President's Report - November 2016

Nov 01, 2016

Registration for 2017 Spring Term Underway

If you know somebody who could benefit from a CNM education, let them know that registration for CNM’s 2017 Spring Term is underway. Classes fill fast, so visit The Spring Term begins Jan. 17.

State’s First IT Apprenticeship Program Ready to Launch at CNM

Several local companies will be on hand at the CNM Workforce Training Center Nov. 18 to sign an agreement to participate in the newly-established New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (NMITAP). The signing is one of hundreds of events across the county held as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week. Each of the companies will agree to hire at least one apprentice and help them develop the skills they need to be productive, flexible and dedicated IT workers. Funded by a $2,999,553 U.S. Department of Labor grant, the program is designed to teach apprentices necessary IT skills with on-the-job training. CNM was one of 46 grantees which received funds through the Labor Department’s $175 million American Apprenticeship Grants Initiative. Besides on-the-job training, participants also take CNM classes funded through the grant.

Apprentices can be first-time college students, current students, unemployed or current workers seeking skills and development. For information on the New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program, please contact the NMITAP Office at (505) 224-5227 or email You can also visit the website at

‘Teacher Cadets’ from Local High Schools Attend CNM Workshops

About 60 students from Manzano and Eldorado high schools who are participating in a “Teacher Cadet” program recently visited CNM and attended workshops in preparation for a CNM dual credit Introduction to Teaching class they’ll be taking in the spring. The high school students who participated in CNM’s first Education Programs College Day took part in four different workshops designed to introduce them to teaching skills and strategies that they will be using as part of their Intro to Teaching dual credit class, a class that counts for both high school and college credit. The “Teacher Cadets” are aspiring teachers. The workshops addressed the skills that the students will need to participate in the practicum part of their course, which includes working with young children. “This type of program is so important to our community as we struggle to address teacher shortages and the need to attract the best of the best into teaching. We hope that this is the beginning of future activities and partnerships to help build a stronger teacher pipeline for New Mexico,” said Catron Allred, CNM’s director of Education Programs.

CNM Awarded Silver Rating for Sustainability Efforts

CNM was recently awarded a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for its sustainability efforts. AASHE administers the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) to which CNM reports. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. CNM received a bronze rating from STARS in 2014.

Large-scale Mock Emergency Preps Students for Real World

About 200 students from six programs in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety responded to a mock emergency situation as a learning exercise in October. The mock scenario involved a domestic violence situation that turned into a deadly shooting on Main Campus. The mock emergency resulted in five casualties and 20 serious injuries, including an attempted suicide by the gunman. High-tech patient mannequins and student actors comprised the victims. A medical helicopter landed in the Student Resource Center lawn to evacuate a mock patient and five ambulances from local agencies were utilized in the drill. Students from the Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Therapy and Radiologic Technology programs put their skills to work and treated patients. Students transported the mock patients to the JS Building, which houses CNM’s medical labs, which served as an emergency room, surgical room and intensive care unit. The CNM Security department also used the drill as a training exercise for the college’s Emergency Operation Plan. Community partners for the drill included: Albuquerque Police Department, Bernalillo County Fire Department, Albuquerque Ambulance Service, American Medical Response and PHI Air Medical.

Theatre Department’s ‘Divorce Dorm’ Debuts in Coal Avenue Theatre Nov. 10

CNM’s Theatre Department will be presenting the premiere of “Divorce Dorm,” written and directed by faculty member Susan Erickson, beginning Nov.10 at CNM’s Coal Avenue Theatre on Main Campus. CNM students serve as actors and will be working on all phases of the production.

“Divorce Dorm” is a contemporary full-length comedy-drama. Witty and caring Family Court Judge Abram is sick and tired of people who “put more thought into buying a pickup truck than they do getting married and having kids.” In a wacky social experiment, he orders four feuding, divorcing couples of all ages to live together in an abandoned convent. He wants them to “do the right thing” regarding their custody battles. “Divorce Dorm” runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights: Nov. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and two Sunday matinees on Nov. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at CNM’s Coal Avenue Theatre (CAT), which is located on the north side of Coal Avenue between University and Buena Vista. General admission tickets are $5. For more information and for reservations, call (505) 224-3593 or email


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

  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Business Environments
  • Carlo, Inc.
  • Economic Forum
  • Fidelity Investments
  • HB Construction, Inc.
  • Virginia Trujillo
  • Jurhee Ivy
  • Shelly I. Moore
  • David and Martha Peercy
  • Kurt and Merri Shipley
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • Mr. and Ms. Thomas E. Swisstack


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