President's Report - January 2019

Jan 01, 2019

Happy New Year from CNM

CNM wishes you and our entire central New Mexico community a terrific 2019! CNM looks forward to serving the educational and workforce training needs of our community, and contributing to a more prosperous economy for all in 2019.

There’s Still Time to Register for Spring Term

The beginning of the Spring Term is coming up fast, but there’s still time to register and get empowered with a CNM education. The Spring Term begins Jan. 14. Visit and register for the classes you want today!

CNM Hosting Annual College Day for High School Students Feb. 1 

More than 2,000 high school students from around the region will be visiting CNM on Feb. 1 to learn about our wide variety of programs and resources. Students will be able to participate in hands-on activities that will help them better understand the scope of educational and career pathways available at CNM.

CNM Receives Gold Status from NM Family Friendly Business Awards 

The New Mexico Family Friendly Business Awards recognize organizations that have adopted policies that give New Mexico organizations an edge in recruiting and retaining the best employees. CNM received the Gold Level status along with a variety of organizations throughout New Mexico. Organizations were judged on a range of family-friendly policies, such as access to health insurance; paid vacation; making reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees; flexible leave time for parents to attend to their kids’ medical or school needs; ensuring proper breastfeeding spaces; and more.

CNM Named ‘Innovator of the Year’

“Education Dive: Higher Ed,” a leading higher education news publisher, has named CNM as its “Innovator of the Year” for being a trailblazer in the use of blockchain technology, the same technology that spawned Bitcoin. CNM was the first community college in the country to issue digital diplomas to students through blockchain technology. The Innovator of the Year Award was part of the Higher Education Dive Awards for 2018. "Investing in a new technology makes for good headlines, but finding effective uses for the technology is a process that can be daunting. Central New Mexico Community College has been an advocate for blockchain technology and has incorporated it into credential management,” said Hallie Busta, Editor at Education Dive: Higher Ed. CNM delivered the first digital diplomas in December 2017 to a small pilot group of students using blockchain. In August 2018, CNM made digital diplomas accessible to all graduates of the college. The graduates can securely and easily access their free digital diplomas through a smartphone app and independently manage their own, hard-earned credentials. Graduates can securely share their diplomas with employers or post them to social media sites like LinkedIn. With digital credentials, a student will never have to worry about their alma mater going extinct, along with the documentation of certificates, degrees, transcripts and skills they earned along the way. CNM received grant funding in 2018 from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office for blockchain development, such as training blockchain coding instructors and building blockchain services that are available to government agencies.

Nationally Renowned Futurist Talks About Future of Work at CNM Feb. 7

Futurist Dr. Peter Bishop will help you think more creatively and critically about the future of work in a rapidly changing workforce, including educational tools for preparing future employees. Dr. Bishop is the founder and executive director of Teach the Future and he’s an academically trained futurist with over 30 years of global foresight. The event will take place on Feb. 7 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall (717 University Blvd. SE). For more info, email

Do You Have a Bachelor’s Degree and Interested in a Career Change to Teaching?

CNM will host an information session on our Alternative Teacher Licensure program for professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree who are interested in teaching at the K-12 level. It’s a fast-track program that can be completed in as little as four semesters. The info session will take place Feb. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 101 (717 University Blvd. SE). For more info, visit and search “Alternative Teacher Licensure” or email

CNM Instructor Pens Book on Black Love Representations in Film

Brandale Mills, a full-time faculty member in the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, has authored and published “Black Women Filmmakers and Black Love on Screen” that was recently released. The book offers a thorough analysis of how romantic love between Black men and women is portrayed in Hollywood films, specifically from the perspective of Black female filmmakers.


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

  • Cobb Fendley
  • Dr. Mildred E. Langston and Mr. Charles Langston
  • Dr. Vanessa K. Hawker
  • DSRM National Bank
  • Exhibit Solutions of NM
  • Holman’s USA, LLC
  • John and Carolyn Bronisz
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roger Cook
  • Annette Chavez y De La Cruz and Art De La Cruz
  • Elizabeth Wertheim
  • Barbara Silva
  • Danielle R. Sengel
  • Joanne Suffis
  • Jurhee M. Ivy
  • New Mexico Chapter of JACL
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • Precision Surveys, Inc.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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