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News Link – January 3, 2014


Free Tax Preparation Appointments for Qualified CNM Employees

Make an appointment to get your taxes done for free. Employees who have a household income less than $52,000 or are over 65 years of age are eligible. Appointments are available in English and Spanish starting Feb. 14. Contact Gloria Penner at or Ext. 29043 to set up an appointment and to ensure that you qualify for the service.

Prefer to do your own taxes? You can do your own taxes if you have a household income of $57,000 or less. Go to this website for a free, easy way to complete your federal and state returns.

CNM Offers Extended Hours Following Winter Break

Student Services and CNM Connect offices at CNM’s Main, Montoya, Rio Rancho, South Valley and Westside campuses are open for extended hours the first few days after Winter Break. They will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. The six schools will also have extended hours through Jan. 4 as follows:

School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences
Jan. 3 – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 4 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

School of Business & Information Technology
Jan. 3 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 4 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

School of Applied Technologies
Jan. 3 – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 4 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
School of Math, Science & Engineering
Jan. 3 – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 4 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
School of Adult & General Education
Jan. 3 – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety
Jan. 3 – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 4 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Veterans Invited to Hiring Fair Jan. 16

CNM veterans are invited to attend a University of Phoenix-sponsored “Hiring Our Heroes” event Jan. 16 at the American Legion Post 49, 1105 Central Ave. N.E. The hiring fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an employment workshop scheduled for 9 a.m. The workshop is designed for veterans and other military job seekers and will focus on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation and interviewing. To register for the Hiring Our Heroes Employment workshop visit this website.

Volunteers Needed for Career Technical Education (CTE) Open House

The Make Your Mark CTE Open House is will be held Friday, Feb. 28. High school students from a number of Albuquerque area schools will visit CNM to get an in-depth look at career and technical fields. Students will participate in tours of the college and hands-on activities in many of the labs. A number of volunteers are needed to help give tours, answer questions and help the event run smoothly. Please consider volunteering to help with this exciting event!

Get Your W-2 Early Through myCNM

CNM is offering employees the option to receive W-2 forms electronically rather than through the mail. The W-2 statements will be mailed to employees’ homes before Jan. 31, unless they consent to electronic delivery. Employees who elect to receive their W-2 form electronically will access them sooner than those employees who do not select this option. Don’t waste time at the mailbox waiting for your W-2 to be delivered. Get your W-2 faster by electing electronic delivery through myCNM. To elect electronic delivery of your W-2 go to myCNM – under the Employee tab select “Tax Forms,” then select “Electronic W-2 Consent.” Then you will have the option to check the consent box and press the submit button. Employees may revoke the election at any time and will always receive a paper form if they separate from CNM’s employment. For more information, contact the Payroll department at 224-4444.

Employees Can Change Federal Tax Withholding in myCNM

Employees now have the ability to change federal tax withholding through myCNM. Paper forms no longer need to be submitted to the Payroll Office. Simply log on to myCNM, select “Tax Forms,” then select “W-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.” Then scroll to the bottom of the page and select update. Upon completion of the changes, be sure to select certify changes. You will then be asked to enter your password. Finally, click on the submit button and the new information will be updated for the next payroll cycle. For more information, contact Payroll at 224-4444.

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 prior to the start of the part of term in which the classes are scheduled. 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 Spring 2014 Course Dates and Deadlines link. The page includes a “Last Day to Register” chart for all late-start classes.

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.

Westside Campus Offers Disability Resource Counselor

The Westside Campus now has a full-time Disability Resource Center counselor available for students who need assistance or guidance in accessing services. The counselor is also available to serve students at the Rio Rancho Campus. The new counselor is located in the CNM Connect office in the Michael J. Glennon Building (Room 101).

Some Changes on the Way for Spring Term

There are a number of changes on the way for the 2014 Spring Term, including a new requirement for students who might need to take a class for a third time. For more information on these items and other important news for the Spring Term, go to

For Your Information

Employee Training
Be sure to go to the Employee Training Department’s website to see training and professional development opportunities this term. Starting this month is a Wellness training for faculty and staff promoting personal health, safety and well-being. Other training opportunities include Strength Quest and Goal Setting training, Mental Health Brown Bag lunches facilitated by UNM psychiatry faculty and Advisor training. Keep checking as additional trainings will be added during the term. You can submit training requests at

CNM chapter of Phi Theta Kappa to Induct New PTK members on Jan. 11
The CNM chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will induct new PTK members on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at Smith Brasher Hall. Students who joined PTK during the Fall 2013 term and did not receive an induction invitation should contact chapter president Tracy LaForteza at to sign up. This spring is going to be an exciting term for PTK members. There will be elections for new officers, inductions ceremonies, regional and international conventions, fundraisers and graduation at the semester's end. All CNM students are invited to attend PTK meetings and learn more about this international honor society.

Mandatory Training Upcoming for All Timesheet Approvers
The Payroll Department is implementing Mandatory Timesheet Approver Training to educate approvers on timesheet procedures. All timesheet approvers will be required to complete the training by April 30. If you are an approver of timesheets, you will receive an e-mail with instructions and a link to the training. For more information, email

Supervisor Academy at WTC Starts Jan. 24
The Workforce Training Center will offer a 12-module skill series for CNM managers and supervisors, called the Supervisor Academy, that will be held every Friday between Jan. 24 and April 11 from 9 a.m.-4 pm. Modules will include: Introduction to Supervision; Effective Communication; Change Management; Conflict Management; Team Building; Coaching, Feedback and Delegation; Delivering Powerful Performance Appraisals; Employment Law and Human Resources; Hiring Right; Problem Solving and Decision Making; Time and Stress Management; Empowerment. Cost of the class series is $415 with a CNM Employee Training Approval Form. For more information, contact Shanna Logan at 224-5206 or, or go to the WTC website.

Support Group Available for LGBTQ Students
Clinical Counseling Services in the Student Health Center is sponsoring a new student support group for those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning
(LGBTQ). Students are invited to attend, ask questions, share experiences and give and receive support. The first informational meeting will be held Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Student Health Center. Future meeting times and locations will be determined according to facilitators’ and participants’ availability and will be discussed at the first meeting. For more information or for those who prefer to have individual counseling, call Clinical Counseling Services at 224-3082.

Spring Parking Permits
Employees and students must display their paid Spring/Annual parking permits on their vehicles starting Monday, Jan. 6. For more information on how to obtain paid parking permits or a free general parking permit, click here.

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