President's Report - September 2016

Sep 01, 2016

Fall Term Is Underway, but Late-Start Classes Still Available

CNM’s Fall Term has begun, but there are still many courses that don’t begin until later in the term, including 12-week classes that start soon. To view classes that are still available, visit, click on “View Courses Now” and look for the “Part of Term” field.

College & Career High School Only High School in NM to Earn All ‘A’ Grades

The College & Career High School, a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College, was the only high school in the state to earn “A” grades in all eight categories of the New Mexico Public Education Department’s annual school grading report that was released last week. Among the individual categories are career and college readiness, graduation rate, opportunities to learn and performance improvements among both the highest performing and lowest performing students. It’s the third time in the three-year existence of the school that it has received an “A” grade in the annual rankings. CCHS, located on CNM’s Main Campus, allows students to complete their high school diploma while earning college credits toward a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree. It’s open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, and tuition and textbooks are free to students. There are currently 145 students attending CCHS. In the spring, 52 CCHS seniors graduated with 2,000 college credit hours, an average of 38.5 college credit hours. Eleven students graduated with a CNM certificate or a CNM associate degree. Many CNM classes are transferrable to state universities. CNM and APS plan to expand the school significantly in the years ahead. For more info, visit

Facility Naming Ceremony for Former Board Member Penny Holbrook on Sept. 13

You’re invited to the naming ceremony of the Penny Holbrook Westside Connect Center on CNM’s Westside Campus. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Michael J. Glennon Building. Please RSVP to . Ms. Holbrook was a valued member of CNM’s Governing Board from 1999 to 2015.

CNM Students Selected for Four-Day NASA Workshop

Four CNM students are among the 328 scholars from around the country who will be attending a four-day NASA-sponsored workshop in September and October. The training is a program of NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS). The CNM students are Isabel Strawn, Boblyn Drummond, Maren Hatch and Christopher Cowgill. Strawn will be going to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The others will have their workshops at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. To be selected, the four students had to take an online class that covered topics such as past and future Mars explorations, research conducted on the International Space Station (ISS), astronomy, climate change, global warming and aeronautics. The on-site workshop at the NASA facility includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts. It culminates with the students forming teams and establishing fictional companies in Mars exploration.

CNM Launches New Physical Therapist Assistant Program

CNM’s School of Health, Wellness, & Public Safety has launched a new Physical Therapist Assistant program this fall at the Westside Campus. A new class of 16 students will be admitted to the program each fall term. Being a Physical Therapist Assistant is an exciting and rewarding career, with opportunities for employment in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care and outpatient facilities. Physical Therapist Assistants provide care under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to restore function to individuals affected by disease or disability. This in-demand profession is well-suited to students with a strong academic background and the desire to make a difference in other people’s lives. The program is six semesters and culminates in an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.

CNM Ingenuity Helps Address Need for More Workers Specialized in Autism Care

CNM Ingenuity and Centria Healthcare are teaming up with the goal of training enough people to fill a projected 300 new jobs in New Mexico. Centria is a healthcare provider that, among its many services, works with children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. The company recently announced that it is moving into New Mexico and is working with CNM to meet its workforce needs. The CNM program will offer hands-on experience to students and give them the knowledge they need to pass the Registered Behavior Technician Exam. People who want to work as RBTs at companies other than Centria can also take the course. RBTs work in home-care environments, in centers or in schools providing one-on-one therapy and behavioral assistance to those diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities.


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

  • First American Bank
  • Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors
  • Intel Foundation
  • Jaynes Corporation
  • Deborah Johnson
  • Helen L. Lopez
  • Lovelace Health System
  • Rick Marquardt
  • Dr. Janice E. Micali
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • The Aspen Institute
  • The Daniels Fund
  • The John and Sophie Ottens Foundation
  • Lynn and Craig Trojahn
  • Western Enterprises


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