President's Report - January 2012

Jan 01, 2012

CNM Spring Term Under Way

CNM’s 2012 Spring Term began Jan. 9, but registration for full-term classes continues through Jan. 17. 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, short-term schedules with different start and end dates. For course offerings, visit and click on Schedule of Classes. For more info, call (505) 224-3000.

Workforce Training Center Hosts Event on Renewable Job Training Opportunities

On Jan. 21 from 9-11 a.m., the CNM Workforce Training Center will host an informational event about job training opportunities in the renewable energy fields at CNM, Santa Fe Community College and Mesalands Community College. CNM recently opened its Solar Center of Excellence at the WTC, where a U.S. Department of Labor grant is helping to expand CNM’s solar energy training programs. The new Solar Center will provide job training opportunities for over 150 eligible participants, as CNM expands its Solar Thermal Installation and Photovoltaic Monitoring and Maintenance courses. CNM is addressing the need for more solar energy installers, project coordinators and designers in New Mexico, which has become a leader in the solar energy movement. New Mexico is home to more solar-powered installations per capita than any state in the country. Despite the modest population, New Mexico also ranks seventh for installations of power grid connections with photovoltaic capacity. The WTC offers non-credit courses for those just starting out in the renewable energy field and current workers in the field who are seeking to update their skills or obtain professional certifications in renewable energy practices. Representatives from Santa Fe Community College and Mesalands Community College will also be on hand to provide information about their renewable energy job training programs. As part of the U.S. Department of Labor grant effort, SFCC is providing job training programs in the fields of green building, energy efficiency and biofuel technologies. Mesalands will provide info on its job training programs in the wind energy field. For more information, call the CNM Workforce Training Center at (505) 224-5200 or visit The WTC is located at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE in Albuquerque.

Grab Some Breakfast and Help a Student in the Process

From Jan. 24-26, the Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner of Central Ave. and Mesa St., just north of CNM’s Main Campus, will be donating a portion of its sale proceeds to CNM’s Rust Opportunity Scholarship, which provides emergency financial assistance to students facing unforeseen financial difficulties. If you present a flyer from the CNM Foundation upon purchase, 20 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to the scholarship fund. The donation will only take place at the above mentioned Dunkin’ Donuts location and you must present a flyer upon purchase. To obtain a flyer, contact the CNM Foundation at (505) 224-4685 or drop by the CNM Foundation office on Main Campus at 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, in the A Building.

Tax Help New Mexico Prepares to Begin Another Season of Free Tax Preparation

CNM’s Tax Help New Mexico program will open its doors for the upcoming tax season in February. The Tax Help program offers free tax preparation service to New Mexico households that earned $50,000 or less in 2011 and to all those who are age 65 and older. Tax Help New Mexico volunteers, who are certified by the IRS, are trained to help taxpayers take advantage of tax credits they’re entitled to, like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.

Rio Rancho Campus Touted as Example of Excellence

The NAIOP, a national trade association for property developers, recently announced its Awards of Excellence to the top construction and renovation projects of 2011 in New Mexico. The CNM Rio Rancho Campus was awarded as the top education post-secondary instructional building. Last year, the 66,000 square-foot building at Rio Rancho’s City Center was also awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, making it the largest higher education building in the state to receive the gold standard. The LEED rating system is considered the international benchmark for green building design, construction and operations.

Donations Continue

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

  • Dave Anderson
  • Marten Griego
  • Agnes Noonan
  • Mary Chambers
  • Douglas R. Bosomworth
  • Thomas and Stephanie Briones
  • Heartland Financial USA Inc.
  • Helen K. Kerschner
  • Amie K. Lund
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Scholarship America
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • Sarah Brown
  • Paul Cassidy
  • Facility Managers Association of New Mexico
  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Holman's Inc.
  • Klinger Constructors
  • State Farm
  • W.E. Maguire
  • Ruth Marciano
  • Linda Lambert


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd