President's Report October 2013
♦ CNM to Offer Intersession Courses During Winter Break: Beginning this winter during CNM’s normal break between the fall and spring terms, CNM will offer a selection of classes in a condensed, three-week format. The classes, held Dec. 16-Jan. 4, will provide students an opportunity to complete a class in order to shorten their time to graduation. These intersession classes will not meet on campus and will only be offered in an online format, so only students who have experience taking distance learning classes should consider taking an intersession class. Students should also be prepared to devote 30-35 hours per week for an intersession class. The intersession classes that will open for registration on Nov. 4 for continuing students and Nov. 18 for new students are:
- Intro to Art
- Biology for Health Sciences
- Intro to Digital Media
- Intro to Computer Networking
- College Success
- Intro to Cultural Studies
- Financial Literacy
- Clinical Preparation
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Code and Safety I
- Intro to Probability and Statistics
- Personal Practical Nutrition
- Intro to Philosophical Thought
- Intro to Psychology
- Intro to Women’s Studies
For more information, call (505) 224-3000 or go to cnm.edu and search “Intersession.”
♦ CNM Student Group Urges Fellow Students to “Commit to Complete”: Students from CNM’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community colleges, recently urged fellow CNM students to sign a pledge to complete their associate degrees or certificates before leaving CNM. The mass pledge was held on Sept. 20 on Main Campus. Similar pledges happened at community colleges across the country as part of the national “Commit to Complete” initiative sponsored by PTK and the Community College Completion Corps. President Obama has called for community colleges to produce an additional five million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years, part of a goal to restore the United States as the world leader in college graduates. The U.S. is now rated 16th among industrialized countries in the percentage of citizens holding higher education credentials. New Mexico ranks 40th among states in the U.S. for higher education attainment.
♦ Schedule of Classes for 2014 Spring Term Available Soon: CNM’s Schedule of Classes for the 2014 Spring Term will be available online at cnm.edu on Oct. 21. Continuing students can start registering for classes on Nov. 4 and new students can start registering Nov. 18.
♦ Starting with Spring Term, Changes in Registration Deadlines: Beginning with the 2014 Spring Term, a change in policy will require all students to be registered in classes before their classes begin. The Spring Term begins Jan. 6. For full-term courses that begin the week of Jan. 6, students will have to be registered in those classes by Jan. 5. For students who plan to take late-start classes that begin after the first week of the Spring Term, students should check the “Course Dates and Deadlines” link on the 2014 Spring Term Schedule of Classes web page that will be available on Oct. 21. This page will include a “Last Day to Register” chart for all late-start classes – students should look for the “Part of Term” headline in the chart to find the last day to register for the late-start classes they plan to take. Studies have clearly shown that students succeed at a much higher rate when they are engaged in the learning process from the very beginning of a class. CNM is making this change because it will help more students successfully complete their classes.
♦ U.S. Agency Taps CNM for Student Savings Study: CNM is one of two institutions in the country selected to participate in a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study evaluating what motivates people to save money. The study is seeking 600 students to participate, 300 of which will be randomly selected to participate in a matching savings program. For every dollar the 300 students save, it will be matched with $4 in an Individual Development Account (IDA). The 300 students selected for the IDAs can save up to $1,000, which would be matched with $4,000 for a total savings of $5,000. The CNM Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services will both match each dollar a student saves with $2. The student’s savings have to be used for education, buying a house or starting a small business. To qualify for the program, students must meet several requirements including being 200 percent or more below the national poverty line.
♦ Mayor Applauds Electrical Trades Students for Wiring Habitat Houses: CNM electrical trades students proudly listened as Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry thanked them for voluntarily installing the electrical wiring in a new Habitat for Humanity home. The 1,100 square-foot home is now occupied by a low-income family who received a discounted price on the home and a low-interest rate mortgage. Mayor Berry spoke on Sept. 25 during a celebration of the completion of the 16th Habitat for Humanity home to be built on Trujillo Road SW in Albuquerque near Coors Rd. and Gonzales Rd. SW. CNM students have installed the wiring, electric outlets and boxes for all but two of the houses on the street. Habitat awarded CNM two thank you tiles at the event. “Habitat for Humanity and CNM have a long history of partnership going back nearly 20 years,” said Phelan Gavaldon, the CNM instructor who oversaw the wiring project. “Students enjoy wiring the houses because they’re getting real-world experience and they’re giving back to the community.”
♦ Donations Continue: CNM’s grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:
- Albuquerque Community Foundation
- American Indian Education Foundation
- Dave and Maureen Anderson
- The John & Sophie Ottens Foundation
Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd