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CHSS Student Success Newsletter September 2019

Welcome to Fall Term!

We would like to welcome you to the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) at Central New Mexico Community College. You’ll be receiving this e-newsletter once a month to keep you up-to-date with success tips, information about CHSS and CNM programs and important CNM dates.


The Quickest Way to Graduation


Fill up on 15: take 15 credit hours every term or 30 credit hour every academic year to finish your CNM degree on time.

It pays to finish your degree on time: the faster you complete your program, the more you’ll earn over the course of your life and career.

How will you get your #15toFinish? Late-start or 12-week fall classes start September 23rd and still have openings! Here’s a quick video on how to search for open and late-start sections. Use Degree Works (in the “Graduation” tab in MyCNM) to check your program requirements. Get ahead by making a plan to graduate on time.

Success Tips for Your First Week of Class

  • Many textbooks are on reserve at the CNM Library. Check out a textbook for three hours with your CNM ID card.
  • Come to class less stressed: allow at least 20 minutes to find a parking spot for weekday classes, especially on Main Campus. General parking on campus is free: just register your car with Parking Services on MyCNM. Find CNM’s free parking here. You can look up your class locations here.
  • Have a backup transportation plan. CNM students can give a free ABQ Ride bus pass at the Student Activities Office.
  • Mark important assignment deadlines for your fall classes in your planner or calendar during the first week of class.
  • Are you in an online class this fall? CNM has a self-paced Jump Start class to help you learn Blackboard and a dedicated Distance Learning achievement coach. Check out our Distance Learning student resources here!
  • Plan on attending all classes. Research suggests that missing even one class can lower a student’s final score by as much as one letter grade.
  • Get to know your instructors. Communicate and stay in touch if you need support: the earlier, the better. Visit your instructors’ office hours for help and to get to know them better.


Workplace 2020: Next-Level Skills for the Employee of the Future

The two skills most in demand for the employee of the future, according to a report by the World Economic Forum, are complex problem solving and critical thinking. More than 1/3 of all jobs in 2020 will require critical thinking and complex problem solving.

Classes in CHSS and the Liberal Arts are ideal for developing these skills.

Evening Child Care Resource for CNM Students

Evening child care is available for CNM student parents to study, attend class or meet with instructors! The UNM Children’s Campus offers high quality evening care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers of CNM parents who are Pell-qualified and/or receive financial aid. Child care is free or low cost through the CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents in School) program. Pre-registration is required. Call (505) 277-2132 or email ccampis@unm.edu.


CNM Vocabulary

Graduating With Honors: A distinction (on diplomas, transcripts and at graduation) given to students who graduate with a cumulative GPA between 3.6 and 3.9.

Intersession: Classes offered in a condensed 2- or 3-week format between regular terms. CNM offers three intersessions throughout the calendar year.

Late-Start Class: A 12- or 8-week class in fall or spring term that begins after full-term or 15-week classes begin. Late-start classes require increased commitment as they cover the same content in a shorter span of time, but are a great way to complete degree requirements and get your #15toFinish.

Save the Date: CHSS Events, Dates and Deadlines

Save the Date: CHSS and CNM Events, Dates and Deadlines

September 3rd - First day of fall term
September 16th - Last day to drop a 15-week class without a W and receive a refund
September 23rd - 12-week or late-start classes begin
September 27th - CNM Convocation: campuses closed until 12:30 PM
October 8th - CHSS/MSE Major Mixer and Humanities Open House

Ruby Encinas

From Your School Achievement Coach

Hi my name is Ruby Enciñias. I am the Achievement Coach for the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences. I work with students on setting and completing goals, repairing their academic standing, course repeat requests, and helping students face an academic or life challenge that is impeding their academic success. To schedule an appointment please email me at rubye@cnm.edu.

Ruby Encinias
Achievement Coach
SSC 204, Main Campus

Erin Radcliffe

From Your School Advisor

My name is Erin Radcliffe. I help students plan their programs of study and transfer to four-year institutions. Please set up an appointment to meet with me to talk about your degree and transfer. Have a great term!

Erin Radcliffe
School Advisor
SSC 204, Main Campus,
To set up an appointment, call 224-3588

Central New Mexico Community College

Central New Mexico Community College

900 University Blvd. SE


Call us: 505-224-3000

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