More Robust Educational Benefit Policy in Effect as of July 1

July 3, 2014 -- As of July 1, employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement are now eligible for enhanced educational benefits that were approved by the CNM Governing Board. The benefits still need to be negotiated through the collective bargaining process for employees covered by a CBA.
July 16, 2015

The new benefits allow for up to an additional six credit hours to be covered for some employees and dependents. CNM regular full-time employees will be able to receive tuition waivers for up to 18 credit hours per calendar year if enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CNM, or they can receive tuition reimbursement for up to 18 credit hours at another higher education institution. A regular full-time employee can take advantage of both benefit options, but the combined credit hours can't exceed 18 credit hours in a calendar year. Dependents of regular full-time employees can also receive tuition waivers for up to 18 credit hours per calendar year if enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CNM. Regular part-time employees and their dependents can receive tuition waivers for up to nine credit hours per academic year if enrolled in a degree or certificate program at CNM.

The Governing Board and administration hopes that these improved education benefits will encourage more CNM employees and their family members to advance their education.

With supervisor approval, a full-time employee may use up to three hours per work week to take CNM courses.

Since the effective date is July 1, 2014, the benefits for the remainder of 2014 will cover half of the above mentioned credit hour limits. Starting with the 2015 calendar year, the full benefits will be available.

Departments should note that the reimbursement benefit will now be transitioning to a centralized College budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. The Budget Office will be working with departments to assess budgets and help with the transition.

Human Resources, Budget, Business Office, Cashier’s Office, Information Technology Services, and Payroll are currently working collaboratively to refine the educational benefit process and forms to align with these changes. The Source will be updated this summer to include the improved automated process. You can visit the Human Resources website for the most current information.

For detailed information regarding the new policy please refer to the Employee Handbook section 6.01. For employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, please refer to applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information regarding your educational benefit options. For more information, please contact Human Resources at 224-4600.