President's Report - March 2017

Mar 01, 2017

College & Career High School Accepting Applications for 2017-18

The College & Career High School (CCHS) on CNM’s Main Campus is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. CCHS, a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and CNM, is available to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to pursue a high school diploma and a CNM certificate or degree simultaneously. Students take their high school core classes with APS teachers and take their elective classes as dual credit students at CNM. CNM tuition and textbooks are free to the students and their families, which allows students to save significant time and money on a college education. The CNM college credits also transfer to New Mexico universities, and some CCHS students will transfer to a university after their high school/CNM graduation with enough credits to begin as a university junior. You can learn more about this great opportunity for high school students and their families by visiting or by calling (505) 224-4881.

Electrical Trades Students Named National Siemens Technical Scholars

Three students from Central New Mexico Community College’s Electrical Trades Associate Degree Program were named on Feb. 28 as 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation. CNM students Zachary Esquivel, Chelsea Hartshorn and Ian Bardwell were among 51 exceptional community college students selected from some of the nation’s strongest community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology. Zachary Esquivel and Chelsea Hartshorn are receiving scholarships of $10,000 each, and Ian Bardwell is receiving a $3,500 scholarship. The scholarship funds can be used to continue their education or to pay on existing student debt. The award program emphasizes the enormous value these technical STEM jobs can bring to students and their families. The Siemens Technical Scholars selection committee also sought to identify exemplary programs from top community college that deliver exceptional training for middle-skill STEM jobs. CNM’s Electrical Trades program was identified as a top performer nationally in four primary performance categories: alignment with labor market demand, applied learning opportunities, student outcomes, and equity.

CNM Partners with Navajo Nation to Train Community Dental Coordinators

The CNM School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS) has partnered with the Navajo Nation to train a second cohort of Community Dental Health Coordinators. The American Dental Association is providing funds to cover tuition, fees and books, as well as paying some administrative costs. Some of the Community Dental Health Coordinator students who are currently working in dental or healthcare fields will drive from their home communities in New Mexico and Arizona to CNM on the weekends for classes. They will learn screening, classification and palliative care skills before starting internships. After three terms they will earn their Community Dental Health Coordinator Certificate. Then they'll return to their home communities to help promote oral health wellness and they'll help eliminate many of the cultural, language and sociological barriers that might otherwise impede the effectiveness of coordinators from outside of the region. The Community Dental Health Coordinators can work under a dentist and in partnership with a community clinic.

CNM Students Honored for Earning Spots on All-State Academic Team

Three CNM students have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa New Mexico All-State Academic Team. They were honored at the New Mexico Legislature in Santa Fe on Feb. 27. The students -- Debrilla Rachford, Valerie Gurule and Saday Gonzalez -- introduced themselves in the Education Committee at the Roundhouse and then were congratulated by legislators. The students were also recognized on both the House and Senate floors. To be eligible for the New Mexico All-State Academic Team, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and at least 45 credit hours. They were also judged on criteria such as participation in student organizations, community service, special recognitions and an essay.

New Partnership Brings Electric Lineworker Training Facility to Rio Rancho Campus

CNM, CNM Ingenuity, Inc., and the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NMRECA) have partnered to bring the association’s statewide Lineworker Electric Power Training Facility to the CNM Rio Rancho Campus where apprentices will train to become electrical lineworkers for one of NMRECA’s 19 rural cooperatives across the state. The new Lineworker Electric Power Training Facility will be located on the Rio Rancho Campus. The training facility will be ready by October 2017, in time for NMRECA’s annual fall apprenticeship training session. In addition to NMRECA’s apprenticeship trainings, CNM Ingenuity, a nonprofit that helps CNM pursue cooperative ventures in technology and entrepreneurship, will begin offering a pre-apprenticeship program in January 2018 for people interested in becoming an electric lineworker. The CNM Ingenuity pre-apprenticeship program will also be located at the Rio Rancho Campus and will run between 12 and 14 weeks with an additional 240 hours spent interning with one of the rural cooperatives. NMRECA is moving its training facility Las Cruces to Rio Rancho.

Astronomer to Lecture at CNM March 13

Dr. Patrick Miller, professor of mathematics at Hardin-Simmons University, will be the guest lecturer Monday, March 13, from 4-5:30 p.m. on CNM’s Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Richard Barr Boardroom (Room 204). Miller teaches astronomy at both community colleges and universities. For more information, email Miller conducts astronomy research methods courses at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the International Astronomical Search Collaboration.


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

  • Bruce and Kerry Beebe
  • Noel and Frances Behne
  • John Boydstun
  • Paul and Connie Cassidy
  • Carol Hinton
  • Natasha Martell Jackson and Prentiss Jackson
  • New Mexico Professional Surveyors Southern Rio Grande Chapter
  • NMPS Llano Estacado Chapter
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • The John and Sophie Ottens Foundation
  • Dr. Nancy Ridenour


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