President's Report - July 2011

Jul 01, 2011

CNM Students Excel at National SkillsUSA Championships

A delegation of 29 CNM students traveled to Kansas City, Mo., last month for the SkillsUSA National Conference and Competition. SkillsUSA is a national organization for students, educational institutions and industry partners promoting excellence in career and technical education, leadership and community involvement. From a total SkillsUSA membership of more than 300,000 students across the country, 6,000 qualified for the trip to Kansas City by winning gold medals in competitions at the state level. Fourteen CNM students finished in the top 10 in their national competitions, highlighted by fourth place finishes for Ben Weiss in the Extemporaneous Speaking event and Jeff Henderson in Welding Sculpture. Other top-10 finishers included: David Harris, Criminal Justice, 5th; Michael Sanchez, Job Interview, 5th; Trevence Bruno, Job Skill Demonstration Open, 6th; Kimberly Hayden; Customer Service, 7 th; Robert Jaramillo, Plumbing, 9th; Gregory Kenneth, Job Skill Demonstration, 9th; Katya Bateman, Crime Scene Investigation Team, 9th; Cody Dear, Crime Scene Investigation Team, 9th ; Christopher Vigil, Crime Scene Investigation Team, 9th; Damian Stone, Welding Fabrication Team, 9 th; Kevin Snow, Welding Fabrication Team, 9th; Lorenzo Goodluck, Welding Fabrication Team, 9th .

Make a Nomination for CNM Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Award

The CNM Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. For many, the road to lifetime achievement began at CNM. The CNM Foundation established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of CNM graduates. This prestigious award serves to recognize CNM alumni who have attained distinction in his or her professional field or life which reflects the mission and values of CNM. Nominations will be accepted until July 22. To make a nomination, call the Foundation at (505) 224-4685.

New Concentration in Wildland Firefighting Starts in Fall

An aging core of firefighters nationwide, a steady demand for firefighters in New Mexico and a growing need to train more firefighters in the dangerous work of fighting mammoth wildfires like the Las Conchas fire has led to the creation of a new degree concentration at CNM. Beginning with fall term, CNM’s longstanding Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science will now have a concentration in Wildland Firefighting. “There is very high demand for wildland firefighters right now,” said Mike Kavanaugh, chair of the program For many years, CNM has offered a wildland firefighting course that, upon successful completion, earns a student basic national certifications to gain seasonal employment working on wildfires. The new concentration in Wildland Firefighting will allow CNM graduates to compete for more coveted, full-time firefighting positions, especially with state and federal agencies. City fire departments, like the Albuquerque Fire Department and Rio Rancho Fire Department, are also looking for more firefighters with wildland firefighting training. Many CNM students in the Fire Science program who have earned the wildland certification are currently helping to fight wildfires across New Mexico.

CNM Fire Science Faculty Member Offers Guidance for Wildfire Safety

Brian Henington, a Fire Science instructor at CNM who has experience fighting hundreds of wildfires, offers a three-step process for preparing and responding to the threat of a wildfire emergency, which is called “Ready, Set, Go.” Ready -- Take personal responsibility and prepare before a wildland fire threatens your home. Create defensible space around your home by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and protect your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe and accessible spot. Plan escape routes. Make sure everybody residing in your home knows the plan of action. Set -- Act immediately if there is a threat of a fire moving toward your home. Pack your vehicle with emergency items and remember the “Six P’s” – people, personal computers, pets, pills (prescription medication), papers and pictures. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and your local fire department. Go -- Leave early! And follow your action plan. Leaving early will not only support your safety, but it will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.

New Pre-Health Sciences Degree Provides New Pathway to Health Fields

To better support all students at the various stages of their progression toward a degree or certificate, CNM has set new requirements for declaring majors in programs that require successful completion of an application/petition process before officially entering the program. CNM is now offering a new major in Pre-Health Sciences (Associate of Arts degree) that does not require an application/petition process. Students who intend to apply for entry into a limited entry health program like Nursing and Respiratory Therapy can now declare Pre-Health Sciences as a major. The Pre-Health Sciences major, which has concentrations in Nursing and other healthcare fields, prepares students to qualify and succeed in the health programs that require successful completion of prerequisites and an application/petition process to officially enter a program like Nursing, Respiratory Therapy or Radiologic Technology. For more info, visit or call (505) 224-4103.

CNM Breaks Ground on New Westside Campus Facility

CNM recently broke ground on a new facility that will house a variety of student services, including the new Westside Campus Library and the tutoring center. The building, which will be the third at Westside Campus, will also be home to classrooms and science and computer labs. In line with CNM's sustainability commitments, the Westside Phase III building is designed to meet at least Silver certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Donations Continue

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

  • $5,000 from Toby Simon for the Judith Adina Simon Scholarship
  • $1,500 from Doug Swift for the CNM Annual Fund
  • $2,500 from Technology Ventures Corp. for the Local Bond Solicitation for Education
  • $1,000 from Jennifer S. Thomas for the CNM Annual Fund


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd