President's Report - March 2013

Mar 01, 2013

CNM a Finalist for National Student Success Award

CNM is one of five community colleges nationwide named as finalists for the American Association of Community Colleges’ Student Success Award. More than 1,200 two-year colleges nationwide are members of the AACC. CNM was selected for its groundbreaking CNM Connect student-support model and its fast-rising graduation, transfer and dual credit numbers. CNM Connect, which was established in 2011, has been emulated at other colleges around the country and was recently featured in the Community College Times. CNM Connect provides students with a one-stop location to access all kinds of services, including Achievement Coaches, financial coaching and workshops, on-site access to public benefits screenings, access to scholarship applications, stress management and study skills workshops, access to legal services, free tax preparation, referrals to external services in the community for things like childcare and housing, as well as access to all the traditional student support services. CNM has generated significant increases in graduation, transfer and dual credit. In 2007-08, CNM awarded 972 certificates and 1,357 associate degrees. In 2011-12, the numbers spiked to 5,398 certificates and 3,009 associate degrees awarded. In 2008-09, 2,329 CNM students graduated with a degree or certificate. In 2011-12, 6,169 students graduated with a degree or certificate. In 2005-06, 35.2 percent of CNM graduates with Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degrees transferred to a university. In 2009-10, 43.3 percent of those graduates transferred to a university. In 2009-10 (most recent transfer data), a total of 4,055 CNM students transferred to a university. In fall 2007, CNM had 660 high school students taking CNM dual credit classes. In spring 2013, there are more than 2,000 high school students taking dual credit classes at CNM. The AACC Awards program “is designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges.” The winners will be announced at the AACC national convention in San Francisco on April 23.

Mayor Berry Declared Feb. 22 Career Technical Education Day in Albuquerque

Mayor Richard J. Berry spoke to more than 2,000 middle and high school students who participated in CNM’s Career Technical Education Open House on Feb. 22. He also declared Feb. 22, 2013, to be Career Technical Education Day in Albuquerque. It was the first time CNM hosted a CTE Open House. The college put 30 of its CTE programs on display for students, providing demonstrations and some hands-on activities in fields like nursing, welding, aviation maintenance, fire science and laser technology (photonics), just to name a few. CNM offers certificates and associate degrees in 56 CTE programs, all of which are designed to meet workforce needs in the community. Most can be completed in anywhere from one semester to two years. By the year 2018, more than 60 percent of all jobs in the U.S. are expected to require at least a certificate or associate degree. For more information about CNM’s CTE programs, including a list of CTE programs from A to Z, go to

CNM Spring Break Set for March 11-17

No classes will be held during CNM’s Spring Break March 11-17, but campuses and offices will be open. Some services will operate on abbreviated schedules during Spring Break. Visit for more information.

All-State Academic Team Students Honored at Legislature

Six outstanding CNM students who were named to the All-New Mexico Academic Team were recently honored at the New Mexico Legislature. The students were honored by the New Mexico House of Representatives Education Committee and the New Mexico Senate Education Committee, and they were honored on the floors of the House and Senate. After being honored at the Legislature in Santa Fe, they had lunch with CNM President Kathie Winograd. The six students – Melanie Mullens, Steven Fye, Crystal Perea, Natasha Spencer, Adrienna Sanchez and Stephen Martos – will receive scholarships to pursue bachelor’s degrees at the New Mexico public university of their choice, which include the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech and others. The scholarships are valued at $15,000 and cover tuition for four semesters.

Investment Study Can Help Students Save for Education, a House or a Business

CNM is partnering in a scientific study that will allow qualifying students to participate in a program called the “Suncat Savings Challenge.” Low-income qualifying students will be randomly chosen to participate in the study, which will look at the impacts of saving. Students selected will be able to invest in a matched savings account. For every dollar a qualifying student puts into the account, public and private institutions will match the dollar with four dollars. The limit for how much a student could put into the account would be $1,000, which could be matched with $4,000 for a maximum account of $5,000. The accounts are called “Individual Development Accounts,” or IDAs, and were created to help low-income households gain greater financial security. They will be able to use the savings for a house, education or to start a business.

Tax Help New Mexico at Your Service

Tax Help New Mexico is a free tax preparation service for those who had a household income of less than $51,000 in 2012 or anybody who is age 65 or older. Tax Help volunteers are certified by the IRS and are trained to help taxpayers identify tax credits they’re entitled to. Tax Help is operated in partnership between CNM and the United Way of Central New Mexico. For locations, hours and information on documents needed, visit Tax Help New Mexico sites will be open through April 15.

Donations Continue

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

  • American Indian Education Foundation
  • Dave and Maureen Anderson
  • Noel and Frances Behne
  • Doug and Sarah Brown
  • Follett Higher Education Group
  • Sherman and Cathy McCorkle
  • McCune Charitable Foundation
  • Miller Bonded
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Church


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd