President's Report - September 2017

Sep 01, 2017

CNM Sets New Records for Number of Graduates and Graduation Awards

The numbers are in for the 2016-17 academic year, and CNM has surged to all-time records for number of graduates and graduation awards in an academic year. CNM awarded 13,778 graduation awards (associate degrees and certificates) to 9,075 students, both of which eclipsed previous CNM records. In 2014-15, CNM ranked No. 2 among 1,100-plus community colleges nationwide for the number of associate degrees and certificates awarded with 8,299 (CNM was No. 1 in the country for number of awards earned by Hispanics and Native Americans). CNM’s previous all-time high for total associate degrees and certificates awarded was 9,431 in 2012-13. “This is awesome news for our faculty and staff, our students, our community, and our entire state,” said CNM President Kathie Winograd. “Every time a student becomes a college graduate, it’s a life-changing moment that not only benefits the graduate, but also their family, our community and our economy.” CNM has implemented many efforts in recent years to help more students reach graduation, such as more efficient class scheduling to help students get the classes they need when they need them; shedding course requirements to keep associate degree requirements to 60 credit hours when possible; implementing an early alert system to help struggling students; providing a national-award winning, one-stop hub of student support services at each campus; and many others.

College & Career High School Ranks as 4th Best School in State in Annual Rankings

The College & Career High School (CCHS), a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College, posted the fourth best score in the state and the highest score among APS in the New Mexico Public Education Department’s annual school grading report that was released in late August. CCHS’s 92.9 score was the highest among all APS schools and placed the school fourth on PED’s list of “Highest Performing 100 Schools.” The rankings encompass all of the state’s elementary, middle and high schools. It’s the fourth time in the four-year existence of the CCHS that it has received an “A” grade in the annual rankings. Last year, CCHS was the only school in the state to receive “A” grades in all eight categories of the PED rankings.

CCHS, which allows students to complete their high school diploma while earning college credits toward a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree, opened to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in August 2013. CCHS is located on CNM’s Main Campus. Tuition and textbooks are free to CCHS students.

CNM Named National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

CNM has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense. CNM’s designation is for two-year colleges. Specific two- and four-year colleges and universities are chosen for the award based on their robust degree programs, number of security components and close alignment to specific cyber security-related knowledge units, validated by top subject matter experts in the field. CNM joins nearly 200 institutions of higher education with the distinction. Official letters of CAE2Y recognition are being sent to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, members of Congress and appropriate Congressional committees.

CNM Ingenuity, Local Startup Provide Easy Access to Robot Technology

CNM Ingenuity, Inc., the 501(c)3 enterprise arm of CNM, and Build With Robots, an Albuquerque-based startup, are teaming up to introduce the fast-growing technology of Collaborative Robots (cobots) to central New Mexico’s economy and to those interested in learning about the technology and applications of robots. Build With Robots is housed in the FUSE Makerspace at Innovate ABQ. CNM Ingenuity provides management of robot-related training, including classes, seminars and info sessions. For more info, email

CNM Stepping Up for Community with Historic Fundraising Campaign

CNM recently launched its Step Up Fundraising Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in CNM’s history. It’s also believed to be the largest fundraising campaign in the country for a community college, notwithstanding capital campaigns that seek to fund the construction of buildings. CNM’s Step Up Campaign is seeking to raise $20 million by 2020 to support initiatives focused on graduating more students, improving the quality of the workforce and generating economic development. Visit for more info and to join this important cause.

Smith Brasher Hall Reopens as State-of-the-Art Learning Facility

When CNM opened classrooms to students for the start of the Fall Term, it also reopened a newly renovated Smith Brasher Hall. The 85,438 square-foot, two-story building at the southwest corner of Coal Ave. and University Blvd., originally constructed in 1982, now has 10 classrooms, 10 computer labs, one auditorium, one open computer lab with 80 computers and welcoming lounge spaces with charging ports for student devices. The $24 million renovation, funded by voter-approved bonds, features major upgrades to the building’s technology infrastructure to create the kind of modern technology environment needed to prepare students for the high-tech jobs of tomorrow. The building is home to CNM’s Computer Information Systems programs, as well as business programs. The building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver certification.


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

  • Albuquerque Community Foundation – King Family Endowment
  • Carl and Linda Alongi
  • Steven and Shara Anaya
  • Bank of Albuquerque
  • Bueno Foods/Baca Family
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
  • Robert and Betsy Murphy
  • Pepsi Beverages Company
  • Rush Truck Center – Albuquerque
  • Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union
  • The Boye Foundation
  • The John and Sophie Ottens Foundation
  • Tony and Ann Trujillo
  • Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico, NA


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