaking for the collaborative Joint-Use Facility will take place on Main Campus just east of the Student Services Center on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. The building will be a shared facility with Albuquerque Public Schools and will be the new home for the College & Career High School, the Native American Community Academy charter school and CNM’s Teacher Education programs. A blessing and acknowledgement ceremony will be conducted by the NACA community. To RSVP to attend, email

Complete Associate Degree in Business Administration, Computer Support in 15 Months

Students interested in getting on a fast track to obtaining an associate degree in Business Administration or Computer Support Specialist in just 15 months are invited to attend upcoming information sessions at Main Campus or the Workforce Training Center. The Main Campus Info Sessions will all take place from noon-1 p.m. in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 109 on the following dates: Feb. 14, March 14 and April 18. All of the Info Sessions at WTC (5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE, Albuquerque) will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in WTC 130 on Feb. 20, March 27 and April 24. For more info, go to


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

  • Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • BPW&C, LLC
  • Danielle K. Brown
  • Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Ltd.
  • Arturo Espino-Espinosa and Melissa Gonzales-Espino
  • Joseph and Trish Farr
  • Mr. and Mrs. Don McLeod
  • New Mexico Gas Company
  • Rio Grande Credit Union
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • Elizabeth Wertheim


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