NNMC Covid-19 Response

Dear Northern Community: The College is open, online, and our faculty and staff are here to serve you.

While campus buildings are closed in observance of Governor Grisham's extended Covid-19 protocols, the College is fully operational online. Northern is taking a pro-active approach to protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, employees and community — and we are doing all we can to accommodate the needs of students at this time. We are working closely with local, state and national entities to monitor the situation and provide updates.

Transition to Online Instruction and Services for Summer & Fall 2020

All Summer and Fall 2020 classes and student services will be delivered in an online format, and presence on Northern campuses will remain as minimal as possible, as the College continues to follow safety protocols and maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. Resources for students and employees, and answers to frequently asked questions are posted here on this webpage. Please check your college email and this website regularly, and stay connected to your professors, supervisors and co-workers.

"As we encounter new challenges daily," said NNMC President Dr. Rick Bailey, Jr., "if we remember our guides—compassion, empathy, and our culture of caring—and keep them at the center of our decision-making process, we will get through this together."

Covid-19 Admissions Updates

Applying to Northern New Mexico College is as easy as 1-2-3!
Questions? New to college? Not sure you have everything you need?
No worries! We are here to help you through the process!

To begin our simplified application process:

1.  Fill out our online application.

2. Submit any of the following documents that you have to the Admissions Office.

  • High School Transcripts
  • Transcripts for dual-credit and college courses taken
  • Any college entrance or placement exam scores (including Accuplacer or HiSet) you may have.

3. Meet with a First-Year Academic Advisor

  • Email the Advisement Center at advisement@nnmc.edu, or call 505 747.2150.
  • An advisor will help you develop your academic plans and schedule.

Northern New Mexico College Admissions Office
Email: Admission@nnmc.edu
Mailing address: Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532

Call Campaign Response Form- Students Who are Eligible to Enroll

Admissions Office

Phone: 505.747.2111
Fax: 505.747.5449
Mon-Fri, 8am–5pm

Application Deadlines
For Summer/Fall 2020

Degree-Seeking: June 4/Aug  7, 2020
Non-Degree: June 12/Aug 14, 2020

Payment Deadlines: See myNNMC

Admissions Interest Form
What type of student are you?
Transfer Students
International Students
High School/Dual Credit

Northern New Mexico College Admissions Office

Email: Admission@nnmc.edu / Phone: 505 747-2111

Mailing address: Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM  87532

Your are a Transfer student if you have attended college elsewhere and are seeking a degree or certificate at Northern.

  • Complete a Certificate/Degree Application for Admission online
  • Request that each college you’ve previously attended send an official transcript to:
    Office of Admissions
    Northern New Mexico College
    921 Paseo de Oñate
    Española, NM 87532
  • If you have not yet completed courses equivalent to Northern’s ENG 111 and MATH 130 (or higher), contact Advisement at advisement@nnmc.edu

The following list details the requirements for admission to Northern as an International Student.
Questions, please contact Sara McCormick at sara.mccormick@nnmc.edu

To expedite the admissions process, please submit all your documents as a complete packet and keep a copy for yourself.

1. DOWNLOAD AN International Admissions Application
Be sure your application name exactly matches your name of record (the name on your passport or other official documents). Complete all sections and submit the application by mail to:

Frank Orona, Director of Admissions
Northern New Mexico College
921 Paseo de Oñate, Española, New Mexico
USA 87532

You will also need the following.
For complete details on the steps below, please go to International Student page:

  • AFTER THE ABOVE IS COMPLETED, Please register at study.eshipglobal.com

Admissions Office

Phone: 505.747.2111
Fax: 505.747.5449
Email: forona@nnmc.edu
Mon-Fri, 8am–5pm, MST

Get a jump start on college while you are still in high school!

Dual Credit is a statewide program allowing high school students to earn college credit tuition free. Here’s your chance to explore your interests and begin your future now!

You can apply online here!
Or download a print application.

