Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)

525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque, NM

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Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is a two-year institution of higher education located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. CNM has four campuses in the Albuquerque area and a Workforce Training Center. The school offers 52 occupational certificates and many short-term career and technical courses.  CNM also offers associate's degrees in arts, sciences, and 48 occupational fields, as well as college transfer courses for students who wish to transfer to four-year institutions.

CNM offers many online courses as well as GED courses, adult basic education and developmental education. High school students can earn college and high school credits simultaneously through CNM's dual-enrollment programs. Additionally, CNM partners with Albuquerque Public Schools to offer the Early College Academy, a program that allows high school students to earn an associate's degree at the same time they earn a high school diploma.


Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) was established in 1965 as a trade school called Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (TVI). The original mission, to provide adults with occupational education, continues today.  The first 150 students of TVI studied in a vacated elementary school building and empty military barracks. That site, on 60 acres, is now CNM's Main Campus.

Accredited in 1978, TVI became an independent school district in 1979. The school's Montoya Campus was founded that same year. In 1985, college preparation courses were added to the curriculum that had previously focused on vocational training in business, health, technologies and trades.  In 1986, the school was authorized to offer associate's degrees, which led to greater expansion and status as a community college.  With its new status as a top community college for the region, TVI changed its name to Central New Mexico Community College in 2006.


The academic calendar of Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer terms.

Colleges and Schools

In addition to Adult & General Education, CNM courses are offered through its six academic schools:

  • Applied Technologies
  • Business and Information Technology
  • Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Adult and General Education
  • Health, Wellness and Public Safety
  • Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Student Life

There are many student clubs and organizations available to students on all CNM campuses, including the Hispanic Student Business Association and the Native American Student Club, among others. CNM offers many services for all students, including academic advisors and a program called "Achievement Coaches," which is comprised of student advocates who encourage their peers and help them cope with academic and personal challenges. CNM's Center for Working Families provides a variety of support for students including financial and academic support.

Low-cost child-care is available to qualified students, and the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union is available to CNM students.  There are many programs designed to help students, such as the Service Learning program that gives students the opportunity to earn college credit while helping the community.


Although there are some intramural sports clubs available at CNM, there are no formal athletics teams participating in intercollegiate sports at this time.

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Main Campus in Albuquerque, CNM has Workforce Training Center and four satellite campuses:

  • Montoya Campus
  • Rio Rancho Campus
  • South Valley Campus
  • Westside Campus

Community Life

CNM is proud of its partnerships in the local community.  The school's Center for Community Programs and Partnerships provides students with academic and non-academic programs that improve quality of life and academic progress.

The CNM Community Education offers non-credit lifelong learning to community members in a variety of areas.  

And, to foster economic development in New Mexico and support local businesses, CNM continues to be a primary resource for vocational training through its Workforce Training Center (WTC). To help encourage learning and career training in the community, CNM offers a "Gift of Learning" card, which allows for the purchase of a gift card for courses a the CNM Workforce Training Center.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $3,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $1,200-$1,500
    • Out-of-State: $6,500-$7,776
  • Per unit charges are around $56 for part time students

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid85%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships83%$4,544
Receiving Student Loans10%$3,510

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Central New Mexico Community College may provide services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how Central New Mexico Community College compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Bernalillo County and community colleges in New Mexico in total.

 CNMBernalillo CountyNew Mexico
Graduation Rate10.6%9.0%14.7%
Transfer-out Rate23.5%23.8%15.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2003)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1989)
    • Find all the other nursing programs in New Mexico

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Precision Production


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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