Jul 06, 2020  
2012 - 2013 CNM Catalog June 2012, Volume 45 
2012 - 2013 CNM Catalog June 2012, Volume 45 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Student Resources

Academic Advisement and Job Connection Services

Academic Advisors are professional staff who help students set and achieve academic goals and create meaningful educational plans through individualized academic planning and career exploration. Academic Advisors provide graduation and transfer information, enrichment and program information, connect students to a full range of institutional services and provide continued academic guidance and support throughout the student experience. Advisors and Career and Educational Specialists are available Monday through Friday to help students prepare for an enjoyable and successful academic experience at CNM. Students are invited to meet with an advisor on a walk-in basis or call to request an appointment at (505) 224-4321.

The department of Academic Advisement and Job Connection Services is ready to assist students.

  • Academic Planning: Students learn to set meaningful academic goals and create an academic plan to reach their academic goals.
  • Career Development: Students work with professional staff to explore career interests and career fields using personal career interest tools and information and resource material available in the Career Resource Center. Please see Program/School Information  for additional information on career clusters.
  • College Policies and Procedures: Academic Advisors help students navigate through higher education by interpreting college policies and procedures that may impact the student’s academic plan.
  • Student Services: Academic Advisors provide information about campus resources and student support services available to help students meet academic and career goals.
  • Transfer Information: Academic advisors can provide general transfer information to students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university.

To access Academic Advisement students can

Contact: AACD (505) 224-4331


Career Resource Centers

CNM’s Main and Montoya Career Resource Centers, located within the department of Academic Advisement and Job Connection Services, provide students with the opportunity to explore career-related information in order to make an appropriate choice of career and academic major.

Visit the Career Resource Centers for assistance with the following:

  • Focus 2 is an online, self-guided career guidance program that helps students explore their interests, values and skills as students make decisions about their career goals and major area of study.
  • Resource Guides: Books, videos and online information pertaining to many different career fields.

Contact: CRC (505) 224-4344


Achievement Coaches

Achievement coaches encourage and support student success by helping students apply their individual strengths to reach their goals. Through various coaching techniques, Achievement Coaches help students set goals, recognize their strengths, examine challenges, and realize their potential.

Achievement Coach services include:
• Academic coaching including study skills; time management; returning to school and test anxiety
• Personal Coaching including balancing life and school; goal setting; stress management and issues or concerns which can make school difficult
• Campus and community resources
• Classroom presentations and workshops

Get to know your Achievement Coach today by calling for an appointment.

Contact: AC (505)224-3962


CNM Connect

CNM Connect assists students and their families with comprehensive resources and services they need to stay in school and therefore fulfill their academic and employment goals. We connect students with:

Life Coaching and Learning Strategies

  • Stress management, time management, and test anxiety management

Financial Planning Help

  • Financial education workshops
  • One-on-one financial coaching
  • Creating a personal budget

Community Resources

  • Emergency food/clothing
  • Child care
  • Legal help

Supplemental Financial Resources

  • Financial aid/scholarship information
  • Benefits screening and application assistance

CNM Education Resources

  • Exploration of Career Pathways at CNM
  • Workshops on academic excellence

Contact: CNM Connect (505) 224-3186


Assessment Centers (Testing)

CNM’s Assessment Centers offer a variety of tests, most of them to determine course placement. Study guides are available in the Assessment Centers. Testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request; documentation and prior notice are required.

Placement examinations administered at CNM are Accuplacer math, reading and English tests; the Biology Placement Exam; the Nursing Basic Math Test; French Placement Exam; Spanish Placement Exam and; typing tests. Retesting in these exams is available.

The American College Test (ACT) is not offered at CNM. CNM accepts ACT scores for placement in certain courses. CNM also honors SAT, AP and CLEP scores but administers the CLEP exam only to current students.

The GED exam to earn a high school diploma is offered several times a month on a pre-scheduled basis. Call or check the CNM website for current test fees. Several requirements must be met prior to registering for the GED.

Contact: AC (505) 224-3244


Campus Life

CNM recognizes that students’ need for a well-rounded educational experience extends beyond just the classroom. In an attempt to ensure that students have the resources needed to be successful and the opportunities to develop their full potential as future leaders and active community members, the following information is provided.