Contact Deanne Brown
Dual Credit Coordinator

Benefits of the Dual Credit program

Dual Credit provides an opportunity for significant tuition savings. It gives students an opportunity to work towards a degree while in high school, and fulfills the requirement that all high school students must take one of the following courses to be eligible to graduate: honors, advanced placement, dual credit, or distance learning.

Remedial, developmental and fitness classes may not be taken for dual credit. Dual credit students are not eligible for scholarships or financial aid.

What type of Courses are offered?

In order to take a dual credit course, high school students must take either the ACT, SAT, or COMPASS placement exam. Scores help college advisors place students in courses that align with their career plans and academic preparation. Courses are offered:

  • At the high school with an instructor who has been certified to offer the course
  • Through online distance learning with other high school and dual credit students
  • At a college campus with college and dual credit students
How to enroll in a dual credit course
  • First meet with your high school counselor to complete the online application process.
  • If you have taken a college entrance or placement exam, submit those test scores when you apply.
  • Northern recruiters and advisors visit each high school to register students. Parent/guardian consent is required to complete the registration process.
  • Order required text books online at bncvirtual.com/nnmc
  • Tuition, general fees, and course specific fees are waived for dual credit students. Books are paid for by the high school.
Welcome to College!

When you are registered for a dual credit class at Northern, you are an official college student and are entitled to use the free resources available to all college students, including:

Grades and Transcripts

Grades will be mailed to the high school at the end of the semester. Students may access their final grades through their myNNMC account online. Grades are not mailed directly to students. Students who would like their NNMC transcripts mailed to another college or university, should submit a request to the NNMC Registrar’s office, located in the Administration Building.

This is you if you are a high school graduate or GED completer, but do not wish to pursue
a degree or certificate:

  • Complete a Non-degree Application for Admission form.
  • Register online for classes.
  • If you have trouble signing up for a course that has a pre-requisite, see an advisor for assistance.
  • Email the Advisement Center or call (505) 747-2150, Mon.-Fri., 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Submit any college entrance or placement exam scores (including Accuplacer or HiSet) you may have.

Community Rates

For Art Classes @Northern

3 Credits for $300
The same Northern art classes you've always loved at a special low price.*

See the full list in the Schedule of Classes
For more information, call 505.747.2295
*for non-degree seeking students taking 6 credits or less

Resources and Freqently Asked Questions

QUESTIONS? We are here to help. Email us at covid19@nnmc.edu.
Students with specific concerns, please contact Don Appiarius, Assistant Provost at don.appiarius@nnmc.edu.

Spring Semester extends to May 29, 2020.

Summer classes begin June 15, 2020, all delivered in an online format.

All on-campus events have been canceled or postponed until further notice.

Graduation: Students who meet the requirements for degree completion this semester will graduate, and the college will host a live, in-person ceremony and celebration when it is safe for us to convene again as a community.

All courses are being delivered in an online format.
Find your classes here: Revised Spring 2020 Class List.

Registration for Summer and Fall 2020 is now open.
Find Summer/Fall classes here: Summer/Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes

All Tutoring Resources are now online!
Click here to access Peer Tutoring, Math Learning Center and the Writing Center.

Tech Support for Online Classes & Meetings / Zoom or Blackboard
For questions, support, and troubleshooting for Staff, Faculty & Students

Concerns about access to internet or technology? Please complete the Student Technology Access form (or contact your instructor if you are unable to access the form).
Chromebooks are available for students who meet certain thresholds of need.

Stay informed. Stay connected! Please check your email and the college website often for updates. Stay in virtual contact with your supervisors or professors and classmates.

Questions? We are here to help. Email us at covid19@nnmc.edu. Students with specific concerns, please contact Don Appiarius, Assistant Provost at don.appiarius@nnmc.edu.

Commencement FAQ

Will commencement dates shift if semester dates shift?

