Groundbreaking of CNM-APS Instructional Building Scheduled

Central New Mexico Community College and Albuquerque Public Schools to commemorate their partnership
February 13, 2018

Central New Mexico Community College and Albuquerque Public Schools will commemorate the next step in their partnership to expand education opportunities that are beneficial for Albuquerque at the groundbreaking for a new, collaborative facility located on CNM’s Main Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m.

When completed, the 80,000 square-foot, four-story facility will be the new home for the College & Career High School (an APS magnet school), the Native American Community Academy (an APS charter school) and CNM’s Teacher Education and Early Childhood Multicultural Education programs. A blessing ceremony and a dance performance will be conducted by the NACA community at the groundbreaking. The event will take place on the east side of the Student Services Center on Main Campus

CNM President Katharine Winograd, APS Chief Operations Officer Scott Elder and NACA Executive Director Kara Bobroff will speak at the event.

“The groundbreaking for this new building is a remarkable and very encouraging milestone for the future of education in Albuquerque and New Mexico,” said CNM President Katharine Winograd. “Our strong partnership with APS is helping more high school students participate in higher education at an earlier age. That is so important for students, their families and our community as we all strive to help more students become college graduates and have a good career and a good life.”

The College & Career High School (CCHS), which is outgrowing its current location on Main Campus, allows high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to take CNM dual-credit classes that count for both high school and college credit. While working toward their high school diploma, the students also earn college credits toward a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree. Last year, CCHS posted the fourth best score in the state among all public schools and the highest score among APS in the New Mexico Public Education Department’s annual school grading report. The school was established through a CNM-APS partnership in 2013 and it has earned an “A” grade every year since from PED. In 2016, it was the only school in the state to receive “A” grades in all eight categories of the PED rankings.

Native American Community Academy students.CCHS students typically spend half of their day taking APS classes and the other half taking CNM dual-credit classes. Tuition and textbooks are free for students. The school opened with 45 students in 2013 and has grown to more than 140. The new building will expand capacity for CCHS to between 300 and 400 students.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with CNM. Over the years we’ve collaborated on new learning models that have expanded learning choices for students and dramatically changed the course of thousands of futures,” said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. “Of course, better educational outcomes like this wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community and we are very grateful.”

The building will also be the new home for the Native American Community Academy’s high school students. The vision of NACA is to create “a thriving and dynamic community where students, educators, families and Native community leaders come together, creating a place for students to grow, become leaders, and prepare to excel in both college and life in general.”

“We are excited that NACA students will have access to a leading college outside their front door and also that we will be able to share the unique aspects of the NACA mission,” said Kara Bobroff, executive director of NACA, which serves 436 students in K-12. “Indigenous studies, languages, innovations and leadership are all strengths of the NACA community, and similarly CNM’s vision for innovation and its core values of service and community will provide our students and families with unbound opportunities and serve as a national model for collaboration and success.”

The building, which will also be home to CNM’s Teacher Education and Early Childhood Multicultural Education programs, will provide a collaborative environment and valuable learning opportunities for CNM students preparing to become teachers. CNM students in Teacher Education will get the opportunity to observe high school teachers in the classroom and the site will be used as a place to complete student teaching requirements for those planning to be high school teachers. CNM students will also benefit from learning about cultural practices specific to Native American students, and indigenous teaching and learning methods used at NACA. The facility will provide opportunities for CNM’s Teacher Education faculty members and the CCHS and NACA teachers to participate in joint professional development activities.

Scheduled to open in fall 2019 on CNM’s Main Campus, the building will be near the Student Services Center and the Student Resource Center, providing students easy access to the library, tutoring, academic advisors and many other CNM services. The building will have 32 classrooms, a large student commons area and a multi-purpose room for large events. Each floor of the building will have large outdoor terraces, including a roof terrace on the fourth floor. The building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification and will have solar panels on the roof.

The cost of the $35 million facility is being split evenly between CNM and APS. CNM’s $17.5 million will come from voter-approved bonds. The $17.5 million from APS comes from voter-approved bonds and mil levy.