Formerly Incarcerated Reintegration Success Team (FIRST)

Learn more about the Formerly Incarcerated Reintegration Success Team at CNM.

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The Formerly Incarcerated Reintegration Success Team (FIRST) is an interdivisional, interdisciplinary, resource-centered team helping students who are, or have been, clients of the criminal justice system. Our focus is on having these students successfully navigate through post-secondary education.

If you have a criminal record, FIRST understands the fears, misinformation, and many obstacles that you face when thinking about finishing your education. We have resources, connections with community partners, and information that can help you achieve your educational goals.

If you or someone you know has a criminal record—with or without convictions—and wants to finish a high school or college education, CNM’s FIRST program can put you on the path to receiving a diploma, certificate, or license.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about the FIRST program? Please don't hesitate to reach out. Call (505) 224-3352 or send us an email. 


CNM is Right for You

The FIRST team at CNM is made up of experienced staff who can help you choose majors and courses, understand CNM procedures, access financial aid resources, and more. 

We also understand that navigating the conditions of probation and parole can be challenging. FIRST mentors are available to help you:

  • Find ways to afford a college education with Federal Student Aid or scholarships
  • Build healthy, supportive relationships with peers and instructors.
  • Balance school, work, family, and the conditions of your release.
  • Communicate with your instructor about court-mandated requirements that may impact your learning.
  • Communicate with your probation or parole supervisor about the scheduling needs you may have.
  • Utilize CNM resources, such as help clearing misdemeanor warrants via the NM Outreach Court.

Regardless of your background, you belong here and deserve a quality education at an affordable cost. With over 200 associate degrees, certificates, and training programs - including the High School Equivalency (HSE) program - your options are endless. 

Do not let your past stop you from becoming who and where you want to be in life. Take the FIRST step. 

FIRST Success Stories 

We are proud of our FIRST students. These are the stories of those with criminal records who have persisted and excelled at CNM.

Sign Up
A degree or certificate is within reach, and at CNM, we're here to make sure that happens. If you or someone you know is ready to get started with the FIRST program, you can sign up today.