Providing our students and their families with an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of earning a degree is one of the most important things we can do. We are monitoring the ever-changing situation, but in light of the current unprecedented global events, we have decided to delay all Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies. Revised dates and a revised schedule will be posted on our website when it has been finalized.

Since commencement has been postponed, does that mean I won’t graduate until the ceremony takes place?

Though the Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies are postponed, graduation is not. Students who complete their degree requirements will graduate from NNMC in May and receive their diploma digitally shortly thereafter. If a student does want to have a paper copy of their diploma, they will work directly with the Registrar’s Office to have it sent out via mail. We hope graduates come back and allow us to celebrate their accomplishments during a commencement ceremony, postponed to a date yet to be determined.

Has a new date or schedule been determined for Spring 2020 commencement? When will we know what the new ceremony date is?

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation, and it is changing almost daily. Northern New Mexico College will rely on the advice and guidance from the CDC and local health officials to determine when we can gather many people together.

How will I know when a new commencement date has been set?

When a decision is made about a new commencement date, the information will be distributed like the postponement announcement – with an email to the campus community and updates on this website.

How will I get my diploma? Will I have to wait until the postponed commencement date? Will I have to attend the ceremony to get my diploma?

Commencement ceremonies are celebratory events and do not confirm graduation for participants. Once grades are official and all degree requirements are confirmed, the Registrar will begin awarding degrees. Northern New Mexico College does not present graduates with their diplomas at commencement ceremonies. After a degree or academic certificate is awarded, the college will order the ceremonial diploma on the student’s behalf regardless of the date of the associated commencement ceremony.
All degrees and certificates will be sent digitally to the graduate’s Northern email address on file. If students do want to receive a paper copy of their degree you will work directly with the Registrar’s Office. These degrees will be sent out via US Postal.  If you need to update your mailing address, please do so online.

Questions? Contact the Registrar at registrar@nnmc.edu.


Is there a way I can get my regalia now so that I can wear it to have graduation portraits taken?

In an effort to keep students and staff healthy and safe, The Bookstore @Northern closed on March 16 and will remain closed until further notice, so purchasing regalia in the store or having it shipped to the store is not an option at this time.

However, until July 1, you can order and pay for your regalia here.

  • Complete Certificate Regalia: $40.00
  • Complete Associate Regalia: $40.00
  • Complete Bachelor Regalia: $40.00

I pre-ordered my cap and gown online. Will you hold the items until the rescheduled commencement ceremony?

Because the Bookstore @ Northern is closed until further notice, staff will not be available to accept orders shipped to the store. When the store reopens, staff will contact customers who pre-ordered their regalia directly with information about their order, regarding new estimated times of arrival for pick-up and payment options.

If you pre-ordered and want to receive your regalia sooner than the store reopening (which has yet to be determined), send your name, email address and phone number to auxiliary@nnmc.edu and a staff member will contact you to process your payment and get your shipping information by phone.  Your regalia can be shipped directly to you or Bookstore staff can arrange for curb-side pickup at the store.

I haven't ordered announcements yet, but would like to place an order to announce I have graduated. Currently, I still see the May 2020 commencement dates on the site. What should I do?

CB Grad has a generalized announcement template excluding dates for those students who wish to announce to their friends and family members that they've graduated. Please check back on CB Grad.com over the following weeks for this option. Do not order the announcements with the original May 2020 ceremony dates if you want this option. These orders will not be converted and will ship with the original dates on them. Please also note announcements take an estimated three weeks from the time the order is placed until the order ships out.

I have a question about regalia that is not addressed here. Who can I contact?

For answers to other questions, email auxiliary@nnmc.edu.

Distance Learning and Digital Course Materials for Summer/Fall Semesters in response to COVID-19
(Download full instructions here: Transition to Digital Course Materials)
Need help? Check out our FAQs. Call our Customer Contact Center 24/7 toll-free at (800) 325-3252 or email us

While our campus buildings are closed and classes are being delivered in an online format for Summer 2020, and possibly into Fall, all course materials will be digital/instant access. Hard-copy course materials will still be available for purchase as a supplement in the event that students would prefer hard-copy format instead.

