President's Report - October 2015

Oct 01, 2015

Open Registration for 2016 Spring Term Begins Oct. 26

New and returning students can register for the 2016 Spring Term beginning on Oct. 26. Current students who plan to continue taking classes in the Spring Term can begin registering on Oct. 19. The first day of the Spring Term is Jan. 19. To view course offerings for the Spring Term, visit

CNM Honors Victims of Umpqua Community College Tragedy

CNM joined community colleges across the nation in a moment of silence on Oct. 8 at noon to honor the shooting victims from the Oct. 1 tragedy at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. CNM students, faculty and staff held a moment of silence in their classrooms, offices, meetings, and other locations. As a show of support for Umpqua Community College, students, faculty and staff were encouraged to share their support on social media with the hashtag #IamUCC. A large group of CNM employees and students took a group photo just before the moment of silence with signs that read, "#IamUCC." The moment was filmed by KOB TV.

Faculty & Staff Wear Regalia to Campus to Inspire Students to Graduate

Many CNM faculty and staff wore graduation regalia to campus on Oct. 6 as part of Graduation Inspiration, a day-long event highlighting the importance of graduation. Erica Volkers, dean of the School of Communication Humanities & Social Sciences who helped coordinate the day’s activities, said it all started two years ago when a psychology faculty member, Kristin Roush, spontaneously showed up on Main Campus dressed in a cap, gown and hood, and carrying a homemade sign that said, “Graduate! You Know you Want To!” Roush told Volkers, “Wouldn’t it be fabulous if everyone showed up in regalia?” That’s when the idea for Graduation Inspiration was born. In addition to faculty and staff surprising students by wearing regalia on Oct. 6, “flash advisement” tables offered students the opportunity to check on their graduation progress and receive academic advisement.

CNM Awarded $2.9 Million Grant to Create IT Apprenticeships

The U.S. Department of Labor announced in September that it is awarding CNM with a $2,999,553 grant as part of its $175 million American Apprenticeship Grants. Hands-on apprenticeships are proven to be very successful pathways to high-quality, middle-class jobs. “In fact, 87 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their programs, with an average starting wage of $50,000. The return on investment for employers is also impressive – studies from around the globe suggest that for every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation,” the U.S. Department of Labor said in its news release. CNM’s funding will be used to establish the New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program, which will provide apprenticeship pathways in central New Mexico. One of the goals is to create 300 new IT apprenticeships in central New Mexico over the next five years.

CNM’s key partners in this effort are the State of New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Innovate+Educate/Talent ABQ, New Mexico Workforce Connection, New Mexico Technology Council and SUN PATH.

CNM Receives Grant from AARP to Help Women Over 50 Gain Employment

The AARP Foundation recently awarded CNM a grant designed to help women age 50 and older prepare for new careers. The grant will be for $175,000 per year for three years. Part of AARP Foundation’s BACK TO WORK 50+: Women’s Economic Stability Initiative, the grant will allow CNM to expand its reach to older women. It will also participate in evaluations to learn what works in helping them be competitive in the job market. “We have a lot of women ages 50 and older in our community who for one reason or another are low income, under educated and need to work,” said Ann Lyn Hall, executive director of CNM Connect. “This grant will help us identify these women and train them for jobs that will build their financial capability to make sound decisions that reduce debt, rebuild savings and pave the way to greater financial stability.” Anyone can sign up for an information session. For more info, call AARP Foundation’s toll-free number at (855) 850-2525.

Kirtland Fuel Spill To Be Topic of Discussion as Part of ‘Water in the Desert’ Series

Dr. Dennis McQuillan, geologist for the New Mexico Environment Department and technical lead for the Kirtland Fuel Spill Remediation Project, will speak about his work on the spill and similar endeavors with the Animas River cleanup on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 6-7 p.m. on Main Campus in the Student Resource Center, Room 204. His talk is part of the ongoing CNM’s “Water in the Desert,” an eight-week education series hosted by the CNM Sustainability Curriculum Committee to raise awareness among students about water resource issues. Each week through November, learning opportunities will be available through films, seminars and on-campus service activities relevant to a specific water issue. Visit for a full schedule of events.

Students Invited to Compete in CNM-UNM Mobile App Contest

CNM student teams have until Oct. 31 to sign up for the CNM-UNM Mobile App Contest, with the opportunity to win up to a $5,000 first prize. The contest provides CNM and UNM students a real-world opportunity to develop and apply coding skills toward the creation of useful apps for the community. They’ll be able to tap into UNM and the City of Albuquerque’s open data repositories. The contest will also provide motivated students with support to commercialize worthy apps. “This is the third year of the contest but the first year CNM students can participate,” said John Mierzwa, head of CNM’s Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp at the STEMulus Center. “It will be a lot of fun with the potential for students to win big prizes.” The Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp is a 10-week (40 hours per week) web development bootcamp taught at the CNM STEMulus Center in downtown Albuquerque. Students learn the fundamentals of modern web development and coding to build great websites, software and apps. Students can learn more about the contest at

Donations Continue

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

  • Hugh and Helen Woodward Foundation
  • Mark Humphrey
  • Kirk Meyer and Kristy Ott-Meyer
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery


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