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CNM Innovative Coaching Program May Encourage Students to Go To and Stay In College

March 27, 2014 -- How do you get students to want to go to and stay in college and graduate? Central New Mexico Community College is trying an innovative program this spring that may answer that question.
CNM Innovative Coaching Program May Encourage Students to Go To and Stay In College

Trainers at a recent workshop.

Through a $400,000 New Mexico Department of Higher Education College Access Challenge Grant, CNM trainers are training 150 professionals from across the state on coaching skills and tools they can use to help students and families prepare for and achieve their college goals. The professionals work with students in high schools, GED programs, community colleges, universities and community-based social organizations. CNM’s Workforce Training Center (WTC) manages the College Coaching Training program.

Fifteen CNM trainers – a group of CNM achievement coaches, board certified coaches and certified financial planners – will be conducting workshops in communities throughout New Mexico, sharing the training skills with the professionals who work directly with students.

Three workshops will be hosted by the WTC. San Juan Community College in Farmington, Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces and Clovis Community College will host one workshop apiece. Each workshop can accommodate 30 participants.

Program Coordinator Peggy Garcia-Marquez noted that the College Coaching program is “highly interactive and pairs coaching and college financial preparation and success content so that participants get immediate practice and feedback on their coaching skills. Participants leave with knowledge and tools that can be easily integrated into day-to-day work life.”

The five-day training is split into two sessions which are each two-and-a-half days. The schedule is Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Because the training program is funded by the New Mexico Higher Education Department, the training, textbooks, materials and a coaching toolkit are given to participants at no charge.

To learn more about the program or to sign up for a workshop, contact Garcia-Marquez at coaching@cnm.edu, (505) 224-5210 or toll free (855) 266-6369.

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