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News Link - January 12, 2012

WTC Hosts Event on Jan. 21 to Spread Word About Free and Low-Cost Renewable Energy Job Training Opportunities for Community Members

In partnership with New Mexico Workforce Solutions, Santa Fe Community College and Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, the CNM Workforce Training Center will host an event on Jan. 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. to inform the public about free and low-cost job training opportunities in the fields of solar, biofuels, wind, green building and energy efficiency that will be offered at the WTC. CNM, Santa Fe Community College and Mesalands Community College were each awarded a portion of a U.S. Department of Labor grant to expand workforce training programs in separate sectors of the renewable energy fields. The session will provide information about the job training programs, as well as qualification requirements for reduced costs.

Qualifying participants include:

n   Displaced workers (or self-employed but now unemployed as a result of economic conditions)

n   Incumbent workers in solar, wind, bio-fuels, energy efficiency/green building (construction, architects, contractors, photovoltaic, solar thermal, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, manufacturing, technical sales, realtors, etc.)

n   Veterans and qualifying spouses of veterans

n   Those who did not finish high school

n   Those who qualify as low income

For more information on the event, call the WTC at 224-5243 or 224-5200.


Grab Some Breakfast and Benefit the Rust Scholarship
From Jan. 24-26, the Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner of Central Ave. and Mesa St., just north of Main Campus, will be donating a portion of its sale proceeds to the Rust Opportunity Scholarship. If you present a flyer from the CNM Foundation upon purchase, 20 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to the scholarship fund. Click here to access and print a flyer. This donation will only take place at the above Dunkin’ Donuts location and you must present a flyer upon purchase . The Rust Scholarship provides emergency financial assistance to CNM students who are facing unexpected financial difficulties. Call the CNM Foundation at 224-4685 for more information.


ITS Extends Service Desk Hours for Beginning of Spring Term

In response to requests from CNM faculty and students, the ITS Service Desk will be maintaining Saturday hours for the first four weeks of the spring term from 8 a.m. to noon from Jan. 14 through Feb. 4. These extended hours will help address some of the computer support needs of CNM’s faculty and students through the beginning of the term.  The Service Desk’s regular hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding computer support, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 224-4357 or by e-mail at .    


Update on Part-time Faculty Pay Schedule

If you are a part-time faculty member, your last paycheck for full-term courses taught in the 2011 fall term will be issued to you on Jan. 20, 2012. As a part-time instructor, you are paid on an Equal Pay Basis, which means the total dollar amount on your Letter of Appointment (LOA) is divided equally among the scheduled pay periods for each term. For part-time instructors teaching the full, 15-week term for the 2012 spring term, pay will be distributed equally among 10 pay periods. The paydays for part-time instructors teaching the full 15 weeks of the 2012 spring term will be:


February 3

February 17

March 2

March 16

March 30 (3rd paycheck of the month – no voluntary deductions, such as insurance, taken out)

April 13

April 27

May 11

May 25

June 8


Part-of-term contracts are paid by the course dates included in the LOA.


Letters of Appointment (LOA) for 2012 Spring Term

Letters of Appointment are scheduled to be issued during the week of January 23, 2012. Faculty members have two e-mail accounts with CNM, a “myCNM” account and a “Microsoft Outlook” account. LOAs will be sent to your Outlook account from Jeff Medina in Human Resources. His e-mail address is .  The subject line will read “Spring Contracts due back…” To avoid any interruptions in receiving your pay, please return the signed LOA as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, February 3, 2012. Faculty members who teach for more than one school will be receiving their LOAs individually and at different times. LOAs are distributed by school. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at 224-4600.


All Distance Learning Courses Should Now Be in Blackboard Learn; Blackboard CE8 Unavailable After Jan. 17

For the spring term, all Distance Learning and web-enhanced courses will be offered on the Blackboard Learn platform. Instructors who have not moved their spring term courses to the Blackboard Learn platform should do so immediately. Several open labs staffed by Distance Learning specialists will be held at the Main, Westside and Montoya campuses to help with the course migration. Visit for the lab schedule.


The Blackboard CE8 platform will be decommissioned on Jan. 17. Instructors should retrieve or back up any course material they would like to keep. After Jan. 17, users attempting to log into any of the old "Blackboard" URLs, such as or, will be redirected to the Blackboard Learn site at  Distance Learning and ITS staff will be available to assist in retrieving content inadvertently left behind in CE8.


