Adult Education Session Makes Citizenship Information Accessible


Adult Education Session Makes Citizenship Information Accessible

Albuquerque Field Office Director Jesse Méndez’s passion for demystifying U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was clear during the U.S. citizenship information session he recently held on Northern’s campus by invitation of Reid Wessels, Adult Education Director.

“So many people see a suit and immigration services and think we’re here to deport or report people,” said Méndez. “Enforcement is a different branch (ICE). At USCIS we’re focused on processing applications and helping people find accurate information about documentation processes.”

During the February 4 information session Méndez offered basic information about the citizenship and gave attendees pointers on how to successfully complete the process. The session was conducted in Spanish with presentation slides in English. At the end of the session attendees were able to ask additional questions and receive answers from Méndez.

“I would like to be able to offer information sessions like this to the community and Northern’s campus on a regular basis,” said Wessels. “Maybe eventually we can offer a citizenship class again if there is enough demand for it.”

Adult Education at Northern assists adult learners in enhancing their academic skills, completing their secondary education, and transitioning into higher education and substantive employment. This includes providing support for passing the High School Equivalency Exam and offering classes such as ESL, writing, and basic computer skills.

Job Posting

President of the College

Northern New Mexico College
Española, New Mexico

President of the College

The Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents is seeking an exceptional educational leader to assume the presidency of a unique post-secondary institution with a rich history and promising future. Northern New Mexico College serves over 1,000 students in the culturally diverse north-central area of New Mexico.

Salary will be in the $170,000-$180,000 range and is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is available and will be negotiated by the Regents with the successful candidate.

Candidates may obtain the digital application package from Please contact NNMC Search Consultant Dr. Hugh Prather-505.321.1467-with any questions.

The application phase of the search closes March 11, 2016. Digital applications must be received by that date to be considered.

NNMC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Job Posting

Assistant Professor/Coordinator, Field Experience and Placements

The Coordinator for Field Experience and Placements reports directly to the Dean, College of Education. The position will require meeting with students and program coordinators in each education program regarding application for student teaching, the placement of student teachers, and the placement of other teacher education candidates for field experiences. Additional responsibilities will include duties related to accreditation (CAEP/NCATE) of all teacher education programs at the college. This position will require development and teaching of courses live, hybrid and/ or online. Maintaining office hours and attending meetings including, but not limited to, Department meetings by representing the unit at college-wide meetings/committees.


• Placement of student teachers and other teacher education candidates for field experiences, supervision of candidates in field experiences/ internships, and essential duties related to the accreditation of all teacher education programs at Northern New Mexico College, e.g., collection, aggregation, analysis & dissemination of assessment data. Related duties include teaching internship seminar and other courses in area of expertise (e.g., ECE, TESOL).

• The Coordinator will be responsible for tracking and managing student progress from intake until completion; including collecting and tracking certification paperwork and documentation required for field experience and practica.

• The Coordinator will be responsible for developing, reviewing, modifying, and implementing unit’s field placement and evaluation procedures and guidelines and oversee accreditation data collection and analysis.

• Provide department programs and course offerings leading to baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees and certificates, and meet the educational needs of students in northern New Mexico.

• Provide activities and learning opportunities, which meet the educational and community service needs and interests of students and the community.

• Develop strategies to help students succeed; track student progress and provide reports

• Visit local schools/ centers, train mentor teachers, and maintain database records

• Serve as college liaison with area high schools, child development centers, community organizations, etc.

• Coordinate placements; provide training opportunities for the unit and keep unit abreast of new developments and innovation in support of field experiences and practica

• Attend college-wide meetings/ committees (i.e., advisement, recruitment, enrollment management, etc.)

