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President's Report, September 2013

§ CNM’s Fall Term Under Way: CNM welcomed students back to classes on Aug. 26, the first day of the fall term. Nearly 28,500 students are enrolled in classes. CNM also offers short-term classes that start later in the term. For more information on short-term classes, visit cnm.edu/schedules.

§ CNM Welcomes Inaugural Students of the College & Career High School: The new College & Career High School, a partnership between CNM and Albuquerque Public Schools, welcomed its first student body to classes this week. The new high school, which is located on CNM’s Main Campus, provides 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. Students 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 also offer students at the school educational pathways that lead to high-quality jobs in the region. CNM’s longstanding Dual Credit program 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.

§ CNM First in State to Offer Cloud Computing Course Series: CNM has become the first public college or university in New Mexico to have a VMware IT Academy offering classes in “cloud computing,” a fast-growing field that gives companies all the technology they need at their fingertips without the hefty infrastructure costs. The courses also prepare students to pass a national certification, which can draw lucrative salaries. Cloud computing allows a person sitting at a computer to retrieve data via an off-site server using Internet access storage servers located at multiple locations around the country or world. This allows organizations to reduce information technology infrastructure costs by using off-site servers. CNM partnered with VMware, Inc., the industry leader in the field of virtualization, and built the program around the VMware IT Academy with the goal of equipping students with technical skills so that they could obtain VMware Certified Professional (VCP) status. VMware certification will make the students competitive for high-paying jobs in the industry anywhere in the country. A recent survey by Global Knowledge found that expected salaries for individuals with a VCP certification average $91,271.

§ Workforce Training Center to Offer Series of Classes on Digital and Social Media: CNM’s Workforce Training Center, in partnership with CNM’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will offer a series of four classes on social media called the “Digital and Social Media Academy” in October and November. People can learn more about the classes on Sept. 10 during a free Digital and Social Media Community Night at the CNM Workforce Training Center (WTC), located at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE in Albuquerque. The open house will be from 6-8 p.m. at the WTC. Visitors will have the opportunity to mingle with instructors, see facilities and have questions answered about the classes throughout the night. For more information about the classes, call 505-224-5200.

§ CNM Community Unites for Convocation on Sept. 13: CNM’s annual Convocation for all faculty and staff will take place on Friday, Sept. 13. All campuses and offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place in the Main Campus Central Lot, which is located at the northwest corner of Coal Ave. and Buena Vista Dr. Featured speakers include President Kathie Winograd, nationally-renowned poet and educator Taylor Mali and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy. The college will reopen at 1 p.m.

§ CNM Hosts NASA-sponsored Astronomy Workshop: Thirty-five current and future astronomy and space science instructors attended a NASA-funded workshop at CNM August 24, where they learned about new ways to engage and teach their astronomy students. The workshop was arranged by Phil Carman, interim dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering. Presenters were Gina Brissenden of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) at the University of Arizona and Rica French of MiraCosta College in California. NASA, through the Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program, provided funding. “After the workshop I spoke with several participants who were excited by what they had learned and are planning to implement some new instructional techniques demonstrated in the workshop in their own classes,” Carman said. Attending were astronomy and space science instructors from New Mexico, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, Mexico and England.

§ Staff Member Receives Scholarship for CTE Development: Sharon Gordon-Moffett, CNM’s director of Service Learning and Skills USA, is one of two people in the country to receive the Dave Berryman Leadership Development Scholarship. As part of the scholarship, she will attend the National Council of Local Administrators/Association for Career & Technical Education Best Practices Conference that will be held Sept. 25-27 in San Diego, Calif. The Berryman Scholarship honors the late Dave Berryman, an outstanding leader in career and technical education.

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

  • American Indian Education Foundation
  • Betty Roberts and Jane Roberts Lindemann
  • Business Environments
  • Paul J. Cassidy
  • Terri Cole
  • Michelle Coons
  • Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Ltd.
  • Garcia Automotive Group
  • Steven Lindemann
  • Herbert L. Pitts
  • Fidelity Investments
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Marilyn Toler
  • Western Enterprises

 

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