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President's Report, June 2013

 

President’s Report
June 2013

§ CNM, APS Team to Open College and Career High School at CNM: CNM and Albuquerque Public Schools are teaming up to open a high school on CNM’s Main Campus this fall, which will be called the College and Career High School at CNM. The new school will provide students with a curriculum that focuses on dual credit opportunities and students will be expected to graduate from the school with a CNM certificate, associate degree or enough college credits to enter a university as a junior, in addition to their high school diploma. The school will operate in the S Building on 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 with educational pathways that lead to high-quality jobs in the region. 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. For more information on the school and how to enroll, visit www.aps.edu/aps-cnm.

§ Registration Continues for Short-Term Summer Classes: CNM’s summer term is under way, but there's still time to register for short-term courses that begin later in the term. Visit cnm.edu and click on “Schedule of Classes” for more information, or call 505-224-3000.

§ CNM Trains Financial Coaches Across U.S.: In this persistent era of difficult economic conditions, CNM is helping thousands of people from coast to coast ease their budget woes. Based on the model used by CNM Connect, CNM is training hundreds of representatives at nonprofit organizations and community colleges across the country to be financial coaches. The coaches, in turn, return to their organizations and support their clients who are struggling financially by educating them on basic financial concepts and by helping them to make behavioral changes that will improve their financial outlook. Since 2008, when the community college first piloted the program, CNM financial coaches have conducted more than 35 trainings nationally in 23 communities, including San Diego, Boston, Oakland, Miami, Little Rock, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Toledo, Duluth, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and Baltimore. Participating in the trainings are representatives from organizations such as community colleges, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, United Way, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and more.  CNM is one of four organizations in the U.S. that offers financial coaching training. Providing initial funding for the program was the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which asked CNM to develop a financial coaching training curriculum. The resulting curriculum serves as the foundation of CNM’s financial coaching trainings. CNM has recently become a Center for Credentialing and Education-approved training provider for the Board Certified Coach credential. CNM conducted a financial coaching training in Albuquerque March 13-15 and April 24-26.  Trainers from CNM included program Executive Director Ann Lyn Hall, Jean Strosinski and Vickie Oldman-John. Participants represented included Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity, Prosperity Works, Native Community Finance, PB&J Family Services, La Plazita Institute, Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, CNM, Centro Savila and Clinica Casa del Salud.

§ Photovoltaics, Solar Heating Curriculum Developed by CNM Going Public: Photovoltaics and solar heating course curriculum, developed and taught by industry experts who are also instructors at Central New Mexico Community College, is going public and being made available to “green” training providers across the country. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, in 2012 CNM was awarded a $523,751 grant from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to expand the college’s solar energy training efforts. The program, established as a Solar Center of Excellence at the Workforce Training Center, trained 267 participants, including people starting out in the renewable energy field and current workers in the field seeking to update their skills or obtain professional certifications. The grant, which ended in May, included both curriculum development and free classes offered to qualified participants. One condition of the grant was that the curriculum of the classes be made public. All of the courses will continue to be offered at the Workforce Training Center. For information please visit cnm.edu/wtc or email workforce@cnm.edu.

§ CNM at Forefront of Implementing New Statewide Nursing Curriculum: CNM is at the forefront of implementing a directive from the New Mexico Legislature to align all nursing curriculum at public colleges and universities across the state. CNM, which will start phasing in the curriculum in spring 2014, has been one of the leaders in the statewide movement, along with the University of New Mexico. The New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) – which includes CNM, UNM, New Mexico State University and other community colleges and universities across the state – has guided the establishment of the standardized nursing curriculum that will be implemented at institutions across the state. The current curriculum and petitioning processes for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Nursing Concentration will continue admitting through the fall 2013 term. Starting in spring 2014, newly admitted nursing students will progress through the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, NMNEC Concentration. For two terms, both concentrations will be admitting and running simultaneously as CNM transitions to the NMNEC concentration. CNM will be the first community college to launch the new curriculum. For more information about NMNEC, visit www.nmnec.org.

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

  • Bank of America
  • Richard and Linda Barr
  • Michael and Barbara DeWitte
  • Greg Ogawa and Diane Harrison Ogawa
  • John and Jaime Lewinger
  • Kirk Meyer and Kristy Ott-Meyer
  • Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Center
  • Doug and Jane Swift
  • The Daniel's Fund
  • Thornburg Foundation

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