Bookstores sell required texts for CNM courses. In addition, they carry a full range of school supplies and CNM-spirit items (t-shirts, pens, ball caps). Bookstores are available at both Main and Montoya campuses. The hours vary, please call for more information.

Contact: Bookstore (505) 247-9112


Child Care

CNM maintains an affiliation with Tres Manos Child Development Center to provide daytime care for children of low-income students and neighborhood residents. Cost of services is on a sliding scale and preference is given to single parents. Students should sign up early, sometimes availability is limited.

Contact: Tres Manos Child Development Center (505) 848-1310


Food Services

Food Services are available at the Main, Montoya and Westside campuses. These areas provide a variety of eating options for students at a range of prices. Hours vary at both sites, students should stop by and find out when there is access to quick food on campus.

Other campuses and instructional sites do offer vending machines for student use.


  • Main Campus Food Court: Lower level of Student Services Center
  • Montoya Campus Food Court: H Building
  • Westside Food Court, MJG Building
  • All campuses: Vending machines


Health Care

A Student Health Center is available on Main Campus. To obtain services, students must be currently enrolled and schedule an appointment. First aid and basic primary care services are offered. A co-pay (ranging from $5 to $35) is required for services.

Details about private provider student health insurance are available at the Student Activities Office.

Contact: Student Health Center (505) 224-3080


Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is the official international honor society for junior and community colleges. CNM’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is the Alpha Upsilon Chi chapter. Students who have a declared major in an associate’s degree program, have completed 12 or more credit hours at CNM and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

Contact: Dean of Students Office (505) 224-4342



CNM is a non-residential college so there is no housing available on campus. However, there are numerous apartment complexes and rental homes in the vicinity of CNM campuses. Many local renters do maintain postings of their available rentals in the Main Campus Student Activities Office for your use. Most postings are for the area in and around the Main Campus.

Contact: Student Activities (505) 224-3238


ID Cards

Students are required to have and carry a CNM ID. Many services on campus require a CNM ID to access services and having an ID is the quickest and easiest way to verify eligibility for tax-free purchasing in the bookstore and to obtain student discounts at many Albuquerque-area businesses.

Guests who obtain a CNM Guest ID Card are required to carry it with them at all times while on all CNM campuses. Failure to do so may be a violation of the Visitors Guidelines. All Guests are required to abide by all CNM policies and procedures while on CNM campuses.

Contact: ID Office (505) 224-4647



Parking is currently free at most campus lots, although students are required to display a General Parking permit when parking on any of CNM free campus parking lots. The General Parking permit can be obtained at any of the CNM Student Activities/ID Offices; please refer to the hours of operation for the Offices. If you are unable to obtain a General Parking Permit at the Student Activities/ID Offices, you can inquire about them at the Admissions Information Center in the Student Services Building at the Main and Montoya campuses and in the administrative offices at the South Valley and Westside Campuses.

At Main Campus, students may purchase permits for permit-only and gated parking lots. Permits must be displayed from the rearview mirror. The paid permits are also valid for the free general parking lots. Gated lots are open and free after 4:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday and all day on Friday. Meters are enforced Monday – Friday until 4:30 p.m. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Parking violations may result in disciplinary action against car owners. Cars parked in fire lanes, in spaces reserved for the handicapped, or having three unpaid citations are subject to towing. More information is available in the Schedule of Classes.

Contact: Parking Services (505) 224-4637



For Campus Emergencies on any campus, call (505) 224-3001. This number directly connects any campus phone to the “Emergency Phone” in the Campus Security Dispatch and should be used only when an emergency arises such as fire, violent crimes or when medical response is required.

Code Blue Phones - Outdoor emergency “code blue” phones are located across CNM campuses. These telephones are housed in highly visible, lighted blue call boxes and provide one-button speed dialing for instant communication with campus security.
Motorist Assistance - CNM Security assists the CNM community when individuals are unable to start their vehicles, retrieve locked keys, etc. Some services are not available at all times, but CNM Security will assist people to obtain services from another source. Motorists will be required to sign a service disclaimer before any service is rendered.
Security Escort Services - The Security Department provides a security escort service. The service is available 24 hours a day, but is limited to on-campus locations.

