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President's Report - March 2014

President’s Report
March 2014

§ CNM Opening STEMulus Center Downtown: CNM will be launching a new approach to education at a center in Downtown Albuquerque designed to provide accelerated educational opportunities in key areas and wrap-around support for aspiring entrepreneurs. It will provide a bold new educational approach to developing the workforce of tomorrow in a strategic location intended to add synergy to the City’s Downtown revitalization efforts. The CNM STEMulus Center will be located in the First Plaza Galeria in the heart of Downtown – it’s scheduled to open in the fall. The STEMulus Center is strategically designed to support the region’s workforce and economic needs by compressing and accelerating education so that some of the key gaps in the region’s workforce are addressed sooner rather than later, which is paramount for the region’s economic prospects and quality of life. It will also provide more non-traditional students access to CNM technology and labs, which is part of an effort to get more citizens engaged in the power of education. The CNM STEMulus Center will also support the University of New Mexico-led Innovate ABQ effort. The STEMulus Center will provide space for four strategic functions when it opens:
Accelerator – The Accelerator will provide wrap-around support services for aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to get their promising business ideas off the ground. It will provide mentoring by successful entrepreneurs; an individualized support system; business planning and implementation consulting; all in an effort to accelerate the time an entrepreneur’s idea gets to market.
Prototyping and Test Lab – CNM will provide community members considering business ventures the ability to use some of the college’s state-of-the-art technology to test their ideas or develop prototypes. CNM could allow a new restaurant concept to be tested using a commercial kitchen in the Galeria. Other examples of CNM equipment that could be used by community members to test ideas or develop prototypes would be welding labs; woodworking labs; machine-tool technology labs; 3-D printing and digital media technology; etc. Ideas that are tested and vetted at the Prototyping and Test Lab could begin at the Accelerator.
Bootcamps and Accelerated Learning – Bootcamps, workshops and accelerated learning opportunities will be offered to support businesses and government agencies in the area. If a business wants to provide “skill-up” opportunities for its employees in a certain skill that will improve performance for the business and the employee, CNM will develop the accelerated learning opportunity. CNM will offer these opportunities at a time convenient for the organization and its employees, such as at lunchtime, before work or after work. CNM will also be offering an accelerated associate degree in business. If other accelerated associate degrees are in demand, CNM will consider providing more of these accelerated degree opportunities.
Coding and Cyber-Security Academies – There is a great need in the region for more individuals with coding skills for computer information systems, as well as the skills needed to work in cyber-security environments. At the STEMulus Center, individuals interested in these fields will be able to get training that directly relates to the needs of the organizations seeking employees. The learning will be project-based, in which curriculum is directly influenced by employers who will interact with the students. These academies will be designed to lead directly to employment opportunities. Businesses are encouraged to answer a two-question survey to let CNM know how the CNM STEMulus can serve them — go to cnm.edu/stemulus.

§ Students Rank CNM Services Higher Than National Averages: Every three years, CNM students are asked to rank their satisfaction with CNM services The results are in, and CNM students ranked the college’s services above the national community college averages in all 12 categories. The survey was conducted by Noel-Levitz, a nationally prominent higher education consulting firm, for colleges around the country. The 12 categories ranked by students were: registration effectiveness; instructional effectiveness; academic Advising/Counseling; academic services; admissions and financial aid; safety and security; concern for individuals; campus climate; service excellence; student centeredness; campus support services; responsiveness to diverse populations.

§ Nearly 2,000 High School Students Explored CTE Programs at Open House: CNM put more than 30 of its career technical education programs on display so high school students from around the region could explore potential education and career paths while getting first-hand interactions with programs and faculty members on Feb. 28. Eleven high schools from Albuquerque Public Schools participated, as well as many others from around the region, including Los Lunas High, Bernalillo High and Independence High in Rio Rancho. Some of the activities students participated in or observed included the CNM Film Technician program’s filming of a “Zombie Attack!” scene, racing of solar cars put on by the Electrical Trades/Photovoltaic program, student participating in welding and helicopter and jet engine demonstrations by the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. For more info about CNM CTE programs, go to cnm.edu/cte.

§ Students Conquer Mt. Trashmore, Help Divert Recyclables from Landfills: More than 70 CNM students sorted through trash from two large buildings on Main Campus on Feb. 26, separating recyclables from actual waste as part of an event featuring a trash-littered shrine to recycling awareness – Mount Trashmore. The event gave students an idea of how much recyclable waste is unnecessarily thrown away at the college and taken to the dump on a daily basis instead of a recycling plant. Trash was piled high on a large tarp in the grassy area outside of the Student Resource Center, then CNM students started picking out recyclables and diverting them from landfills. Plenty of plastic water bottles, cardboard, paper products and other recyclables were picked out of the trash that was destined for the dump. This was a real learning event for everyone,” said Asa Stone, a CNM psychology instructor who was involved in the organization of Mount Trashmore and is using the event to teach her students how behavioral psychology relates to recycling. Participating students were provided with protective clothing.

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

  • Jeannie M. Baca
  • Richard and Linda Barr
  • Regina Chavez
  • Enterprise Builders Corporation
  • Gerald A. Martin
  • The John and Sophie Ottens Foundation
  • Randy and Jacqueline Woodcock

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