Friday, October 08, 2010
CNM Is Ahead of the Game
By James Monteleone
Journal Staff Writer
Central New Mexico Community College is setting the standard for many of the best practices recommended at this week's White House summit on community colleges, CNM President Katharine Winograd said Thursday.
Winograd was invited to represent New Mexico community colleges at the Washington, D.C., summit on Tuesday that focused on how colleges can improve graduation rates and workforce training.
The forum invited students, college administrators, philanthropic groups and private businesses to share ideas on how to improve education at community colleges around the country. It was hosted by Jill Biden, a community college instructor and wife of Vice President Joe Biden.
Discussions, however, emphasized many programs CNM is already doing, Winograd said.
Summit-recommended programs in place at CNM include dual credit classes shared with area high schools, work force advisory boards that consult on the necessary skills taught in vocational programs and detailed transfer agreements with the state's four-year universities.
"I came away feeling so proud of CNM because in many ways CNM was doing most of, if not all of, what were being discussed around the table in terms of solutions for community colleges," Winograd said.
Many of the 100 participants expressed familiarity with CNM's programs and its success within the community, she said.
Recommended improvements included considering credit programs for work experience done before enrollment at CNM, an idea recommended by private business representatives to encourage workers to go back to school. CNM will consider that option, Winograd said.