Additional security information and crime statistics (in compliance with the Clery Act) are listed in the Security Department’s Annual Report (http://www.cnm.edu/depts/security/cnmcrimereports.php). Printed versions of the Annual Report can be obtained at the Security Department, located at 725 University SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

Contact: Security (505) 224-3002


Student Activities

CNM offers students a number of activities, which are meant to enrich life on campus and to provide for a complete and holistic approach to a students’ educational experience. Students can become a member of the Executive Council of Students (CNM’s Student Government), join an organization – there are well over many available – or take part in activities and events that are provided throughout the year. Also, students can submit a County voter registration form; obtain an ABQ Bus Pass, schedule a campus tour, obtain information about and register for the bi-annual CNM Graduation Ceremonies; current students can use the fax for school related business only, browse the binders for used books and nearby housing Information. Student Activities presents good opportunities for students to become involved in their communities. Research has shown that students who actively participate in their college activities stay in school longer, have higher GPAs and graduate at a higher rate than students who do not.

Contact: Student Activities (505) 224-3238



ABQ Ride, Albuquerque’s public transit system, has routes that serve CNM’s Main, Montoya, Westside and South Valley campuses. Schedules are available at the Student Services Center on Main Campus or from ABQ Ride.

Bicycle racks are available at all of our campuses.

Contact: ABQ Ride (505) 243-7433 (RIDE)


Voter Registration

CNM students may register to vote at any CNM campus.

Contact: Admissions Offices (505) 224-3160


Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is the official international honor society for two-year colleges. Phi Theta Kappa’s main function is to reward the hard work of students who excel academically, to organize service projects and to coordinate honors study topics. CNM’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is Alpha Upsilon Chi. Membership is by invitation only, and letters of invitation are sent out throughout the year. To be eligible, students must have declared a major in an associate degree program, completed 12 or more credit hours at CNM and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Contact: Student Activities (505) 224-3238


Civic Engagement Leadership Institute

The CNM Civic Engagement Leadership Institute promotes civic responsibility and engagement between the college and the community. The leadership training is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and Pew Partnership for Civic Change, known as LeadershipPlenty, along with CNM, and facilitated through the Center for Community Programs and Partnerships. Civic Engagement Leadership Institute participants develop their leadership skills as active students and citizens within our communities.

Contact: Employee Training (505) 224-3070


New Mexico SkillsUSA

An emphasis is placed on helping students who are preparing for careers and will participate in skill-related competitions. Each year students in this organization compete at both the state and national levels. SkillsUSA is dedicated to building champions for America’s work force. Participation with this organization prepares students as professionals in trades industries and technology fields, skilled service occupations and health occupations.

Contact: Student Activities (505) 224-3238


College Success Experience Courses

CNM offers both developmental education and transfer-level College Success Experience (CSE) courses. These courses help students get organized, manage their time, set and meet goals, and study effectively. Students also explore career options, develop new learning strategies and self-motivation, and find new ways to approach tests and assignments in other disciplines. CSE courses numbered 0999 and below are graded CR/NC (credit/no credit); CSE courses numbered 1000 and above can be taken for a letter grade, taken CR/NC, or audited. See the Course Descriptions  section for detailed course descriptions.

Full-time students who test into two or more developmental areas (Math, Reading, or English classes numbered below 1000) are recommended to take a CSE course. Qualifying students who score between 0-68 on the Accuplacer Reading test should enroll in CSE 0650; students who score 69 or higher on the Accuplacer Reading test should enroll in CSE 1101 .

Contact: SAGE (505) 224-3939


Computer Labs

Computer labs are available for student use at all CNM locations. A complete listing of locations, hours and phone numbers can be found on the Computer Lab Brochure which is available on the ACE Website. Be sure to call ahead because times may vary throughout the school year.

Contact: ACE (505) 224-4306


Job Connection Center

Job Connection Center collects employment information from CNM graduates and publishes the data at the end of each academic year. Every effort is made to reach all graduates from CNM’s degree and certificate programs, though not all graduates report their wages.

The graduate employment statistics exclude graduates who were not located; those not seeking training-related jobs; and those continuing school or serving in the military. CNM programs with no graduates for this reporting cycle are not listed. The hourly wage range does not necessarily reflect entry-level pay. Wages for individuals who worked in a training-related field prior to completion of their degree or certificate program are only reflected for those who reported a promotion or pay increase as a result of acquiring their degree/certificate.

