President's Report - September 2008

Sep 01, 2008

CNM, APS, UNM Join Forces to Increase Student Success

CNM, Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico signed a landmark Memorandum of Agreement on Aug. 29 aimed at improving the public education system in Albuquerque and creating a more seamless educational experience that will lead to more opportunities and more success for students at all levels. Considered to be a groundbreaking agreement on a national scale between a public K-12 school district, a community college and a university, this forward-looking agreement has raised the bar for educational collaboration in New Mexico. Some of the joint initiatives among the three institutions include: expanding dual-credit opportunities; developing partnerships for expanding Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language and college preparation programs; sharing appropriate data to improve and coordinate policy decisions to support student success; increase professional development opportunities for APS teachers and administrators by using CNM and UNM resources; develop an education information hotline for students and families that will provide information about APS, CNM and UNM; explore innovative opportunities for joint cost-saving initiatives and seek out grants that could benefit all three organizations.

Convocation Rings in New Academic Year

CNM’s first Convocation last year was such a success, the college will kick off the new academic year with its second Convocation on Sept. 12 at the University of New Mexico’s Popejoy Hall. The festive event will bring together all CNM faculty and staff to celebrate CNM’s Strategic Direction vision of “Changing Lives, Building Community.” A variety of CNM students and representatives from community organizations will speak about the college’s unique ability to change lives for the better and contribute to a stronger community. After Convocation at Popejoy Hall, CNM faculty and staff will attend a picnic at Roosevelt Park near Main Campus. All CNM offices will be closed and classes cancelled on Sept. 12 until 1 p.m.

It’s Not Too Late to Register for Short-term Courses

Full-term classes for the fall term began Sept. 2, but CNM has hundreds of late-starting, short-term courses that have start dates throughout the fall. CNM has courses that can fit almost any schedule, including night, weekend and distance learning courses. For more information, call (505) 224-3487.

CNM, Institute of American Indian Arts Sign Agreement

CNM and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) implemented a “2+2” agreement that will allow CNM students who earn an associate’s degree in fine arts to transfer their credits into the bachelor of fine arts studio arts program at IAIA. The “2+2” agreements allow students to take the first two years of coursework in a particular field of study at CNM and then transfer to a four-year institution to complete the final two years of a bachelor’s degree. CNM has forged four “2+2” agreements with the University of New Mexico over the last year in the areas of business administration, liberal arts and university studies.

New Aviation Program Takes Students to New Heights

CNM has received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to start the Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Program. The seven-term program teaches students about the airframe of planes and helicopters, including how to weld sheet metal and work with rivets to repair frames. It also teaches students about the “powerplant,” or the engines. Students learn about gas and jet engines. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Airframe and Powerplant licensing exam from the FAA. Students who earn this license can work in airframe manufacturing, the airline industry and for companies that repair airplane parts.

High School Students Discovering Value of Dual Credit

A record number of high school-aged students (938) have enrolled in CNM’s Dual Credit Program this fall. That’s a 36 percent increase compared to last fall. CNM’s Dual Credit Program, which is the largest in the state, allows high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to take college classes at CNM that count for both high school and college credit, which allows high school students to get a head start on college while saving money.

CNM Instructor and Student Featured in ABQ the Magazine Cookbook

Culinary arts instructor Joyce Woodard and CNM alumnus Gary Kent are among the featured chefs in Albuquerque the Magazine’s “Our Favorite Recipes” cookbook. The cookbook features recipes that have been showcased in the magazine’s “My Favorite Recipe” section. Woodard, who has taught at CNM for 20 years, will have her Cajun Cake recipe featured in the cookbook. Kent, who was featured in the magazine last year after winning a national college culinary event, will have his Pork Tenderloin Roulade with Blueberry Anisette Glaze recipe included in the cookbook. To purchase your copy of the “Our Favorite Recipes” cookbook, go to The book will also be available soon at local retailers in Albuquerque.

CNM Hires New Marketing Director

Alexis Kerschner, former vice president of public relations for prominent New Mexico advertising agency Rick Johnson & Company, became CNM’s marketing and public relations director on Aug. 25. Kerschner currently serves as Lieutenant Governor for District 12 of the American Advertising Federation and she’s a past president of the New Mexico Advertising Federation.

College Continues to Build Green Momentum

CNM recently added its first hybrid vehicle – a Toyota Prius – to the college’s fleet as the college continues to focus on lessening its impact on the environment. CNM has plans for adding two more hybrids to the fleet in the near future. CNM also has ambitious plans for the Montoya Campus Bookstore that is under construction and the Student Resource Center that is scheduled to break ground on Main Campus late this year. CNM is aiming for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for both. LEED is “the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council.


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd