Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, 5 museums, and shops selling Native American handicrafts. Nearby, The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s tribal history.
Set in the high desert of Central New Mexico, Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city and gateway to the striking natural beauty and cultural diversity of the state. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, low humidity, short commute times, and a relaxed pace, Albuquerque is easy to live in and offers an endless mix of Native culture, lively entertainment, dining, and shopping.
From the Sandia Mountains bordering Albuquerque’s eastern edge to the Nature Center State Park near the Rio Grande River, recreational activities are always one step away. From the modern sensibilities of downtown to historic Old Town, history, culture, and nightlife await. And from proud traditions ranging from the annual International Balloon Fiesta to the luminaria walk each holiday season, Albuquerque is a unique place whose treasures are varied.
Quick Facts about Albuquerque
- Albuquerque Population (2017): 558, 558
- Median Property Value (2017): $196,900
- Median Household Income (2017): $50,456
- Cost of Living Index: 94.9
- Climate: 310 days of sunshine annually on average
In the 2017 Fall Term, CNM served 24,442 students in credit classes, and thousands more individuals through non-credit workforce training, industry testing for credentials/licensures, and adult basic education courses.
The college’s student population is very diverse and includes recent high school graduates, current high school students taking CNM dual-credit classes, later learners returning for a career change, professionals leveling up with a new skill or certification, students who are taking the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, as well as individuals simply exploring a passion.
According to Complete College America, by the year 2020, 61 percent of all jobs will require at least a certificate or associate degree. Students who earn an associate degree from CNM can expect to earn $10,700 more per year, on average, than someone with a high school diploma.
Due to CNM’s affordability, 78 percent of CNM students graduate with no student loan debt, which is 16 percent better than the national average.
Our Faculty & Staff
CNM Faculty and Staff members serve as the important link between our students and their success.
CNM employees bring the college’s Vision, Mission and Values to life every day. The college employs about 1,900 faculty and staff members who are passionate about our Vision of “Changing Lives, Building Community.” Many faculty and staff have earned impressive distinctions and awards while delivering a level of instruction and services that have earned CNM a national reputation for excellence and innovation.
CNM is very committed to supporting the growth and development of our faculty and staff, who contribute tremendously to the success of our students, community and state.
The CNM Foundation provides extra financial assistance necessary for the citizens of Central New Mexico Community College’s service area to obtain the quality educational opportunities they deserve.
The CNM Foundation leverages private funding resources and opportunities to support Central New Mexico Community College. This has resulted in more than 30 million dollars in program support and distributing more than 32,000 scholarship awards to support students.
We invite you to learn more about our four major initiatives that have been developed to support CNM and CNM students.