For more in-depth information about the graduate employment data on these pages, contact the Job Connection Center. For local and state employment and wage trends, refer to dol.state.nm.us/eds/index.html. National employment and wage trends are available at acinet.org.

Contact: JCC (505) 224-3060



The CNM libraries support the college’s mission and curriculum by providing resources, research assistance, and access to technology to CNM and the larger community. Print materials are available at each location and online.  We also provide access to electronic resources on out website, assistance with locating materials, conducting research, and Internet searching. CNM has five library locations.

Services and resources include:

  • Public computers and wireless Internet access
  • Laptops and iPads available for checkout
  • 75 databases containing over 48,000 electronic journals
  • Over 50,000 print and electronic books
  • 346 print journals, magazines, and newspapers
  • Library instruction ranging from orientation tours to specialized workshops
  • Research appointments for individual help
  • Delivery services for items held at other CNM campus libraries
  • Inter-library loan services for patrons wishing to borrow materials from other libraries
  • Joint access agreement for CNM students, staff, and faculty to check out material from other New Mexico academic libraries, including UNM

Contact: CNM Libraries



myCNM is the college’s online communication and enrollment system.

The official email system for CNM students is an email service provided by Google, which is accessible in myCNM. All official email communication to students, originating from CNM, will be sent to a student’s assigned CNM email account (provided by Google). By becoming a student at CNM, students agree to follow the technology use policies outlined in the Information Technology Use Policy. If you would like to view the email terms of use and service agreement, contact the Office of Information Technology Services.

Access to myCNM is available from CNM’s Web page (cnm.edu). Students must use their username and password to enter the system. First-time users and those who have forgotten their username or password should click on the appropriate links to get that information.

Through myCNM students have access to:

  • up-to-date information on campus services and events
  • online registration, registration updates and tools

  • tuition/fee information and make online payments

  • order textbooks online

  • their class schedule, final grades and CNM transcript

  • financial aid information

  • their CNM student email

  • online academic advisement

  • library and other CNM resources

  • graduation information and processes

  • and much, much more

Contact: ITS Service Desk (505) 224-4357


Disability Resource Center

The CNM Disabilty Resource Center assists students with documented permanent and/or temporary disabilities which may include physical, mental, learning, visual, speech or hearing. Career counseling, program planning, classroom accommodations, adaptive equipment, coordination with community support agencies and specialized learning strategies are also available.

Disabilty Resource Center Mission Statement: “To advocate in partnership with students who have disabilities by providing accommodations that promote an accessible educational environment at CNM.”

Contact: DRC (505) 224-3259


TRiO Student Support Services

TRiO Student Support Services department is funded 100 percent by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to help students graduate from a CNM program and transfer to a four-year university. Students are eligible if they: are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; have an academic need; are preparing for an associate degree and plan to transfer to a four year university; belong to one or more of the following categories: income eligible and/or first generation college student (parent(s) or guardian(s) do not have a four-year degree) and/or have a documented disability.

Services include academic and career guidance; math, science and English tutoring; college success workshops; university transfer assistance, educational events and student leadership opportunities. The TRiO Student Support Services program has limited student enrollment. Applications are generally accepted at the end of each term through the first two weeks of the following term through the CNM TRiO website. Staff will contact student applicants.

Contact: TRiO (505) 224-4376


The Assistance Centers for Education (ACE) and Tutoring Services

ACE learning centers and computer labs provide instructional support and resources to CNM students and the community as they realize their educational goals. ACE is certified by the College Reading Learning Association (CRLA) and certified tutors are available to help students in a wide variety of subjects. All services are available free to CNM students.

  • Tutoring Services - ACE provides one-on-one tutoring to students in all Schools at all campuses, from drop-in tutoring to scheduled appointments.

  • Computer Labs and Classrooms - ACE manages computer labs and classrooms at all CNM campuses that support both in-class and out-of-class computer needs.

  • Student Solutions - ACE connects new and returning students with additional services such as online tutoring, volunteer literacy tutors, targeted study groups and workshops.

Contact: ACE (505) 224-4306