Colombian Students Begin CNM Experience Via Global Ed Program

Nov. 10, 2016 -- A group of five students from Colombia are taking classes in CNM’s CISCO Certified Network Associate program as part of a CNM Global Education student exchange program with Colombia’s Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), or its National Training Service, which is Colombia’s largest public institution that provides free vocational and technical training to around nine million Colombians annually.
November 10, 2016

This is the first group of international students to participate in CNM's new Global Education program.

The Colombian students are taking the CISCO classes at the Workforce Training Center during their two-week stay in Albuquerque. On Monday, they were welcomed by President Kathie Winograd during a lunch in the Student Resource Center.

During their stay, they will tour many New Mexico attractions, including visits to the Albuquerque BioPark; a Trolley Tour of Old Town; a ride on the RailRunner to Santa Fe to visit the Plaza, Meow Wolf and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum; a tour of the National Hispanic Cultural Center; a tour of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History; a visit to Explora in Old Town; and several dinners at local restaurants and the homes of CNM employees.

A group of CNM students traveled to Medellin, Colombia, as part of the student exchange program with Colombia’s SENA.

The CNM-SENA Exchange Program consists of the following four core elements:

  • Language proficiency assessment and contextualized language instruction. The students were required to be at a lower-intermediate (basic conversational) fluency level in the language of the host country prior to traveling. To ensure this, students took a contextualized language course in their home country prior to participating in the exchange. Instruction links to the Cisco Academy course material for maximum relevance. During the 2-week exchange, students take a daily language course in the exchange country, as well as receiving instruction in the host country language.
  • Cisco Networking Academy “boot camp.” CNM and SENA Medellín designed a 40-hour refresher course that prepares students to be successful on the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification exam. A portion of the coursework was completed online prior to the exchange. Upon completion, students will be ready to take the CCNA exam, the cost of which will be included in the program.
  • Cultural Immersion. Each day of the two-week exchange, students are given opportunities to tour job sites and engage in cultural activities. These opportunities will give participants an understanding of cultural and professional differences and similarities between the educational and professional environments in Colombia and in the United States.
  • The Ice House Entrepreneurial Mindset. Also included in the Cisco coursework as part of this program will be an adapted version of the Entrepreneurial Mindset course. The course is adapted from the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program and helps prepare students for the workplace.

The student exchange with Colombia’s SENA was made possible by President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative grant, which is the White House’s “signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere designed to foster region-wide prosperity through greater international exchange of students.” CNM received a $40,000 grant to work with SENA on this student exchange.

The goal of CNM’s Global Education program is to increase the global competence of CNM students and empower them with the ability to compete, connect, and collaborate on a global scale. CNM’s Global Education program will also provide the flexibility and support of a community college to learners worldwide. Components of the initiative include education abroad, international students on campus, English proficiency, workforce development, and internationalizing curriculum.