President's Report - October 2016

Oct 01, 2016

CNM No. 1 in Nation for Conferring Degrees to Native Americans; No. 6 Overall

Every year, Community College Week reviews U.S. Department of Education data to compile its national list of Top 100 Associate Degree producers. In its just released 2016 Top 100 (which reviews the most current figures available from the 2014-15 academic year), CNM ranks No. 1 among all community colleges and associate degree-granting universities in the country for the number of associate degrees earned by Native Americans, and No. 2 among all community colleges (No. 5 when associate degree-granting universities are included) for associate degrees earned by Hispanics.

CNM awarded 333 associate degrees to Native Americans in 2014-15 (an 87 percent increase from 2013-14) and 2,172 to Hispanics (68 percent increase). CNM ranks No. 6 in the country among all community colleges for overall associate degrees awarded (No. 10 when universities are included). CNM awarded 4,974 associate degrees in 2014-15, which constituted one of the largest percentage increases from the previous year in the country (a 56 percent increase from the 3,179 associate degrees CNM awarded in 2013-14). CNM also ranked No. 3 among all community colleges for the number of two-year certificates awarded and No. 4 among all community colleges (No. 9 when universities are included) for total associate degrees awarded to minorities. There are more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide. And there are more than 300 four-year institutions that grant associate degrees.

Students Take First Place in Hackathon, Win Six-Week Internships

CNM students, along with teammates from the University of New Mexico, took home the top three prizes at a recent hackathon for budding computer programmers hosted by Rural Sourcing, Inc. (RSI). On Sept. 30, the students participated in the four-hour hackathon, coding at high speeds to come up with innovative projects in a limited timeframe. The top team, “CNM Web Dudes,” won the opportunity to participate in a six-week paid internship at RSI. The hackathon is a way for the company to find qualified, talented students for possible employment. RSI is an Atlanta-based IT outsourcing company that recently opened an office in Albuquerque. The first place team of “CNM Web Dudes” included Andrew Kapuscinski, Eduardo Vazquez, Israel Montoya and Stephen Gralton. The second place team, “Player1,” was a mixed team of CNM and UNM students: Kim Huynh, Anthony Galczak from UNM and Chris Batista and Eric Rector from CNM. Third place went to “Code Raptors,” a team including Christina Sosa and Giles Sandoval, both of whom completed the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp at the CNM STEMulus Center, and Jianzheng (Jenny) Zheng, a UNM graduate. During the four-hour competition, the teams were given 10 images and accompanying text files with a goal of creating a website, mobile app, game or other application.

Employees Wear Regalia to Inspire Students on Graduation Inspiration Day

On Oct. 4, faculty and staff surprised students by wearing graduation regalia to campus as part of CNM’s third annual Graduation Inspiration Day. The event is a way for CNM employees to show their support for the importance of graduation. CNM also set up flash advising stations, where students could get degree audits to see how close they are to graduating.

Girl Scouts Visit CNM to Learn About Electricity

The usual busy sounds of CNM’s Electrical Trades labs were recently replaced with children’s laughter and cheering. Nineteen girls aged 7-13 visited the School of Applied Technologies to learn about electricity and the work of electricians, and they had a good time all the while. They were members of three different Girl Scout troops. Led by Electrical Trades faculty Denise Ojeda and Eric Barros, they participated in the inaugural session of G.G.R.I.T.T. (Getting Girls Ready in Technology & Trades), designed especially for them. The activities started in a festive balloon-decorated classroom where the girls participated in a presentation on history, application and fun facts about electricity. They then applied what they learned in a myriad of activities, including working on simulators, running wire and forming three inch diameter metal conduit using a Greenlee electro-hydraulic table bender purchased recently using Carl D. Perkins grant funds. Ojeda said the event was inspirational for her, “because the girls had such child-like curiosity, and were so engaged and interested in learning.”

Military Veterans Invited to VA Day at CNM on Oct. 12

Military veterans are invited to meet with a VA claims representative and attend VA/CNM information sessions on Oct. 12 during VA Day at CNM. The VA/CNM information sessions will cover VBA Claim Overview, GI Bill, VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, and CNM’s Veteran Services. The sessions will take place at Main Campus in the Student Services Center at the following times:

  • 8:30 a.m. in SSC 202
  • 10:30 a.m. in SSC 205
  • 1:30 p.m. in SSC 205

Veterans can meet with a VA claims representative from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 224-3000.


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

  • Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Melissa Armijo
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cliff E Blaugrund
  • Laura Bresson
  • Fanning Bard Tatum Architects
  • Homewise Inc.
  • La Montanita Food Co-op
  • Steven and Jane Lindemann
  • Helen L. Lopez
  • Pepsi Beverages Company
  • Radiology Associates of Albuquerque
  • Marilyn Toler
  • United Way of Central New Mexico
  • Wal-Mart Foundation
  • Clint B. Wells


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