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President's Report, July 2013

President’s Report
July 2013

§ APS-CNM High School Accepting Applications for Upcoming School Year: High school students and families interested in the new College and Career High School, which is being operated through a partnership between CNM and Albuquerque Public Schools, can apply to enroll for the upcoming school year. To apply for admission into the school, go to www.aps.edu/aps-cnm. More information about the school and a list of frequently asked questions are also on the site. The College and Career High School will provide students with a curriculum that focuses on dual credit opportunities, allowing students to graduate from high school with a CNM certificate, associate degree or enough college credits to enter a university as a junior. The school will operate on CNM’s Main Campus. Students will spend half of the day in high school classes taught by APS teachers, then spend the other half of the day in CNM college classes. CNM will offer students at the school educational pathways that lead to high-quality jobs in the region. And students at the school will take advantage of CNM’s longstanding Dual Credit program, which allows high school students to take CNM college-level classes that count for both high school and college credit. There is no cost to the student for tuition or textbooks, which can save thousands of dollars on a college education.

§ Open Registration for Fall Term Begins July 22: Open registration for the fall term begins July 22. Classes fill quickly, so map out your classes now. CNM’s Schedule of Classes for the fall term is available at www.cnm.edu. The fall term begins Aug. 26.

§ CNM Students Excel at National SkillsUSA Championships: Two CNM students earned medals at this year’s National SkillsUSA Championships, continuing CNM’s long tradition of outstanding performances at the annual event. Nearly 6,000 career technical education students from colleges and high schools around the country put their skills to the test in Kansas City, Mo., June 25-28. Seventeen CNM students qualified for the national competition by winning gold medals at the state level. Nine of them placed in the top 10 of their competitions at the national event and seven more placed in the top 20 of their events. Solomon Hill-Burke, a Transportation Technology major, won a gold medal in extemporaneous speaking, and Lesia Luviano, who is double majoring in Transportation Technology and Metals Technology, won a silver medal in the welding sculpture competition. The other student competitors and their areas of competition included Allen Arrellano, welding; Benjamin Chavez, electrical construction wiring; Edgar Coyle, cabinet-making; Rozlyn Griego, customer service; Kimberly Hayden, job interview; Christopher  Lucero, plumbing; Michael Mortimer, electronics technology; John Pierson, architectural drafting; Gabriel Raab-Faber, job skill demonstration; Rene Reyes, computer maintenance technology; Patrick Sanchez, industrial motor control; David Silva, power equipment technology; Alexxandria Snell, aviation maintenance technology; Jason Stanley, HVAC; and Alexander Weaver, precision machining technology. More than 20,000 students, teachers, educational leaders and representatives from 1,100 national corporations, trade associations and business and labor unions participated in this year’s National SkillsUSA Championships, which is the largest showcase of career technical education students in the country.

§ Tax Help New Mexico Generates $19 Million in Refunds: Tax Help New Mexico, operated by Central New Mexico Community College and United Way of Central New Mexico, prepared 31,478 tax returns and generated $19.2 million in tax refunds for 19,700 New Mexicans this year. The statistics were announced at a recent lunch honoring the nearly 200 volunteers who helped people across the state prepare tax returns for free this tax season. CNM developed the curriculum and provided the training for the volunteers and United Way of Central New Mexico arranged for the statewide sites for the tax return preparations. Volunteers are certified by the IRS.

§ Jeannette Stromberg Hall Renovation Earns LEED Gold Certification: The newly renovated Jeannette Stromberg Hall on Main Campus has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is considered the national benchmark rating system for high-performance green buildings. The instructional building earned LEED points on a variety of fronts. The design promotes much greater water efficiency, reducing potable water consumption by 38.76 percent through the use of low-consumption and high-efficiency water fixtures. The landscape and irrigation system design reduces water consumption by more than 40 percent from conventional landscape systems. Highly energy efficient mechanical systems reduce energy costs by 28 percent. One-hundred percent of the building’s energy use will come from wind and solar power. Funds for the renovation ($16 million) came from the CNM local bond, thanks to voter approval.

§ CNM Offers Employees Mental Health First Aid Training: What should an employee do if they encounter a student who is conversing with someone who is not there, a co-worker having a panic attack or someone threatening to commit suicide? CNM Dean of Students Dr. Rudy Garcia and Jim Johnson, psychology professor in CNM’s School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, have an answer. It’s Mental Health First Aid. Garcia, who has dealt with these types of situations first-hand, and Johnson, who has taught and practiced psychology for many years, took a 40-hour certification training course in a program called Mental Health First Aid. They’re now training faculty and staff the techniques that just might save someone’s life. Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to assess a situation, identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, select and implement appropriate interventions, and be capable of  helping a person in crisis.

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

  • Steven and Sharla Anaya
  • Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers, Inc.
  • James Hinton
  • Penelope Holbrook
  • Intel Corporation
  • Rick Marquardt
  • Doug and JJ Parsons
  • PNM
  • Wagner Equipment
  • Peter and Kathie Winograd

Thanks for Your Support of CNM!

Kathie W. Winograd

CNM President