Following authorization by the New Mexico Legislature in 1963, CNM (then known as Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute or “TVI”) was approved by district voters in 1964 to provide adults with skills to gain quality employment and succeed in life. The college opened on July 1, 1965, on a small section of where Main Campus stands today.

TVI was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1978 and given degree-granting power by the State Legislature in 1986, at which point TVI became a full-fledged community college. In 2006, TVI changed its name to Central New Mexico Community College to better reflect the college’s breadth of offerings and the area it serves.

Since its inception and throughout its history, CNM’s career-focused programs in business, health, technologies and trades have been continuously redesigned to provide students with relevant job skills. Today, CNM offers certificates and associate degrees in more than 90 fields of study, as well as many non-credit and accelerated workforce training options.

Advisory committees that include local business and industry representatives collaborate with CNM to develop programs that prepare students to succeed in the workplace. We also collaborate with industry leaders on customized workforce training programs.

CNM has strong ties with universities, colleges, and public school districts across the region, including transfer agreements with all public universities in New Mexico, and a dual credit program that enables high school students to take tuition-free CNM classes that count for both high school and college credit.


CNM’s mission is to “Be a Leader in Education and Training.” As our state’s largest community college, we need to continue striving to be at the forefront of cutting-edge education and training.

Being a true leader is not only important for our students, but it’s also critically important for New Mexico’s economy. Being a key contributor to our state’s economic development equation, we plan to provide the kind of cutting-edge education and training that will deliver highly skilled graduates and a 21st century workforce that will spur economic development.


Our vision is “Changing Lives, Building Community.” As our state’s largest community college, we strive to help students persevere, graduate and improve their lives through education. And each time a student graduates, positive ripple effects are felt across a family, our community and our economy.

Strategic Direction Plan 2020-2024

Student Success

Student Resource Center

Students achieve their educational and career goals.


  • Deliver an exceptional student experience.
  • Lead in access, retention, and graduation among all student populations.
  • Use innovative approaches and develop agile, continuous learners.

Community Success

New Mexico and its people prosper.


  • Develop leaders and meet the education and workforce needs of New Mexico.
  • Build public- and private-sector partnerships that foster economic development opportunities.

Organizational Excellence and Innovation

CNM leads as an ethical and effective organization.


  • Deliver service excellence and operational efficiency across the college.
  • Provide a welcoming, safe, and equitable employee experience.

CNM will develop strategies with a commitment to equity and communication in order to reach these objectives.

Key Performance Indicators

The 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and Key Performance Indicators have been approved by the Planning Committee as of August 19, 2019, and will go before the Board for approval on September 10, 2019.

What to Measure

1. Financial stewardship

2. Employee experience

3. Community wages

4. Partnerships

5. CNM workforce diversity

6. Narrow achievement gap

7. Student persistence

8. Graduation rates

9. Non-credit completion rates

10. Increased student satisfaction

11. Employment

How to Measure

1. Composite Financial Index (CFI)

2. Employee Experience surveys

3. Albuquerque metro weekly wage average versus national average

4. Track dollars and partners

5. Ratio of CNM employees of color compared to service area

6. Achievement gap between white students and students of color

7. Percentage returning to class or graduating

8. FT, PT and FTE graduation rates

9. Percentage of participants earning an award

10. Student Satisfaction surveys

11. Number of completers employed in New Mexico


1. Higher Learning Commission

2. Internal surveys

3. Bureau of Labor Statistics

4. Internal Grants, Ingenuity, Academic Affairs, Foundation

5. Census Bureau

6. Integrated Postsecondary Edu- cation Data System (IPEDS) First- Time Full-Time (FTFT)/ Internal for all Full-Time students

7. IPEDS Fall to Fall retention FTFT and First-Time Part-Time

8. IPEDS FTFT/Internal Full-Time Equivalent and Part-Time

9. National Community College Benchmarking Project

10. Noel Levitz and internal surveys

11. Unemployment Insurance wage data


SAGE Student

Adult & General Education

The School of Adult & General Education provides courses in Adult Basic Education such as English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE). We also provide Developmental Education courses in Math, Integrated Reading/Writing (IRW), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Applied Technology Student

Applied Technologies

Applied Technologies includes students, industry partners and skilled teaching professionals, coming together in an environment of relevant applied learning. Our aim is to enable students to gain the technical knowledge and skills to further their career, educational, and personal goals.

Business & Information Technology

The School of Business & Information Technology offers a wide range of academic programs from the more traditional curricula of Accounting, Business Administration and Computer Information Systems to divers offerings in Culinary Arts, and Hospitality and Tourism. Many of or programs are approved for specialized professional accreditation.

