President's Report - November 2011

Nov 01, 2011

CNM, UNM Awarded Joint Grant to Support STEM Education

CNM and UNM have been awarded a joint-grant by the U.S. Department of Education to support and improve pathways for students to pursue degrees in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The $4.2 million grant, part of which will be allocated to each institution, is called the UNM CNM STEM Undergraduate Pathway (STEM UP) project. This grant-funded effort intends to address a significant need in New Mexico and across the country for more graduates in the STEM fields. It will also support efforts to increase the numbers of Hispanic students and low-income students entering these fields of study. The UNM CNM STEM UP project will create more transfer initiatives and student transfer articulation agreements in the STEM fields that will allow students to begin their STEM education at CNM and then seamlessly transfer to UNM to finish a bachelor’s degree. Both institutions will provide students interested in pursuing STEM degrees with support services specifically designed for the STEM UP program, including academic advisement, tutoring and peer mentors. CNM’s Student Services Division will administer the grant at CNM, and UNM’s Office of Student Services will administer the grant at UNM.

CNM Awarded $500,000 Grant for Expansion of Solar Energy Training

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded CNM with a $500,000 grant to expand the college’s photovoltaic and solar thermal training programs at the CNM Workforce Training Center (WTC), located at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE. CNM recently held a grand opening ceremony for its Sustainable Technology Lab at the WTC, where the photovoltaic and solar thermal training programs are housed. The one-year grant will provide job training opportunities for over 150 eligible participants, as well as support the expansion of existing curriculum and the establishment of new curriculum for the Solar Thermal Installation and Photovoltaic Monitoring and Maintenance courses. This grant is intended to address the need for more solar energy installers, project coordinators and designers in New Mexico, which has become a leader in the solar energy movement. In 2010, New Mexico was home to more solar-powered installations per capita than any state in the country. Despite its modest population, New Mexico also ranked seventh in 2010 for installations of grid-connections with photovoltaic capacity. The WTC currently offers workforce training (non-credit) courses for those just starting out in the renewable energy field and current workers in the field who are seeking to update their skills or obtain professional certifications in renewable energy practices. Successful completion of the courses also provides students with the opportunity to take the “Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge” exam for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). For more information on photovoltaic and solar thermal classes at the WTC, call (505) 224-5233 or (505) 224- 5200.

CNM Seeking New Faculty for Nursing Program

CNM is seeking to hire new part-time and full-time instructors for the college’s popular nursing program. For qualified candidates interested in pursuing these opportunities, please visit

Habitat for Humanity Thanks Electrical Trades Students

During this fall term, students from CNM’s Electrical Trades program performed community service by working on electrical wiring projects in a Habitat for Humanity house. On October 13, the students were presented with a tile from Habitat for Humanity to thank them for their help on the project. The organization works in partnership to build and renovate affordable housing for those in need. The students worked together on a house that will be dedicated within the next few weeks to a family in the area in need of housing. “I’ve always encouraged students to get involved with their community whether you’re coaching little league, your church, your city, your county, get involved with your community,” said Alain Archuleta, CNM Electrical Trades instructor, during the tile award ceremony. “This is just a good example of how.”

Open Registration for Spring 2012 Term Begins Nov. 28

CNM’s 2012 spring term begins Jan. 9 and early registration for continuing students is under way now. Open registration for the spring term begins Nov. 28. For a complete schedule of classes for the spring term, visit For more information, call (505) 224-3000.

CNM Holds Fall Graduation Ceremony Dec. 10

CNM’s Fall 2011 Graduation Ceremony will take place at Tingley Coliseum on the grounds of EXPO New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 10, at noon. The event is free and open to family, friends and supporters of the graduates.

MRCOG Awarded Grant to Improve Transportation Issues Around CNM, UNM

The Mid-Region Council of Governments was awarded a second grant from the Federal Transportation Administration to help improve transportation issues around the main campuses of CNM and the University of New Mexico. The $400,000 grant will go toward replacing or improving aging buses, building or improving bus terminals and other transit facilities, installing bus-related equipment and conducting studies to help communities decide upon the best transportation infrastructure to meet future needs. The grant will also be used to help identify ways that CNM and UNM can collaborate to improve parking issues, explore new and improved transit connections to the CNM-UNM area and consider transportation and parking issues when making future land-use plans.

Donations Continue

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

  • Best Buy
  • Bridger & Paxton Consulting
  • Michael Freccia
  • PNM
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • US New Mexico Federal Credit Union


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd