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President's Report - April 2013

President’s Report
April 2013

♦ CNM Offering 8-Week Fast-Track Courses for Summer Term: For the summer term, CNM will be offering about 20 percent of its course sections in an 8-week format, allowing students to reduce the length of a course by about a month and extend their summer break. A normal summer term course at CNM runs 12 weeks. The 8-week classes, most of which will run from June 3-July 28, will still include the same amount of coursework as a regular 12-week class and more time will be spent in the classroom per week. But for students who are up for a slightly increased load of coursework per week in order to free up more of their summer, then an 8-week course is the way to go. Summer term registration for continuing students is under way. New students can begin registering for fast-track and all other CNM classes offered for the summer term on April 15. For more information, visit cnm.edu/schedules or call 224-3000.

♦ CNM Students Compete in State SkillsUSA Competition: More than 700 students from colleges across the state, including 76 from CNM, competed in the 2013 New Mexico SkillsUSA Competition on April 5. CNM hosted the event with most of the 45 competitions taking place on Main Campus. Industry professionals judged the student competitors on the skills they'll need to succeed in the workforce. The competitions tested students’ skills in areas such as automotive technology, carpentry, culinary arts, masonry, plumbing, residential wiring, and many more. The gold medal winners in each event will advance to the annual National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., from June 24-28. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce for the future. It is a national nonprofit organization serving secondary and postsecondary students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled-service occupations. CNM has a very active SkillsUSA Chapter. In 2008, CNM won the national silver medal in the category of most outstanding SkillsUSA Chapter.

♦ Tax Help New Mexico at Your Service; Open ‘til Midnight April 15 at Main Campus: Tax Help New Mexico is a free tax preparation service for those who had a household income of less than $51,000 in 2012 or anybody who is age 65 or older. Tax Help volunteers are certified by the IRS and are trained to help taxpayers identify tax credits they’re entitled to. Tax Help is operated in partnership between CNM and the United Way of Central New Mexico. For locations, hours and information on documents needed, visit cnm.edu/taxhelp. Tax Help New Mexico sites will be open through April 15 – the Main Campus site will be open until midnight on April 15, the filing deadline.

♦ Students Rallied for Their Community on CNM’s First ‘CNMunity’ Day: CNM’s Executive Council of Students organized the first “CNMunity Day” on Saturday, April 6, when students volunteered their time to service projects in the community. Students met at Main Campus and then were transported to various non-profit organizations in the community to perform service projects. The goal of the effort was to provide students the opportunity to build relationships and participate in community service.

♦ Free Healthy Eating Workshops Available on Tuesdays in April: Get on the path to a healthier lifestyle by attending free, one-hour classes on Tuesdays in April. The nutrition classes are part of CNM’s “Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series” hosted at the Workforce Training Center, which is located near the intersection of Alameda and I-25. All four of the classes listed below will be held from noon-1 p.m. in Room 111 at the Workforce Training Center. To register, call 224-5200 or go to cnm.edu/wtc. The free classes are: April 9 – Food Allergies and Intolerances Myth-buster; April 16 – Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment; April 23 – Going Grain Free: Gluten Sensitivity and Intolerance; April 30 – Nutrition Tips for High Blood Pressure. The classes are part of the Healthy Meals, Fit for Life program that’s funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.

♦ Record Number of Employees Donate to Charitable Causes: A record 635 CNM employees put their caring ways on display during CNM’s Leading the Way Employee Giving Campaign. They will donate $119,628 during 2013 to a wide variety of charitable causes throughout the community, including scholarships for CNM students in need. The Leading the Way program is operated by the CNM Foundation in partnership with the United Way of Central New Mexico. Of the total pledged by CNM employees, around $65,000 was earmarked for CNM scholarships and programs.

♦ CNM Celebrates Women in Non-Traditional Careers: The CNM Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges celebrated the outstanding female students pursuing degrees in careers typically dominated by males at the annual Awards for Women in Non-Traditional Careers on March 26. The awards are designed to acknowledge the successes of female students excelling in non-traditional fields. The awards included: Outstanding Student – Carla Dozal, Construction Management; Outstanding Student – Andrea Gurule, Criminology; Future Leader – Alexxandra Snell, Aviation Maintenance; Student Community Leader/Advocate – Myra Villalobos, Engineering; Student of Promise – Madeline Frost, Biology and Criminology; Student of the Year – Colleen Bultman, Criminal Justice; CNM Employee Advocate – Wayne Woody, Instructor, Machine Tool Technology

♦ Donations Continue: CNM is grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:

  • American Indian Education Foundation
  • Construction Specifications Institute, Albuquerque Chapter
  • Facility Manager Association of New Mexico
  • J.F. Maddox Foundation
  • Frank H. Luna
  • Sherman McCorkle
  • McCune Charitable Foundation
  • Rose’s Southwest Papers, Inc.
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company
  • Judy A. Zanotti and David Davis

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