President's Report - May 2014

May 01, 2014

College & Career High School Accepting Applications for 2014-15 Academic Year

The College & Career High School, an innovative dual credit high school operated in partnership by CNM and Albuquerque Public Schools, is accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. The first class of graduating seniors from CCHS was celebrated at CNM’s Spring Graduation Ceremony on May 3 at Tingley Coliseum. The CCHS grads are exiting the school with plenty of college credits on their transcripts, ranging from 12 credit hours to 39. The dual credit high school, located on CNM’s Main Campus, was opened in August 2013. Students at CCHS spend half of their day taking APS classes, and the other half taking CNM dual-credit classes, which count for both high school and college credit. The college courses can be transferred to public universities across the state. Through CNM’s popular Dual Credit program, there is no cost to the student for tuition or books, which can save thousands of dollars on a college education. The goals for the CCHS students are to either earn a certificate of associate degree from CNM by the time they graduate from high school or have enough college credits to enter a university as a junior when they leave the high school. The number of CCHS graduates is expected to jump to 50 next spring and even more the following year. Go to for more information about the school or call 224-3000.

Summer Term Begins May 19

Open registration is continuing for CNM’s Summer Term, which begins May 19. Go to to see course offerings.

CNM Offering Accelerated Associate Degree in Business Administration

For students interested in getting on a faster track to an associate degree in Business Administration, CNM is offering an accelerated program that will begin with an initial cohort of students in the 2014 Fall Term. Applications are now being accepted. Interested students are invited to attend upcoming information sessions. Here is the schedule of information sessions, all of which will be held on Main Campus in Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100: May 29 at 11:30 a.m.; June 25 at 5:30 p.m.; July 9 at 11:30 a.m.; July 17 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, go to and search “Accelerated Business Degree,” or email

Fire Sciences Program Helps Prepare Volunteer Firefighters for Looming Fire Season

As this year’s forest and wildland fire season heats up, CNM Fire Sciences instructor Brian Henington is leading an effort to provide volunteer firefighters around the state with the knowledge they need to battle blazes while staying safe. He’s been traveling to different parts of New Mexico, giving volunteer firefighters refresher courses and courses specific to wildland firefighting. “Given the current dry, windy and warm conditions, New Mexico fire managers are facing a grim and potentially extreme situation,” Henington said. These courses are designed to keep the volunteer firefighters ready to combat the fires.” Henington and several other instructors in the Fire Sciences program are providing the classes to volunteer fire departments free of charge thanks to a $56,000, three-year contract CNM has with the New Mexico State Forestry Department. CNM is receiving the money from the state to provide the classes. Since January, Henington has provided trainings for seven different volunteer fire departments in New Mexico.

CNM President Announces Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients

CNM President Katharine recently announced 11 recipients of the CNM Distinguished Faculty Award. This new program honors one of the college’s greatest assets – faculty. The CNM Distinguished Faculty Awards program was established earlier this year to recognize a full-time and part-time faculty member from each CNM school for their outstanding achievements and contributions to teaching and service. Honorees were nominated by their colleagues and then all nominees were required to fill out a detailed application. Finally, a team from each school evaluated the nominees and selected the award winners. The recipients are: Mark Danley, full-time instructor in the School of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE); Paul Dow, part-time instructor in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS); Anita Evans, full-time instructor in the School of Adult & General Education (SAGE); Ronald Forstbauer, part-time instructor in the School of Applied Technologies (AT); James Gore, full-time instructor in AT; Anna Griego, part-time instructor in MSE; Kathleen Kaestner, full-time instructor in HWPS; Khaled Kassem, part-time instructor in the SAGE; Mark Love-Williamson, part-time instructor in CHSS; Carol Rogers, full-time instructor in the School of Business & Information Technology; Kris Roush, full-time instructor in CHSS.

CNM Instructor and Three Dual Credit Students Develop Anti-DWI App

Sandoval County’s new anti-DWI phone app launched May 7 with a celebration at the Sandoval County Administration Building. A CNM instructor and two of her dual credit students from Independence High School in Rio Rancho are the faces behind it. Marla Peters, a CNM instructor, was asked earlier this year by a Rio Rancho Public Schools official if she and some of her students at the alternative high school could develop a computer game. She said no to the game, but asked, “How about an app?” Intrigued by application software that causes a computer to perform useful tasks beyond the running of the computer itself, she hooked up with consultant Dr. Rod Sanchez, owner of the digital media company Purple Neuron, to come up with a plan. He was awarded a grant from the New Mexico Public Education Department to increase use of digital media in the schools. When Peters started working with digital media, her friend Diane Irwin, a former Independence High School counselor and current Sandoval County DWI and Prevention Program Manager, suggested a partnership between the two organizations. They decided to do an anti-DWI app. Then it was up to the kids – Erick Pino-Perez, John Singletary and Tristan Proztman, three high school seniors interested in digital media. The app links to a blood alcohol calculator, support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, counselors and a YouTube site where anti-DWI PSAs are aired.

Donations Continue

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

  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Richard and Linda Barr
  • Debbie Johnson
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • Joseph and Sandy Varro
  • Tricore Reference Laboratories


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