President's Report - July 2008

Jul 01, 2008

Students Shine at National SkillsUSA Championships

CNM students continued the college’s tradition of excellence at the 2008 National SkillsUSA Championships that were held June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo. The event, which drew more than 5,000 student competitors in 93 events, is the largest showcase in the nation for outstanding career and technical college students. CNM students won two gold medals, nine silver and one bronze, while seven others finished among the top 10 in their events. CNM’s two gold medalists were Tomomi Miller in Commercial Baking and David Jacobs in Geospatial Technology. CNM students swept the medals in Geospatial Technology, which students learn in CNM’s Geographic Information Technology program. Thomas Elliot won the silver medal in Geospatial Technology and Darryl Del Frate took the bronze. Eric Arellano won silver in Prepared Speech and the CNM SkillsUSA team won the silver medal for Outstanding Chapter, reinforcing CNM’s reputation as one of the top SkillsUSA chapters in the country.

Cameras Rolling on Film Boot Camp for High School Students, Teachers

During the first two weeks of July, CNM’s Main Campus will be buzzing with lights, cameras and action during the second annual High School Film Boot Camp. High school students and teachers are learning the basics of film-making from current film industry professionals. Instruction will include the areas of writing, acting, sound, lighting, grip, filming and editing. CNM is one of several colleges receiving grant money from the state to fund specialized film-training programs for high school students as part of New Mexico’s efforts to attract filmmakers and develop local talent. High school students and their teachers are creating storyboards, shooting scenes and editing the final versions to create their own short film during the boot camp. The program aims to boost the quality of film classes in high schools and give students a head start if they plan to enroll in CNM’s film programs.

New Catalog Addendum, Class Schedules Available

The CNM Catalog Addendum for the 2008-09 academic year and the Fall 2008 Schedule of Classes are “hot off the press.” Free copies are available at any CNM campus and the publications can also be viewed online at The fall term begins Sept. 2 and classes fill quickly, so register early! Registration for continuing students begins July 14 and open registration for new and returning students begins July 31.

City Increases Bus Trips to Westside Campus

The City of Albuquerque and ABQ Ride recently announced changes that will give students at CNM’s Westside Campus more transportation options beginning in August. The frequency of service on the Ventana Ranch commuter route will increase from five round trips per day to five round trips in the morning and seven round trips in the afternoon and evening. In August, the increased bus service will run from 6:15-9:45 a.m. and 2:15-6:15 p.m. The route will drop off at Volcano Vista High School. For more information, visit

South Valley Campus Led by New Director

Annette Chavez y DeLaCruz, former director of CNM’s Job Connection Center, has agreed to a one-year leadership role as campus director for the South Valley Campus. Chavez y DeLaCruz steps in for Art Cordova, who retired as the South Valley Campus director in June after 30 years of service at CNM.

Workforce Training Center to Host High-Tech Job Conference

CNM’s Workforce Training Center will host “Introduction to Jobs for the Future: Laser Optics, Microsystems and Advanced Manufacturing Conference” on Sept. 26. The conference will aim to help secondary and postsecondary education professionals to customize their curricula to meet the needs of New Mexico’s growing technology industry fields. The conference will help educators understand the type of training that will be needed to create a high-quality workforce in growing technology fields, as well as the funding available to implement training programs. Presentations will be made by educational institutions that have implemented successful programs. The conference will also emphasize the need to reinforce the importance of science and math in the educational system. For more information, call the Workforce Training Center at (505) 224-5200.

Change Your Look With Clothing Exchange

CNM’s Job Connection Center will host its second annual clothing exchange, “Choose Something New (to You)” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 18 at the Job Connection Center, located in Room 207 in the Student Services Center on Main Campus. To donate clothes, drop them off from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 7 through July 17 at the Job Connection Center. Some of the clothes accumulated will be provided to students who are in need of clothes suitable for job interviews. Gently used shoes, accessories and clean clothing on hangars are requested. Men’s clothing and plus-sizes are greatly needed. Participants can choose one item for each item they donate. Any remaining clothes will be donated to various charities. For more information, call the Job Connection Center at (505) 224-3060.

Donations Continue

CNM is grateful for the following donations to the CNM Foundation:

  • $9,000 from the N.M. Professional Surveyors Educational Foundation for the James P. Toler Scholarship Endowment
  • $6,383 from N.M. Student Loans for the Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  • $2,500 from Bank of Albuquerque for the Native American Scholarship
  • $1,000 from Special Olympics N.M. for the Special Olympics N.M. Scholarship
  • $1,000 from Air Pro, Inc., for the David Rhutasel HVAC Scholarship Endowment
  • $1,000 from Michael G. Canfield for the American Indian Education Foundation Challenge Grant
  • $2,500 from PNM for the American Indian Education Foundation Challenge Grant
  • $1,100 from United Way of Central N.M. for the United Way Student Success Fund.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd