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CNM employee union takes a stand By Daniel Montaño Staff Reporter
The CNM Employees Union is sending a clear message to the American Federation of Teachers: unless AFT of New Mexico provides more services and support,
CNMEU is going to leave the federation, said Andy Tibble, Reading instructor and president of CNMEU. On Saturday June 8 at the Center for Peace and Justice at 202 Harvard Drive SE, CNMEU voted to leave AFT, by a margin of more than four to one.
The union also passed a motion to defer the separation for a year in order to give AFTNM a chance to meet CNMEU’s expectations, Tibble said. “I’m feeling good about the vote today. We got a very strong vote for a course of
action that I think is a very prudent one. Yes, we’re still willing to disaffiliate, but we want to give AFT an opportunity to address our concerns and we realize that in order to really do that it’s going to take a while. It’s not
something that can be done in a week or two,” Tibble said. Tibble said that CNMEU has had to handle most of its own negotiations, bargaining, and arbitrations without assistance from AFTNM and has been generally
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disappointed with the service that AFTNM has provided, especially in the recent case of Steve Cormier, a CNM instructor who many CNMEU members have said was unjustly fired. Additionally, the membership dues that CNMEU pays to AFT have been rising over the past few years and now consume 90 percent of CNMEU’s budget, leaving little at the local chapter’s disposal, Tibble said. “It just sort of came to a head, we had to look at other options. We can’t continue to pay a large percentage of our dues money to an organization that’s not really as effective as we’d like to see it,” Tibble said. Once talk of disaffiliation started to spread, after CNMEU went to mediation in the meeting, AFT representatives started making phone calls to CNMEU members and showing up to their see
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CNM employee union members’ ballots totaled 89-21 in favor of leaving the American Federation of Teachers.
Achievement coaches provide support for student success
By Jamison Wagner Staff Reporter
Achievement Coaches can offer solutions and assistance to students facing problems in getting their degrees, said Monika Monje, achievement coach for Math, Science and Engineering. There are 20 achievement coaches in the CNM community. Some are with CNM Connect; others are specific to certain schools such as Communications, Humanities, Social Sciences or Math, Science and Engineering, said Rob Carriaga, Trio achievement coach and Communications instructor.
One of the services the achievement coaches normally provide is workshops to assist students in building skills in different areas, she said. Some of the more popular workshops help students with time management or with test anxiety, said Monje. “We used to have more workshops but we are currently revamping them over the summer so we will have a smaller number. For example, we are combining our note-taking skills workshop with study skills. We are also merging our how to manage testtaking anxiety with our test-taking skills workshop,” she said.
Even if students cannot attend the workshops, coaches can work with them on a one-toone basis in these areas, she said. The coaches can sit down with the student and help to solve scheduling issues, she said. CNM Connect has the Advantage Scholarship and the book scholarship and any achievement coach can help a student get that, she said. “As far as campus resources go, one of the things we can help with is scholarships. We can help with the getting the Rust Scholarship for a student by writing the letter for them to get that scholarship,” she said.
The school coaches help students succeed, establish their needs, can also assist students said Carriaga. desires and goals. who are trying to regis“When working ter for classes for a third with students we help see COACHES on page 7 or fourth time, as the students need special permission to do this and the coaches can help them get that, she said. “We will also do follow-up appointments when a student has had to re-take a class to make sure the student will be able to pass and help them if they are having trouble,” she said. Students wanting help from an achievement coach can set an appointment or drop by a coach’s office during walk-in hours, she said. PHOTO BY JAMISON WAGNER An achievement Monika Monje, a Math, Science and Engineering coach’s main goal is to achievement coach at CNM’s main campus
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Mental health needs to be addressed in this country
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Yet another random act of multiple killings has occurred, this time in Santa Monica, Ca. on June 7. Six people were shot and killed on a rampage that began with the gunman killing two male family members and ended at the Santa Monica Community College library, with the shooter using what police have confirmed was an AR-15 assault rifle. It is disturbing to contemplate that it could have been here; it could have been our school library where this carnage ended, or at any community college campus, for that matter. In August of 2005, five victims, including two police officers, were killed in a senseless rampage by John Hyde on Central Avenue in Albuquerque, and just this April when 24-year-old Lawrence Carpener stabbed four people at a Catholic church in NW Albuquerque in an unprovoked attack. This is becoming a widespread epidemic and nothing is being done about it; the incidence of mass killings keeps going up. When the Reagan administration shut down all public and state run mental institutions in the 80s, the result was complete pandemonium. The skyrocketing petty and violent crimes even caused the state of California to consider involuntary commitment laws after this massive change by our government. The courts incarcerated mentally ill people in our country in the prison systems instead, similar to the process in the early 1900s when these public institutions were first established. The gross conditions that the mentally ill have suffered throughout history have been rife with negligence and downright cruel. These people are now placed in the general population of prisons and don’t receive the care they need, making the problems worse than when the afflicted had originally been incarcerated. Unless people can afford counseling and medication, there are no real resources to take care of this problem, which has gotten out of control as mass killings have become a more common occurrence throughout the country.No one wants to care or pay for the proper attention of people who are mentally ill. State, federal government and prison systems have all been neglectful of this ever growing issue. It truly is a travesty that no one is seeing the bigger problem here: mental health is an issue that has been ignored for far too long.
