President's Report - September 2014

Sep 01, 2014

CNM Ranks Near Top of National Graduation Rankings

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 2014 Top 100, CNM ranks in the top 10 in several categories. CNM ranks No. 2 among the 1,100-plus community colleges nationwide for the number of associate degrees earned by Hispanics and American Indians. The rankings review the most current figures available, which are from the 2012-13 academic year. CNM ranks 11th among all community colleges in the country for the total number of associate degrees awarded to students. CNM awarded 3,368 associate degrees in 2012-13, including 1,445 to Hispanics and 204 to American Indians. CNM also ranked third in the country for two-year certificates awarded (3,246) and seventh in the country for one-year certificates (2,817). CNM graduated 6,732 students in 2012-13, which was an all-time high for the college and a 208 percent increase from the 2008-09 academic year.

CNM STEMulus Center Opens Downtown

CNM held its grand opening of the much-anticipated CNM STEMulus Center on Friday, Sept. 5. CNM President Katharine Winograd, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, PNM President and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn and Intel General Manager for Rio Rancho Kirby Jefferson spoke at the event. Visitors at the grand opening toured the STEMulus Center site and learned about the FUSE Makerspace; the IGNITE Community Accelerator; the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp; the Fast Track Business Associate Degree; the PNM Pop-up Pavilion; and more. Intel, a sponsor of the STEMulus Center, demonstrated several “maker” projects that have been created through its Galileo technology, an open source hardware and software development environment designed for makers, students and educators. Intel’s 3-D printers were also on display. The CNM STEMulus Center is offering a new approach to education designed to provide accelerated educational opportunities in key areas and wrap-around support for aspiring entrepreneurs, all focused on spurring economic growth for the region. Visit to learn more.

Community Paramedic Program to Bring Medical Services to Underserved Areas

CNM has launched a new Community Paramedic certificate program aimed at bringing medical services to underserved areas of the state. It’s a new concept that’s taking root around the world. The origins trace back to Nova Scotia, which began experimenting with the idea around 2000 when a physician, who had served two remote islands off the Canadian coast, retired. Paramedics were recruited to fill the gap. Similar efforts are now underway in the U.S., including Alaska, Colorado, North Carolina, Minnesota, the City of San Francisco and soon New Mexico. “New Mexico has many rural and medically underserved areas where the only way people receive the medical care they need is to travel hundreds of miles to Albuquerque or other populated areas, said Sean Haaverson, CNM Emergency Medical Services instructor and Community Paramedic Program founder. In order to participate in the program, students must already have their paramedic licenses and have been working in the field for a minimum of three years. All classes will be done online with face-to-face labs on the weekends. For more information, call the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety at (505) 224-4111.

CNM Foundation Announces 2014 CNM Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Lauri Lineweaver, director of Clinical Practice, Innovation and Research at Presbyterian Health Services, was honored on Aug. 28 as the 2014 CNM Distinguished Alumni Award winner at the CNM Foundation’s annual Donor Appreciation Dinner. She was recognized before a crowd of some 500 CNM donors and guests. Lineweaver, who received her associate degree in nursing at CNM, is now a doctoral candidate in nursing at the University of New Mexico. At Presbyterian, she is responsible for managing and providing training and transformational services to more than 5,000 clinical employees and leaders across nine clinical disciplines in eight hospitals and critical care facilities throughout New Mexico. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, holds a national certification in critical care and cardiac surgery, and has authored more than 14 presentations and articles.

Fall Term Under Way, But Late-Start Classes Still Available

CNM offers a wide variety of condensed courses that begin after the start of the Fall Term, including many that begin on Sept. 15. Visit to see the course offerings.

Donations Continue

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

  • Sally and Ken Adams
  • Albuquerque Business First
  • Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Atkinson & Co. Ltd.
  • Bank of the West
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Bernalillo County
  • Thomas and Stephanie Briones
  • Regina Chavez and Dan Puccetti
  • Michael and Barbara DeWitte
  • Fanning Bard Tatum Architects
  • First National Rio Grande
  • Mark and Ingrid Gorham
  • Mark and Renee Humphrey
  • Natasha Martell Jackson and Prentiss Jackson
  • Sherman and Cathy McCorkle
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • New Mexico Mutual
  • New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union
  • Georgie Ortiz
  • Phil Prevender
  • David and Marilyn Ryerson
  • Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Corporation
  • The Boye Foundation
  • Western Enterprises


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