• Assist with pre-enrollment workshops, information sessions, and new student orientation for the unit and college-wide as appropriate

• Provide academic and career advisement for students (i.e., appropriate course load, work load, prerequisites and co-requisites and requirements for certain career fields, occupational opportunities with certain majors/ workforce programs

• Provide assistance to student, parents and community agencies with accurate up-to date information which will assist in making sound educational decisions

• Assist with recruitment activities to include arranging on-site college visits for parents and students

• Provide information and referrals to students needing services such as: tutoring, testing, career counseling, financial aid, disability services

• Establish and maintain interdepartmental relationships with all student services, instructional programs and school districts.

• Assist with the planning, implementation and evaluation of College of Education-sponsored activities (i.e., information sessions, graduation ceremonies, new student orientation, faculty/ staff meetings, PTEAC, etc.)

• Assist with updates to the College of Education manual, website and promotional materials

• Teach on-line/ hybrid courses as needed, and engage in pursuit of scholarship appropriate to the profession; willing to pursue grant opportunities

• Provide unit leadership and consistent services by implementation of institutional procedures, forms, and reports

• Assume leadership role in accreditation planning and preparation (NAEYC, CAEP/ NCATE)

• Develop, maintain and engage unit in the assessment of candidate performance and unit operations

• Monitor candidate performance

• Collect, aggregate, analyze and disseminate assessment data, maintain and monitor data collection system

• Assist with college-wide, department, and state, reporting


• A combination of a Ph.D. or equivalent in ECE or TESOL and 3 years or more experience teaching in the Pre K-12 educational setting is required, (ABD considered).

• Preference will be given to applicants who possess experience working with basic education administrators and teachers is highly desirable. Experience in applying/ managing grants.


• Certification in a basic educational subject, content, or grade level is required.

• Must travel to local schools as needed to coordinate placement & supervise the candidates in field experiences/ internships.

• Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.


• Knowledge and ability to provide academic advisement, personal counseling referrals, student teaching placement, career guidance, tutorial services, and developmental studies to assist students in achieving their maximum potential and sustain school partnership.

• Strong knowledge and skills in standards-based instructional planning and assessment of learning.

• Strong knowledge and skills in using multiple techniques for teaching various education majors and candidates.

• Working knowledge of teacher certification requirements and skills in teaching and preparing candidates for teacher certification.

• Strong knowledge and skills in mentoring and supervising candidates in field experiences in area schools.

• Excellent communication skills.

• Ability in teaching in traditional face-to-face format, and proficient in hybrid and online formats.

• Ability to communicate well and perform well in an interview and/or teaching demonstration to successfully complete the interview process.

• Ability to provide adequate organizational and support services to meet student’s needs and to maintain integrity and quality in its educational offerings.

• Ability to work well with others in cooperative endeavors.

• Ability to work with and present to diverse groups of student and good customer relation skills.

• Ability to coordinate, organize and anticipate details for special programs and events.

• Ability to coordinate and handle multiple priorities/conflicting priorities and set priorities.

• Ability to manage multiple projects successfully and work under pressure on a variety of projects simultaneously.


• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment and classroom setting.

• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

• No or very limited physical effort required.

Send letter of interest, current resume to: Northern New Mexico College Office of Human Resources, Attn: Nicole Fresquez, 921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532 or email to

EEO/AA Employer

Northern New Mexico College serves a diverse multicultural population and is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status or disability, or any other protected class in its programs, activities or employment.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It not designated to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

College of Business Offering New Accelerated Degree: Graduate in 16 months!


College of Business Offering New Accelerated Degree: Graduate in 16 months!

The Dean of Northern’s College of Business Administration, Dr. Lori Baca, announced in late December that a new accelerated Associate Degree program in Business Administration will be offered at the college starting with the Spring 2016 semester on January 19.

“This program is structured to be accessible to people who might be working full time and want to advance in their careers by pursuing an advanced degree,” said Dr. Baca.

A highlight of the program is that classes are consolidated to one day per week, running from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. The accelerated program will take just sixteen months to complete, at the end of which graduates will receive an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Business Administration.

An Associate Degree in Business Administration can make job candidates more competitive and increase earning potential for a variety of positions such as project managers, executive assistants, human resources managers, office managers, organizational managers or accounting positions.

