President's Report - June 2015

Jun 01, 2015

Still Time to Register for Summer Classes

CNM’s Summer Term is under way, but there’s still time to register for short-term courses that begin throughout the month of June. View start dates for short-term courses.

CNM, WNMU Announce New Student Transfer Partnership

CNM and Western New Mexico University have partnered on a new student transfer agreement that will lock in current tuition rates and create a seamless transfer pathway for CNM students to pursue bachelor’s degrees at WNMU, whether online or in Silver City. In addition to locking in current tuition rates for CNM students, the agreement waives institutional core requirements and ensures that both schools will make advisement easily available and provide added support for the transfer students. The CNM students who become WNMU students can attend classes at the Silver City campus or enroll in one of the many fully online programs that WNMU offers.

CNM Offering Community Education Workshops on Cooking in June

As part of CNM’s 50th Anniversary celebration, on Saturdays in June CNM will offer culinary workshops on Sizzlin’ Summer Cooking, Hand-rolled Sushi, Healthy Pizzeria, Homemade Salsa and Fresh Pasta. All workshops cost only $50. Go to for more info or to register.

College & Career High School Accepting Applications for 2015-16

The College & Career High School, a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and CNM, allows high school students to take CNM dual credit classes for half of their day and APS classes the other half. CNM tuition and textbooks are free to the students and their families. The CCHS is located on CNM’s Main Campus and just concluded its second year in existence. This spring, 39 students graduated with their high school diplomas – as a senior class, they completed 424 CNM courses totaling 1,273 credit hours during their time at CCHS. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for the school. If you or somebody you know has high school kids who might be interested in CCHS, visit for applications and more information.

Several New Programs Debut in Fall Term

Beginning in August, CNM will launch 12 new associate degree or certificate programs. They include: Environmental Planning and Design Associate of Arts; Bench Jewelry Certificate of Completion; Substance Abuse Counselor Certificate of Completion; Online Teaching and Learning Certificate of Achievement; Electronic Health Informatics Associate of Applied Science; Exercise Science and Wellness Associate of Applied Science; Optical Dispensing Associate of Applied Science; Optical Dispensing Advanced Level Certification Certificate of Completion; Optical Dispensing Basic Level Certification Certificate of Completion; Community EMT Certificate of Achievement; Veterinary Receptionist Certificate of Achievement; and Computer Science Associate of Science. Go to for more information.

Students Learn Web Development Using Virtual Environments

New virtual environment Web Technology and Linux classes provide CNM students real-world learning experiences that will make them ready for the workplace faster. The first classes were offered in the Spring Term, drawing some 100 students in six sections. Paul Clark, Web Technology instructor, said the virtual environment was the result of the purchase of two virtual host servers, each with 32 gigabytes of RAM using federal Perkins Fund grant money. Desktop computers are connected to the servers, giving students the opportunity to produce web pages using real-world content management systems like Plone and WordPress. Learning how to develop web pages with Plone is particularly important because many of the major employers in Albuquerque – Albuquerque Public Schools, Sandia National Laboratories, the City of Albuquerque and CNM – use it.

Student Group Partners with Roadrunner Food Bank to Provide Hunger Relief

CNM’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, is partnering with Roadrunner Food Bank to provide a Mobile Food Pantry for CNM students in need on June 27 at 9 a.m. The food pantry will be located on the south side of the Smith Brasher Hall parking lot on Main Campus, near the bookstore. Students with a valid CNM student ID will be able to receive a box of dry food goods for a family of four on a first-come, first-serve basis. Food will be distributed to the first 50 CNM students. For more information, email Libby Fatta at . Mobile food pantries will also occur on July 25 and Aug. 22.

CNM Opens New Welcome Center on Main Campus

New and returning students have a new option to access information and receive guidance in a convenient manner when they enter the front door of the Student Services Center on Main Campus, thanks to a new Welcome Center. “Students need a potpourri of services, ranging from printouts of their course schedules to signing up for parking passes to looking up basic academic information,” said Jennifer Cornish, multi-campus director. “In the past this usually meant students had to go to three or four places to get assistance. Now, in many cases, they can make a quick stop at the Welcome Center and get their answers in one location.” The goal, she said, “is to provide a welcoming first experience for new students and accurate information to get them on their way.”

Donations Continue

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

  • APWA, New Mexico
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • First National Rio Grande
  • Frontier Restaurant
  • Golden Pride
  • Natasha Martell Jackson and Prentiss Jackson
  • May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • V. Vita and M. Saavedra
  • Doug and Jane Swift


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