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CNM Signs Transfer Agreement with ENMU

Nov. 20, 2013 -- CNM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) that allows students taking career technical education courses at CNM – such as drafting, welding and culinary arts – to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) from ENMU. This online degree will allow students to continue their education and, if desired, earn a degree exclusively online.

This is the first arrangement of its type in New Mexico. Typically colleges that offer baccalaureate degrees do not accept many of the credit hours required for associate degrees in career technical education fields. This means that students have to take additional classes when they transfer to a four-year institution. The result is that it takes students longer to graduate.

“We are thrilled with this arrangement. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to earn a baccalaureate degree and advance in their careers,” said John Bronisz, dean of the School of Applied Technologies at CNM.

To qualify, CNM students need to have an Associate of Applied Science degree or have completed a certificate in a career technical education (CTE) program. Students can transfer between 30 and 58 CTE credits to the B.A.A.S. program for a primary concentration. Coupled with the standard 12 general education hours earned in an associate degree, a CNM graduate can generally start this program with 70 total hours completed.

Degree requirements include 128 total credit hours, of which 18 hours are upper-division, a 2.0 GPA and completion of 32 of the final 60 hours at ENMU Portales. The Portales coursework can be taken either online or in the classroom.

The B.A.A.S. degree secondary concentrations include animal science, business, career and technical education, criminal justice/sociology, culinary arts, electronics (both analog and digital), emergency management, family and consumer sciences, fire and emergency services administration, psychology/sociology and more. Several of these concentrations require hands-on learning and therefore cannot be completed through online instruction.

According to Applied Technologies achievement coach Joseph Schaub, this degree offers working students an exciting career advancement credential opportunity. “We highly encourage students to look at the B.A.A.S. degree as a way to advance their careers,” he said. “This partnership between ENMU and CNM is one more example of New Mexico higher education institutions creating opportunities for working students.”

Students can obtain more information about the B.A.A.S. program from their CNM achievement coaches or academic advisors or by calling the Eastern New Mexico University contact, Dr. Randy Whicker, at 575-562-4124.