The mission of the accelerated program is to help enrolled students advance in their careers and increase their earnings while continuing to work and meet other demands in their lives.

Happy New Year! Free Microsoft Office 365 for the Northern Community

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Happy New Year! Free Microsoft Office 365 for the Northern Community


All Students and Staff: Obtain FREE licenses of Microsoft Office

Current students and staff with e-mail addresses can now obtain free licenses of Microsoft Office 365 as part of Northern New Mexico College’s agreement with Microsoft.

Our agreement allows students and staff to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access on up to 5 PCs or Macs and Office apps on other mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPads®. The plan also includes 1TB of OneDrive storage, managed by Northern New Mexico College.

If you are eligible, you can use the plan until you graduate or are no longer enrolled or employed at Northern New Mexico College. Eligibility may be re-verified at any time.

At expiration, the Office applications enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means documents can be viewed but it isn’t possible to edit or create new documents. In addition, online services associated with your Northern New Mexico College e-mail address, for example Office Online and OneDrive, will no longer work.

An Internet connection is required to download the software.

To access your free software:

  1. Navigate to in the Internet browser of your choosing.
  2. Enter your e-mail address at the resulting screen.
  3. Next, select "Student" if you are a student and select "Teacher" if you are staff.
  4. An email will then be sent to you for verification purposes. Click "Yes, that's me" in the email from Office 365 Education to continue.
  5. You will then be taken to a screen where you will need to fill our your name and create a password, then click "Start".
  6. The next screen will present you with download options for Microsoft Office.
  7. Select “Install” to be brought to the software download page. If you have previously downloaded and installed Microsoft Office on another computer through this account, it will be listed on this screen.
  8. Click the “Install” button and run the downloaded file to install Microsoft Office.

LANL Donates CNC Machine to Northern Engineering

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LANL Donates CNC Machine to Northern Engineering

Española, NM - The College of Engineering and Technology at Northern New Mexico College received a computerized numerical control (CNC) milling machine last week from the Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL). CNC machines control machining processes using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).

“A piece of equipment like this can easily cost over $100,000 new,” said Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean of Northern’s School of Engineering and Technology.

LANL helps colleges obtain classroom and laboratory equipment through its LEEG (Laboratory Education Equipment Gift) program, which repurposes retired LANL property for educational purposes.

“The program moves retired property to a group at LANL that determines its suitability for repurposing,” said Janelle Vigil-Maestas, an Education Outreach Specialist at LANL. “Last fall, Dr. Lopez, requested some items and we were able to determine that one of those, a CNC milling machine, was available to give to Northern.”

Dr. Ashis Nandy, Assistant Professor at Northern's College of Engineering and Technology, looks forward to incorporating the machine into his classes. “The CNC mill can be used to teach Northern’s Electromechanical Engineering Technology students modern manufacturing and machining technologies,” he said.

Besides the benefit to Northern’s current students, hundreds of high school and middle school students can be introduced to the donated LANL equipment through Northern's Friday Academy program and dual credit courses, which are part of Northern’s continuing effort to promote STEM awareness and enthusiasm among the next generation of students.

President Barceló to Leave Her Post at the End of the Year

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President Barceló to Leave Her Post at the End of the Year

Española, NM - During a special meeting last night, Northern's Board of Regents announced that President Nancy Barceló will leave her leadership position with the College on December 31. Originally, President Barceló was scheduled to end her presidency in June of 2016.

“The Regents and President Barceló agreed together that she will leave her leadership position with the College on the last day of December,” stated Board President, Rosario Garcia. “The President requested the opportunity to leave early and begin her sabbatical sooner, and we collectively agreed.”

Following Garcia’s statement, a motion was approved to appoint Domingo Sanchez as Interim President during the College’s search for President Barceló’s successor. Sanchez, who currently serves as Northern’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, will assume his interim post on January 1.

