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Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), formerly Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, is the community college for metropolitan Albuquerque, New Mexicomarker.

TVI, as most locals referred to it, changed its name to Central New Mexico Community College, on June 2, 2006.[100136][100137]


In 1963, CNM (then TVI) was authorized by the New Mexico Legislature and voters approved its creation in 1964 to "provide adults with skills necessary for success in the world of work." CNM was administered as part of the Albuquerque Public Schools system, and its governing board was originally the Albuquerque Board of Education. Since 1979, a separate seven-member governing board has been elected by voters in the seven districts that collectively constitute CNM's Tax District. These areas include all of Bernalillo County, New Mexico (including Albuquerque), and part of Sandoval County, New Mexico (including Rio Rancho).

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredited CNM in 1978, and the New Mexico Legislature allowed the school to begin granting degrees in 1986. CNM had essentially become a community college.

In the late 1980s, liberal arts degrees were the most frequently awarded degree, and the University of New Mexicomarker shifted its remedial courses to the purview of CNM.

CNM is the largest postsecondary institution in the state of New Mexicomarker in terms of enrollment. CNM also provides the largest online distance learning program in the state and one of the largest in the country for public colleges, with over 225 credit courses.

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Max Salazar Hall in the Main Campus

In the spring term of 2009, CNM became the largest postsecondary institution in the state in terms of enrollment, surpassing the University of New Mexico for the first time. In spring 2009, CNM's enrollment was 24,621 for college-credit courses, compared to UNM's 24,449. CNM also serves several thousand students who take non-credit courses, such as adult and developmental courses, and topics courses through the Community Education Academy.

CNM is a regionally-accredited, comprehensive, urban, all commuter, two-year public community college with multiple campuses that offers affordable and accessible postsecondary education and training in a variety of career and technical, college transfer, adult and developmental education, as well as workforce training courses and programs that can be tailored to the workforce needs of business and industry in New Mexico.


CNM offers 47 associate's degrees that span the arts and sciences and career and technical fields. CNM offers 52 certificates in business, health, technologies, and other career and technical fields. CNM offers college courses that are transferrable to four-year universities in more than 30 arts and sciences disciplines.


In the fall 2008 semester, 24,870 students were enrolled in college-credit courses at CNM, which was an all-time enrollment high for the college.CNM has a very diverse student body. In spring 2009, there were 7,048 Hispanic students enrolled at CNM, 6,429 White students, 1,246 Native American students, 672 Black students and 487 Asian students.


311 full-time faculty, 646 part-time faculty.


The South Building and pedestrian bridge over Coal Avenue at CNM's Main Campus

CNM has four campus locations in Albuquerque and a Workforce Training Center with a total of 215,259 square feet (19,998 m²) of classroom and 262,507 square feet (24,388 m²) of laboratory space. Each of CNM's campuses offers day and evening courses. A fifth campus is scheduled to open in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, in fall 2010.

  • Main Campus, near downtown, at Coal and University SE
  • Montoya Campus, in the northeast heights, near Montgomery and Juan Tabo NE
  • CNM Westside, at 10549 Universe Blvd., NW
  • South Valley Campus, at 5816 Isleta SW

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