For Your Information

Celebrate Black History Month at CNM Spoken Word Event

CNM’s kick-off celebration for Black History Month will be held on Feb.1 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Main Campus Library, located in the Student Resource Center. It will be a spoken word event and everybody is welcome to attend or participate. You can read original poetry of your own, or choose from works of African American authors that will be provided by the Library. If you would like to sign up to reserve a time slot, or for more information, please contact Monika Monje at 224-3568 or by email at .


Space Available in Microsoft Access 2010 Class
Do you want to learn about what’s possible with Microsoft Access, the database creation and management program? The Workforce Training Center is offering a free Microsoft Access 2010 training for CNM employees in two Saturday sessions, Jan. 21 and 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register, visit and click on “Performance Support” under the “CNM Employees” column. Please call 224-5200 if you have questions.


Electronic Budget Transfer Approval Process Streamlined

The electronic budget transfer approval process has been streamlined. For non-grant departmental accounts, budget transfer approvals are now only required from the department control agent and the budget office. Electronic approvals are no longer required from divisional vice presidents. This change will expedite online budget transfer processing.  If you have any questions about this change or need assistance with online budget transfers (via Finance Self Service), please call the Budget Office at 224-3450.


Montoya Campus Library Instruction to Be Taught in Campus Labs Only
Due to safety and ADA compliance issues, library instruction classes will no longer be available in the Montoya Campus Library lab.  Instruction requests will be coordinated with lab scheduling coordinators. Schedule requests may take an additional 48 hours to process. Library tours are still available. Please contact Bridget O’Leary, Montoya Campus Library manager, at with any questions.

Montoya Campus Speaker Talks Federal Jobs
On Feb. 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in room J-124 at the Montoya Campus, the Montoya Campus Speaker Series will present speaker Jake Archer for a presentation entitled “Applying for Federal Jobs in Today’s Economy.” This presentation will focus on the new electronic process the Federal Government uses to announce and fill federal government positions. As a human resources specialist, Archer will discuss the education requirements and hiring process used by the federal government. Student employment opportunities such as the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and Student Career Employment Program (SCEP) will also be discussed.


Parking Permits Purchased Through Payroll Deduction Apply to Entire Academic Year
If you are a paid parking lot permit holder and you purchase using payroll deduction, you will no longer be receiving a new placard and proximity card every term; your permit will apply to the entire academic year. If you received a permit and proximity card at the beginning of the fall 2011 term, your permit is applicable through the summer 2012 term and your proximity card will be valid until you choose to cancel your payroll deduction enrollment. If you purchase your parking permit on a term-to-term basis without payroll deduction, you will still need to purchase a new permit each term at the Cashier’s Office . Please call Parking Services at 224-4637 if you have any questions.


Blog Documents Web Redesign Efforts for

The process to CNM website will be receiving a facelift in the year ahead. The Website Redesign Team would like to share the process with the CNM community as it progresses. Visit to learn more about the process and get a sneak peak at developments as the redesign takes shape.


Students and Alumni Invited to Rev Up Their Résumés and Polish Job Interview Skills

Job Connection Services invites CNM students and graduates to attend free Employability Workshops in the Career Resources Centers at Main, Montoya, and Westside campuses.  Presented in two 45-minute sessions, the workshops focus on résumé writing strategies and offer tips and pointers for answering job interview questions effectively.  No preregistration is required; students may attend on a walk-in basis.  For workshop schedules, go to or call 224-3000 for more information.


Job Connection Center Restarts the Job Club for New Year
Every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m., the Job Connection Center’s “Tuesdays at Two” Job Club takes place for CNM students and graduates who are actively seeking employment. The event will take place in the Career Resource Center, located in Room 203 in the Main Campus Student Services Center. Upcoming topics include networking, cover letters, overcoming hurdles, finding a job you love and more. For more information call 224-3060.

School to World Event Set for Feb. 25
School to World will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. This event is designed to help 8 th grade students decide their career pathways as well as which classes to take in high school. In the past, 1,200 students from across the state have attended the event. If you would like to promote your school or program at the event, please go to to register. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer McDonald in the Outreach Services Office at Ext. 44673.

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