Northern Nurses Acknowledged for Excellence at 2015 Nursing Awards

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Northern Nurses Acknowledged for Excellence at 2015 Nursing Awards

Barbara Morrison, a student in Northern’s RN to BSN program, was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Practice Award in Behavioral Health at the 2015 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards Banquet held November 7 in Santa Ana Pueblo.

Morrison, a staff nurse at the UNM Psychiatric Center, has a career spanning more than 20 years. Morrison’s former supervisor, Alice Whitt, RNC, BS, at the UNM Psychiatric Center nominated her for the award.

“She is so dedicated to the patients,” said Whitt. “She is always out of the nurses’ station, spending time with the patients and their families.”

According to Whitt, by keeping patients as her priority Morrison has been able to successfully manage the administrative demands of her work. “Barbara takes an active role in improving patient care. She assisted in completing a needs assessment to find out the training needs for nurses in her unit and she also started a poetry group to offer patients an outlet to express their feelings,” Whitt said.

Also recognized at the Nursing Excellence Awards Banquet was Theresa Lopez, MSN, RNC, CNE, Director of Northern’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program. Lopez was nominated for the Excellence in Education/Research/Academia Award of Distinction.

Lopez has served as a nurse for over 30 years in various capacities. Besides being the ADN program director at Northern, she works as an RN in the Newborn and Postpartum Unit at Espanola’s Presbyterian Hospital.

“She encourages and motivates nurses, whether in the classroom or in the hospital, to go back to school for their BSN, MSN and Doctorate degrees,” says Katie Tomarelli, Assistant Professor in the ADN Program. “Through her leadership over this past year, the faculty has changed the nursing curriculum, aligning it more closely with NMNEC and national standards.”

The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence has hosted the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards annually since 2005, honoring nurses throughout the state for their outstanding contributions in twenty specialty areas.

Barbara Morrison, RN to BSN student at Northern won the 2015 Excellence in Practice Award in Behavioral Health.
Theresa Lopez, MSN, RNC, CNE, Director of Northern’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program was nominated for the Excellence in Education/Research/Academia Award.

Barbara Morrison, RN to BSN student at Northern.

Theresa Lopez, MSN, RNC, CNE, Director of Northern’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program.

Northern New Mexico College Regents Approve Presidential Search Firm, New President to be in Place by July 1, 2016

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Northern New Mexico College Regents Approve Presidential Search Firm, New President to be in Place by July 1, 2016

December 2, 2015, Española, NM – The Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents agreed unanimously today to hire Prather Consulting to assist in its search for a new college president.

“Dr. Hugh Prather comes highly recommended for the position,” said Regent Kevin Powers. “After consultation with other institutions that have engaged in similar searches, I believe that Dr. Prather can best assist in our search for Northern’s new president.”

The contract between Prather Consulting and the College will not exceed $18,000 for up to one hundred hours of work.

“Dr. Prather agrees that having a new president in place by July 1 appears to be a reasonable goal,” reported Powers.

Prather Consulting is one of several firms that provided the Board with proposals since President Nancy Barceló announced her retirement in September. Barceló’s retirement will become effective June 30, 2016.

Over the past month the Board has solicited nominations from staff, faculty and students to serve on the search committee, which will also include local community representation. Members of the presidential search committee have yet to be announced.


Introducing Annelise Burlett, Northern's New PR Specialist/Reporter


Introducing Annelise Burlett, Northern's New PR Specialist/Reporter

Annelise Burlett has joined Northern as the new PR Specialist/Staff Reporter in the Communications & Marketing Office. She has worked in publishing and editorial positions for over a decade and most recently was Creative Director at the Kundalini Research Institute in Española.

A graduate of Truman State University in northeastern Missouri, she spent ten years living and working in Bloomington, Indiana before moving to New Mexico in 2013. Outside of her work, Annelise has many interests including songwriting, yoga, organic gardening, and vegan baking, but more than anything loves spending time with her family.

Please stop by the Communications Office in AD 135 and wish Annelise a warm Northern welcome.

Annelise can be reached at x2193 and by email at

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