School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences

Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences

The School of Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences offer liberal arts courses and associate degrees in fine arts, liberal arts, and education. Many of our courses are transferable to other colleges and universities as freshmen and sophomore requirements or electives.

Health, Wellness & Public Safety

Health, Wellness & Public Safety

The School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety is committed to providing a positive learning experience to improve, enrich and expand opportunities in our student’s lives. We offer credit and noncredit programs that lead to certificates, associate degrees and skill upgrading.

Math, Science & Engineering

Math, Science & Engineering

The School of Math, Science & Engineering offers a variety of courses in Astronomy, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Engineering, Geography, Mathematics, Natural Science, Nutrition and Physics. Most courses are transferable to other institutions as freshmen and sophomore electives or requirements.

CNM Ingenuity

CNM Ingenuity, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the enterprise arm of Central New Mexico Community College. CNM Ingenuity supports a new approach to education that provides accelerated educational and training opportunities in key workforce areas, wrap-around support for aspiring entrepreneurs, and cooperative ventures that foster economic development and job creation in the region. Its mission is to promote the public welfare and prosperity of the people of New Mexico and foster economic development within both the private and public sectors of New Mexico.

Since being established in 2014 under the New Mexico Research Park Act, CNM Ingenuity has made tremendous progress on behalf of Central New Mexico Community College and the local economy.

Entrepreneur and training programs include:

Deep Dive Coding: 10- to 12-week, immersive bootcamp style trainings in web and software development and digital media creation, offered on a year-round basis.

FUSE Makerspace: a membership-based makerspace with high-tech equipment and software aimed at helping individuals and small businesses prototype new products and works of art, learn in a collaborative environment, and micro-manufacture products.

New Mexico IT Apprenticeship Program (NMITAP): focused on connecting skilled information technology students with businesses, NMITAP fosters apprenticeships in multiple career fields including Computer User Support Specialist, Network Support Technician, Applications Developer, Cyber Security Support Technician, and Medical Coder. 

CRIANZA: an early childhood business accelerator focused on helping at-home care providers and child care center operators accelerate the growth of their small business by providing opportunities to learn and grow. Offered through the CNM School of Communications, Humanities & Social Sciences as part of their Early Childhood Multicultural Education (ECME) programs in partnership with CNM Ingenuity.

IGNITE Community Accelerator: a 10-week program that provides early-stage entrepreneurs with the business skills needed to move their companies forward, including one-on-one business coaching with experienced and local entrepreneurs, as well as access to industry-specific mentors after the program is finished.

Cyber Academy: provides current industry-standard training and certifications in cybersecurity and information technology fields, including CompTIA and Linux Essentials, Certified Ethical Hacker certification, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) programs. 


Main Campus

More than 16,000 of CNM’s nearly 28,000 students attend classes on Main Campus, where the college first opened on July 1, 1965.

Montoya Campus

Located in Albuquerque, Montoya Campus features award-winning architecture, attractive landscaping and spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains.

Rio Rancho Campus

The 62,000-square-foot CNM Rio Rancho campus is one of the largest higher education buildings in the State of New Mexico to earn the Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Westside Campus

The CNM Westside campus is located 22 miles from the Main Campus and sits on 109 acres in Ventana Ranch, about four miles west of Coors.

South Valley Campus

Located in Albuquerque, the South Valley Campus is an integral part of the South Valley community and situated in a culturally significant area.

Advanced Technology Center

Located in Albuquerque, CNM’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) boasts approximately 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom space.

Workforce Training Center

CNM’s WORKforce Training Center provides training designed to boost skills in Albuquerque’s workforce and foster economic development.

STEMulus Center

The CNM STEMulus Center opened in 2014 as a hub for innovation and technology in downtown Albuquerque. It is the home of the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps and serves as a place to connect entrepreneurs and tech lovers.

FUSE Makerspace

Partnering with CNM, the FUSE Makerspace is a community center with tools that allow members to design, prototype, and create manufactured works. Members are also given access to affordable, high-quality classes as well as mentoring from other makers and community members.

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) provides resources and help for veterans and their families who currently attend or plan to attend CNM.

We provide the following services and programs:

  • Setting up appointments with academic advisors
  • Registering for class
  • Understanding your Veterans and GI Bill benefits
  • Applying for financial aid and scholarships
  • Requesting transfer credits for previous experience
  • Finding outside financial resources, housing, food assistance, and book loan programs
  • Referring you to veterans counseling services and support programs
  • Access to meet with the VetSuccess Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Food Pantry food assistance program
  • LeadershipPlenty civic leadership program

We have a welcoming space for you and your family to relax and enjoy refreshments.  Our programs include experiential learning opportunities where students can participate in hands-on activities while learning how to adapt to college and civilian life. 

Read the 2017-18 Annual Report for more detailed information about CNM.