Instant Access to Course Materials

The majority of course materials will be offered in an instant access format. That means that upon purchasing the materials, students will be able to access the course material immediately.

Accessing Materials Off-line

  • We realize that not all students have access to internet at home.
  • All instant access materials can be accessed through a perpetual off-line format as most materials are offered through VitalSource Bookshelf. Once the material is purchased, the material may be downloaded to VitalSource Bookshelf and accessed from anywhere on any mobile device. That means once the course material has been downloaded students can access the material with or without internet. Download the step-by-document for full instructions.

Purchasing Course Materials

  • All course materials will continue to be purchased through MBS Direct/Barnes and Noble College.
  • You can access our website from the Northern website, under the Bookstore @ Northern tab or by clicking here , or copying the following link into your browser: https://bncvirtual.com/nnmc

Support for Online Orders/Virtual Materials

  • Northern's Bookstore is still here to help you whenever you need us, even when we're not physically in the store.
  • If you need help placing your book orders, a step-by-step ordering guide can be found here.
  • If you are using Financial Aid (finaid@nnmc.edu) to purchase your course materials and you require assistance, please see the step-by-step ordering video here.
  • Questions? please send an email to auxiliary@nnmc.edu. You may also call 505-310-1755.
  • Any questions or concerns regarding online orders, please contact MBS Direct/Barnes and Noble College as they can quickly assist you with any questions regarding your pending orders or access to online materials.

Watch our Step-By-Step Ordering Guide below

ZOOM & Blackboard Resources

IT Services
IT staff are working to ensure that students, faculty and staff  have access and support for web-based communication, emails and Banner.

You can reach us by calling 505 747-5000, by email,  or IT Helpdesk support. If this is an emergency, please contact us directly.

Resources for Faculty/Staff

Guidelines for Faculty During the Transition

ZOOM & Blackboard Resources

Community WiFi Hot Spots

Business Address WiFi Name
Northern New Mexico College 921 N Paseo de Onate NNMC
Lowe's 407 Lowdermilk St Lowes-Guest-WiFi
Angelina's Restaurant 1226 N Railroad Ave linksys
Presbyterian Hospital 1010 Spruce St Pres FreeWiFi
Lucero Center 313 N Paseo de Onate CoE Guest
T-Mobile 1404 N Riverside Dr Magenta
La Cocina Restaurant 415 S Santa Clara Bridge Rd LACOCINA_5G
The Delta 233 N Paseo de Onate Delta_Guest
Santa Claran Hotel & Casino 460 N Riverside Dr GUEST WIFI
Burger King 701 N Riverside Dr WHOPPERWIFI
McDonalds 1401 N Riverside Dr McDonalds Free WiFi
Starbucks 1404 N Riverside Dr Starbucks
Ohkay Casino Resort Hotel 68 NM 291 GUEST
Denny's 1317 N Riverside Dr Dennys_Guest_WIFI
Domino's Pizza 931 N Riverside Dr Dominos
Del Taco 1321 N Riverside Dr Del Taco Free WIFI

Mental Health Counselor for Northern Students

Adam Baca, MA, LPCC, Behavioral Health Counselor
505-747-5064, adam.baca@nnmc.edu
M: 8am-Noon, Tu/Th 8am-4:30 pm / Office: TEC 213

Confidential and free for students. Referrals can be made by contacting Adam Baca directly.

