Employees Honored for Outstanding Work

CNM employees Anthony Rael, Pam Etre-Perez, Tom Pierce and Christine Duncan were recently honored by the college for outstanding efforts, which included establishing an English as a Second Language class for CNM Operations employees and for organizing the disbursement of $23 million in financial aid to students.
July 16, 2015


December 2012

The employees were awarded with CNM candy dishes during the November Governing Board meeting.

Duncan, the bursar in the Cashier's Office, helped lead efforts to disburse more than $23 million in financial aid to over 12,000 students earlier in the fall term. Duncan and her staff came in between 2 and 4 a.m. on disbursement day to ensure the delivery of checks to students went smoothly.

Rael, director of Operations, Etre-Perez, dean of the School of Adult & General Education, and Pierce, director of Adult Basic Education, teamed up to start an ESL class for Operations employees seeking to improve their English skills. The ESL class is currently being provided to 14 employees free of charge twice per week, and employees take the class during their regular work hours.

Rael came up with the idea after hearing a common theme during employee evaluations – many employees with native languages other than English would frequently mention that an ESL class would be a very helpful professional development opportunity.

Rael approached SAGE about the possibility of offering an ESL class to employees. Etre-Perez and Pierce embraced the idea and got the ball rolling.

"This is a great example of CNM being willing to invest in its employees," Etre-Perez said. "It's a great workplace literacy program."

Pierce says that creating a class for employees only makes the experience even more productive for the employees and the college.

"Sometimes staff feel a little odd being in a class with regular students," Pierce said. "They're more comfortable being around their coworkers. The instruction is tailored to CNM employees and they love their teacher."

Their teacher is part-time faculty member Terry Toman, who says this class/professional development opportunity is "working like a charm."

"Once they got through the initial anxiety of the first couple classes, they've loved it," Toman said. "They love coming during work time and they are very committed."

More ESL classes for Operations staff are being considered for the spring.

The Albuquerque Journal did a front-page story on the class in its Dec. 3 edition.