President's Report - January 2018

Jan 01, 2018

Spring Term Begins Jan. 16; Register Now

Start the New Year off right by registering for CNM classes. The Spring Term begins Jan. 16 and open registration is underway. You can view Spring Term courses at and register today.

CNM to Lead NM Ethics in Business Awards Program into Future

CNM is the new owner and manager of the popular New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards. The Samaritan Counseling Center, which had been the owner and manager of the awards, has closed its operations and was seeking a good steward to take over the awards program. CNM, CNM Ingenuity and the CNM Foundation will be involved and will expand the influence of the awards program that honors businesses, non-profits and leaders. Proceeds from the annual event will fund scholarships in the CNM Foundation that will be awarded to students who are dedicated to ethics and an ethical career, and to support the development and delivery of ethics training programs through CNM Ingenuity. Ingenuity plans to begin offering the ethics training programs after the awards event in April 2018. Students from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management will remain involved in the evaluation process for the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards. Evaluation of nominations, which are well underway for the April 2018 event, are reviewed and vetted by the Ethics in Business Awards Nomination and Screening Committee. Finalists for awards go through an additional Q&A process led by students who were in Business Ethics courses during the 2017 fall term in the UNM Anderson School of Management. Winners for 2018 will be announced at the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards event that will be held on April 25 at Sandia Resort. For info on tickets, sponsorships and tables, contact the CNM Foundation at (505) 224-4685.

Applications Being Accepted for Next IGNITE Community Accelerator

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2018 IGNITE Community Accelerator, an entrepreneurial accelerator that helps fledgling businesses grow up fast. The Accelerator program, which is operated by CNM Ingenuity and will be held at the CNM Workforce Training Center, will take place on 10 consecutive Fridays beginning March 16. The IGNITE Accelerator is an intensive, 10-week program designed to lift early-stage businesses to greater heights while generating momentum for the region’s entrepreneurial and economic development efforts. John Cousins, CEO of MBA ASAP, will be the program facilitator. Open to developing businesses and early startups, the IGNITE Community Accelerator provides each business owner with business services and support valued at more than $15,000, which includes personal business coaching and mentoring by a successful entrepreneur in a similar field. Participating businesses get to take advantage of IGNITE services that include: up to 30 hours of one-on-one business coaching; 10 hours of business workshops; 48 hours of intense business training; access to co-working space at the Workforce Training Center throughout the 10-week program; access to the FUSE Makerspace to help with prototype development if needed; support in developing a 100-day tactical plan for the business after the Accelerator is over; and additional coaching after the program to help with implementing the 100-day tactical plan. For more information and to apply, visit

CNM First Higher Ed Institution in NM to Offer Competency Based Program

CNM is the first post-secondary institution in New Mexico to be accredited to offer Competency Based Education (CBE) programs. CNM was recently approved for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and will offer its first CBE program, the Retail Management Certificate, in the 2018 Spring Term. A steering committee of 14 faculty and staff members from across the college spent nearly four years creating CNM’s CBE program and getting it approved by the HLC. Competency-based curriculum is personalized learning for students. It changes the core requirements for earning credit from the amount of time spent in a classroom (i.e. a semester-long course) to the level of knowledge the student has gained. In the competency-based curriculum model, students can move on to the next level of learning or coursework when they have mastered the necessary knowledge and skills. CNM’s CBE courses will be offered in seven-week blocks within the existing term structure. Courses are online and shorter than typical semester length. CNM is preparing to also seek approval from the HLC to offer the Business Administration Associate of Applied Science Degree in a CBE format.


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

  • Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Steven and Shara Anaya
  • Anderson Farms Equity Partners, LLC
  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Bradbury Stamm Construction, Inc.
  • Phillip and Joan Bustos
  • Michael and Becky Canfield
  • Century Sign Builders
  • CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Carl and Kathleen Diegert
  • Rich Diller
  • Vanessa K. Hawker
  • LaDonna and Paul Hopkins
  • Shad and Lisa James
  • Deborah Johnson
  • Mary Keane
  • Natasha Martell Jackson and Prentiss Jackson
  • Don and Connie McLeod
  • Georgie Ortiz and Fred C. Arfman
  • PNM
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • Lewis A. Suber
  • Joanne Suffis
  • Virginia M. Trujillo
  • Deborah Walters
  • Peter and Ann Ziegler


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