Other Mental Health & Crisis Resources

CDC - Mental Health & Coping During COVID-19
Complete Mental Health Guide during COVID-19

Virus Anxiety Support
• NM Crisis Line 855-662-7474 / Counseling 855-227-5485 (TTY)
• Warm Line 1-855-466-7100 to access peer support.
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
• AGORA Crisis Center 1-855-505-4505, Chat Online www.AgoraCares.org
• For support regarding rape or sexual assault, contact Solace Crisis Treatment Center 800-721-7273
• For domestic violence, contact Esperanza Shelter 800-473-5220
or Crisis Center of Northern NM 800-206-1656.
• PeaceKeepers 505-753-4790

• Immigration support, Santa Fe Dreamers, 505-490-2789
• Rental and utility assistance, The Life Link, 505-395-2531 or 505-819-9901
• Emergency food and supplies, HELP NM, 505-753-7181.
• 12 Step meetings: nm-aa.org and riograndena.org

Community Resources

Administrative Updates

Governor Lujan Grisham this afternoon introduced new guidelines for all New Mexicans.
In observance of that guidance, we are implementing the following procedures effective immediately:

1.  No more than five (5) faculty or staff members may be on campus at any time;
2.  Only essential personnel are allowed on campus, and only then in the capacity of their official duties.  Please coordinate with your supervisors to determine the defining of essential personnel and duties between the hours of 9:00AM and 4:00PM.
3.  Anyone on campus, including essential personnel, must get specific approval by the President, Vice President, Provost, Director of Facilities or Director of Security.  Those five people will coordinate with Security staff to let them know you are authorized on campus and when. Anyone not previously coordinated will be asked to leave.
4.  This guidance supersedes all previous guidance and authorities.
5.  Please continue to do everything possible to optimize your work from home.  Coordinate with your supervisors and colleagues so that we are helping each other to the maximum extent possible during this time.
6.  Please keep an open mind and an open heart as we navigate this crisis together.  It will take all of us working as one to overcome the obstacles ahead.

Thanks very much.  Stay safe and know that we are with you now and always.

Update on COVID-19 Campus Response

This morning, the NNMC Board of Regents voted to officially extend Spring Break until Sunday, April 5, and to extend the Spring 2020 semester until Friday, May 29. 2020. ALL courses, regardless of type, will be on an extended Spring Break, and will not resume until Monday, April 6, 2020. Any short term course that was originally scheduled to start on March 23, will start on April 6, 2020. When instruction resumes on April 6, we have Higher Learning Commission approval for ALL courses to be delivered remotely. Some courses will be asynchronous (not real-time) using Blackboard and others will be synchronous (real-time) through Zoom.

During the Spring Break, students will receive communications through email and the website on what technology your course will use. We ask faculty and staff to stay in contact with their supervisors, and for students to stay in contact with their professors.

Please continue to monitor your NNMC email and Northern's Website. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our FAQ page here on our website. Students with specific concerns or needs can contact Don Appiarius, Assistant Provost, at don.appiarius@nnmc.edu.

Update on COVID-19 Campus Response

Pending approval by the Board of Regents, Northern New Mexico College will be extending our Spring Break for students until Sunday, April 5, in order to ensure the health and safety of our campus community during the Covid-19 outbreak. During the next three weeks, leadership and support staff will work with faculty to prepare them for the transition to a distance-learning format.

Starting on Monday, March 16, Northern will also implement a minimal physical footprint on both of its campuses. All non-faculty staff members are directed to coordinate with their supervisors to determine specific work requirements in alignment with their position. Supervisors are directed to consult with senior administration in order to determine essential staffing needs. Any college employee in a high-risk category for the Covid-19 virus (pre-existing condition, advanced age, pregnancy, etc.) is strongly encouraged to inform their supervisor immediately so that they can accommodate you.

Please continue to monitor email closely and to check our website at www.nnmc.edu for any updates. Anyone with questions is also encouraged to email covid19@nnmc.edu. Students with specific questions or concerns please contact Don Appirarius, Assistant Provost at (505) 692-4016.

Thank you for your help in overcoming the effects of this pandemic in our community. We remain, as always, dedicated to the success of our students, our College, and all of Northern New Mexico.

