About CNM

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is the largest community college in New Mexico, providing a premier and affordable education. Learn about our degrees, mission, and history.

Contact CNM

Mailing Address:
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

(505) 224-3000
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Campus Locations

CNM has nine locations across the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho metropolitan areas.

A front facing shot of the Student Resource Center building on CNM's Main Campus.

Degrees We Offer

Choose from 200+ associate degrees, certificates, and training options in the following areas:

Other Ways to Learn

Our Mission and Vision

At CNM, our mission is to be a leader in education and training with the vision of changing lives and building community.

Learn more about our Core Values and our Strategic Direction.


The CNM Governing Board is responsible for policies that govern all phases of the educational programs for CNM.

Voters elect Governing Board members in seven geographical districts within the college district, which includes all of Bernalillo County and part of Sandoval County.

CNM Today

CNM is the largest higher education institution in New Mexico in terms of undergraduate enrollment.

Representatives from local businesses and industries help CNM develop programs to ensure that CNM students acquire the skills needed for success in the workplace. The college has many transfer articulation agreements with four-year institutions around the state, including the University of New Mexico.

Funding for CNM comes from a property tax levy in the college’s service district and annual appropriations by the New Mexico Legislature. Tuition is affordable and financial aid and other scholarship opportunities are available to many of our students.

CNM is a nationally accredited community college offering courses in a variety of subjects.

Black and white photo of students sitting in a common area.

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CNM's History

Authorized by the New Mexico Legislature in 1963, CNM was approved by district voters in 1964 to provide adults with the skills necessary to gain employment and succeed in the workforce.

Since its inception, CNM career-technical programs in business, health, technologies, and trades have continually been redesigned to provide students with the most current and relevant skills needed by local employers. CNM was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1978.

Degree-granting power was approved for CNM by the State Legislature in 1986, signaling the college’s transformation into a full-fledged community college.

By the late 1980s, liberal arts had become CNM’s fastest growing area and an increasingly important part of occupational instruction.