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Representatives of Senegal Tour CNM

March 25, 2014 -- Three educators from the coastal West African nation of Senegal toured CNM last week to learn about how the college prepares students for employment opportunities and transfer to universities.
Representatives of Senegal Tour CNM

John Blewett, associate dean of the School of Health Wellness & Public Safety, and John Bronisz, dean of the School of Applied Technologies, give Senegal visitors a tour.


The Senegal educators met with Sydney Gunthorpe, vice president for Academic Affairs, Phillip Bustos, vice president of Student Services, and deans or associate deans from all six academic schools.

“We discussed the structure of CNM, programs contained within the various schools, student preparedness and transfer to four-year schools,” said John Bronisz, dean of the School of Applied Technologies. “They were particularly interested in how we prepare students for employment by way of our CTE [Career Technical Education] programs.”

The visitors, who were hosted by the Albuquerque Center for International Visitors, visited simulation laboratories in JS, including nursing and surgical tech labs. They then visited Ted Chavez Hall where they saw welding, plumbing, electrical, automotive, diesel and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC) labs. CNM was one stop on their nationwide tour of community colleges, four-year colleges and governmental entities, including the U.S. Department of Education

“They were impressed with what we have to offer and were pleased to hear we include instruction in the more technology-centric aspects of various trades, such as automated controls in HVAC, solar heating and photovoltaic, building controls and building efficiency in HVAC, and system diagnostics in automotive and diesel.” Bronisz said.

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