Dear Northern Campus Community,

In light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and the state of emergency declared by Governor Lujan Grisham on March 11, 2020, Northern is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of our community over the next several weeks. Primarily, this means maintaining operations as much as possible while minimizing in-person contact and physical presence on both of our campuses.

Please be aware that these actions are being taken proactively in order to minimize risk. It is important for us all to remain calm during this time as we continue to monitor this evolving situation. As a College and individually, we can all take actions to prevent the spread of the disease and to protect ourselves, our friends, and our loved ones.

Please note that this and following messages are to be taken seriously and that directives, such as those to vacate or remain off-campus are mandatory.

Anyone experiencing flu-like or cold-like symptoms is not to report to campus under any circumstances. Please inform your supervisor immediately if you begin experiencing these symptoms.

The New Mexico Department of Health advises that anyone with these symptoms call 855-600-3453 before going to the doctor. Additionally, Presbyterian Española Hospital will provide testing in the ER parking lot. Call 753-7111 and select 0 to talk to an operator. Someone will come to your vehicle to assist you.

Closures, Travel, and Cancellations

As previously announced, effective immediately, all on-campus and college sponsored events, and official college travel are cancelled, until further notice. All internal and external facility requests scheduled on campus will be cancelled, and events will be postponed until further notice. Currently, the only exceptions are the required local clinical practicums for Nursing and Health Sciences.

Anyone on personal travel outside of New Mexico is expected to observe a 14-day self-quarantine before returning to campus. Anyone traveling outside of the state is also asked to inform their supervisor of the travel.

Classes and Support Services

Upon approval of the Higher Learning Commission and with the expectation to begin on Monday, March 23, most classes will be moved to an online format. Courses with lab components will receive further instructions no later than March 23. NNMC Email and the NNMC Website will be the primary modes of communication for all changes regarding classes and student services, so please check your email regularly.

We recognize that some students have limited access to internet, and are exploring ways to accommodate these students. Please notify your instructors if moving to an online class format presents any difficulty, so that we can accommodate you. Please also contact the Advisement Center.

Student services staff including financial aid, advising, the registrar, admissions, and disability services will remain available to help students, but students are encouraged to seek help via phone or email rather than coming to campus.


NNMC Email via the NNMC President and NNMC News accounts will be the primary and official channels for announcements regarding campus health and safety at this time. Eagle Alert text and email will also be utilized for high-priority announcements.

Northern's webpage, Campus Health Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) will also be updated on a regular basis, and includes detailed information and resources. This page can be accessed from the website homepage at www.nnmc.edu. We will also share all campus health updates via our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Only information or communications originating from these channels should be considered accurate. Anyone with questions or concerns regarding Northern's response and the virus should email covid19@nnmc.edu.


Beginning on Monday, March 16, Northern will begin shifting to a work-from-home plan in which all non-essential faculty and staff, to include student employees and work-study, will cease reporting to campus and work remotely. Northern's IT and Distance Education staff are actively working to ensure that all students and staff have access to and support for web-based communication and course delivery methods, including Zoom and Blackboard.

All employees should work with their supervisor to arrange working from home and maintain active communication. All employees should also update their email signatures and outgoing voicemail messages with alternative contact information.

Because employees will work from home, no leave will be used and employees will continue to earn pay as normal. Employees will work with their supervisors to determine work functions to be completed remotely. We are currently exploring ways to accommodate hourly and work-study employees to prevent disruption in pay.

Employees should gather and bring home any materials and technology needed to work remotely by Friday, March 13.

Resuming Operations and Return to Campus

Because this is an evolving situation, the above measures will remain in place until it is considered safe for operations to resume as usual. At this time, we anticipate these measures to remain in-place for at least the next 30 days. Please check campus communication channels regularly for any changes.

Additional directives and updates will be shared as they are developed. Please monitor the NNMC Website and your NNMC Email account closely.

Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining the health and safety of the Northern New Mexico College Community. We will all get through this together!

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