President's Report - January 2010

Jan 01, 2010

CNM Preparing for a Record Spring Enrollment

With the spring term beginning on Jan. 11, CNM could set a new record for enrollment in a spring term. CNM’s previous all-time high for a spring term was set in spring 2009 when 24,608 students enrolled in credit classes at CNM. As of Jan. 8, CNM’s enrollment was at 24,925. CNM’s all-time enrollment mark was set in the fall 2009 term, when 27,953 students enrolled in CNM classes.

Still Time to Register for Spring Term

The spring term begins Jan. 11 and registration for full-term classes will be available through Jan. 19. Class schedules are free and available in the admissions area at all campuses, at and in the Marketing and Communications Office ((505) 224-4680) on Main Campus. CNM continues to offer a wide variety of scheduling options to accommodate many different scheduling needs. Scheduling choices include evening, night, weekend and online distance-learning classes, as well as many condensed schedules with different start and end dates. For more information, call (505) 224-3160.

High School Student Graduates College Before High School

Zachary Delmore knows what it means to be ahead of the curve. He graduated with his Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from CNM in the fall 2009 term, long before he graduates from high school in May 2010. While a few high school students taking CNM dual credit courses have graduated with associate’s degrees the same term they’ve graduated from high school, the 17-year-old Delmore is the first student to graduate from CNM a term before graduating from high school. Delmore will graduate from the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science, a public charter school, this May. He plans to transfer his college credits to the University of New Mexico, where he will pursue an engineering degree. He’ll begin at UNM as an 18-year-old with two years worth of college credits amassed. CNM’s fast-growing Dual Credit program allows high school students to get a head start on college by simultaneously earning college and high school elective credit. Tuition is free for students in participating school districts and credits are transferrable to other four-year colleges and universities in New Mexico. For more information on CNM’s Dual Credit program, visit or call (505) 224-4238.

Expand Your Know-How with Community Education Classes

CNM’s Community Education classes provide unique, informal, informative, non-credit workshops for adults of all ages who are looking for personal enrichment learning experiences. The Community Education offerings include a variety of topics such as bike mechanics, landscape design, photography, computers, art, culinary, dance and managing your time and money. With top-notch instructors and very reasonable course fees, the program offerings are ever-expanding and changing in response to the needs of the community. Community Education will hold an open house on Jan. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. at the Montoya Campus in the H Building Commons Area. Come learn about new classes, meet the Community Education instructors and find out why they are so passionate about what they teach. For more information, call (505) 224-5243 or go to and search “Community Education.”

TAX HELP at New Mexico’s Service

CNM’s TAX HELP New Mexico – a free tax preparation service for those households earning $50,000 or less and for those who are age 65 and older – is ready to open for its 35th season with 41 locations operating throughout the state. Many sites will open on Feb. 1. TAX HELP New Mexico volunteers, who are certified by the IRS, are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits, including the Earned income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. In 2009, TAX HELP served 30,328 customers and returned more than $22.1 million to the state’s economy in the form of tax refunds. The program also saved New Mexico taxpayers more than $3.1 million in tax preparation fees. For more information, including location and hours, call (505) 224-4TAX or (505) 224-4080.

CNM Day at the Roundhouse

CNM will put some of its services on display for state legislators on Jan. 27, which is this year’s date for the annual CNM Day at the Legislature. The event, underwritten by the CNM Foundation, will allow some CNM students to showcase their skills. Culinary arts students will treat legislators to a delicious brunch of green chile stew and tortillas. Baking students will add their special touch with biscochitos, New Mexico’s official cookie, which will be delivered to legislators on the House and Senate floors. Cosmetology students will provide legislators with relaxing hand and neck massages. CNM’s Outreach Services Office will host information tables in the Roundhouse Rotunda, focusing on CNM’s diverse range of programs.

New Annual Report/Calendar Available

CNM recently published its 2008-09 Annual Report, which doubles as a 2010 calendar. The report highlights some of CNM’s programs, services and partnerships, and it provides charts of CNM budget and enrollment figures. To request a copy, call CNM’s Marketing and Communications Office at (505) 224-4680.

CNM Continues Tradition of Supporting Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

For 20 years, CNM has been providing support for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council’s annual celebration of the MLK holiday. Many community members, including some CNM employees, volunteer time to help the non-profit organization prepare for the popular MLK Day celebration. The Multicultural Council’s mission is to “promote, appreciate and practice an awareness of cultural diversity and human rights.” This year’s “Twenty Years of Pursuing the Dream” event will take place on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 18) from 1 to 3 p.m. at Congregation Albert. The event will include the presentation of scholarships to many area high school students, as well as the presentation of “Keeping the Dream Alive” awards, which are awarded to community members and organizations who strive to promote Dr. King’s legacy of peace, tolerance and justice within our city and state. The “Keeping the Dream Alive” keynote speaker this year is Ron E. Wallace, publisher of New Mexico’s “Perspective Magazine.” The following CNM staff members are serving in a volunteer capacity for the MLK Day celebration this year: Dorothea (Dee) Bluehorse, Academic Advisement; Phillip Bustos, vice president of Student Services; Cynthia Gallegos, High School Aged Program specialist; and Audrey Gramstad, director of Special Projects & Distance Learning. The event is open to all community members and admission is free.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM, and Happy New Year!
Kathie W. Winograd