Central New Mexico Community College
Central New Mexico Community College President Katharine Winograd with Walter Bumphus and Marie Foster Gnage after receiving the 2013 Student Success Award.
With the CNM Connect initiative, Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) has rolled out the welcome mat to its students and created a culture of success.
CNM Connect offers the college’s 30,000 students access to achievement coaches, financial coaching, study skills workshops, free tax preparations, and more in one location. It “fosters student success in a holistic way,” according to the program’s mission, and helps give students a feeling of community from their first day on campus.
“It’s the front door of our college,” said CNM President Katharine Winograd.
That door is always open.
In 2012, nearly 6,500 students used Connect services, and the number is growing. Some drop in to pick up scholarship applications. Others need help balancing their checkbooks or have questions about accessing public benefits. Many students come to visit achievement coaches, who are there to help students figure out their goals.