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Bringing community back to the front yard By Daniel Montaño Staff Reporter
A construction project taking place behind CNM’s main campus on Buena Vista Drive and St. Cyr Avenue is intended to create friendships, community, sustainability and a super-adobe ecodome, said Mitchell Olson, former CNM Art major. Olson is one of the many volunteers participating in the construction. He said that the dome is part of a larger project within the apartment complex that will include many sustainable, eco-friendly aspects. “We’re talking about beekeeping, gardens on the roof, water cisterns, community gardens, solar energy and integration with the public,” he said. The dome itself is the hands-on portion of a workshop taught by Biko Casini, a guest instructor at Cal-Earth Institute, who said that he has built similar structures in Australia, West Africa, India and Europe. Casini’s workshops focus on sustainable, green building practices and advanced energy solutions,
and he said that the project also emphasizes the changes that can be made when people join together as a community in friendship. “It’s very much an exercise in corrective synergy and what happens when you get a group of people who are motivated together. You can actually physically change and move the earth around,” Casini said. Jesse Kalapa, owner of the building where construction is taking place, purchased the 10-unit rental property six years ago and said that at that time the building had a poor reputation for vagrancy and drug use. Kalapa said he has been working to change this stigma ever since he purchased the property, and this community project is just one among many steps to build a self -sustaining eco-village in the University Heights area. “Well, my primary intention for the property is that it’s the world’s most renowned model of sustainability. That’s a big goal but it’s coming to fruition through steps like this,” he said. Kalapa also hopes to open his property up to the university community by establishing an accredited course
in partnership with UNM or CNM that will focus on sustainable building practices, he said. If Kalapa’s proposed partnership works out, he plans on turning one of the apartments into a live-in laboratory, he said. “Someone could live there for a week or a month and learn the basic techniques of sustainability,” he said. Most community environments similar to theS one Kalapa is building tend to focus on growing and selling vegetables to bring an income to the community, but Kalapa said he wants to use waste products within the urban environment as a major contributor to his project. Kalapa gained experience with building solar panels from scrap materials during a trip he took to Ghana, and said that he plans on using waste materials like glass to build the solar panels that will be included in the final project. “So I’m looking at resources a little bit differently than some hippy commune that’s growing corn and selling tomatoes at the growers market. I think that’s great and wonderful but I also have an element of permaculture,
taking advantage of the resources at hand,” Kalapa said. All of the structure’s components exceed building requirements. Kalapa met with city planners and zoning committee, and he said the superadobe structure is considered a flexible form of a stabilized rammed earth structure under building codes, and that he is purposely leaving a five-foot opening in the top of the dome in order to meet building requirements. “So it’s not considered a structure, it’s a garden wall,” Kalapa said. Those looking to be a part of the community are more than welcome to simply walk up and speak to anyone at the construction site, Kalapa said For more information on super-adobe construction, visit calearth.org, or to volunteer check out the project’s facebook page at facebook.com/2105stcyr. For information on renting an apartment, e-mail email@example.com.
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(From left to right) Dan Majewski, Cameron Earl, Mitchell Olson, and Aliya Boozari are part of the group of volunteers building the arch and dome on Buena vista avenue.
|5 FEATURE A Weatherman’s journey through a climate of change The CNM Chronicle
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One of the teacher’s unions, not mine, mine was the American Federation of Teachers but the other one is called the National Education Association. They started to divide the turf. One of (former President George W. ) Bush’s cabinet secretaries called the NEA a terrorist organization. They’ll call anybody a terrorist. The word used to be communist.”
By Adriana Avila Senior Reporter
Editors note: For thecomplete interview, go to thecnmchronicle.wordpress.com “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Mark Rudd, a SAGE instructor at CNM from 1980 through 2007, and many of his former colleagues adopted Bob Dylan’s famous verse from “Subterranean Homesick Blues” as an identity to spark a revolution in an attempt to stop U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Rudd’s most famous attempt at revolt was to halt operations at Columbia University through the largest student protest in American history. Mark Rudd sat down with the Chronicle and explained what it was like for him as a student protester and “Weatherman” in the ‘60s.
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Mark Rudd leading the April 23, 1968 mass protest in front of the Alma Mater on Columbia campus.
a situation as being very much more revolutionary that we could change the whole system, much more of a revolution than
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Mark Rudd marches for peace.
Chronicle: “Tell me about the SDS? What did it stand for?” Rudd: “Students for a Democratic Society. It existed from 1962 to 1969 and it was the largest radical student organization in the United States. It had chapters, independent chapters, on about 400 college and high school campuses, including community colleges–the first community colleges. At UNM there was a considerably large chapter, very active in anti-war activities and anti-racism too.” Chronicle: “How did The Weatherman organization form?” Rudd: “Well, that was an aberration. It’s not something I’m proud of actually, although some people think it’s really cool but I actually think it was a mistake. We gauged
it really was. We had moved from a position, many of us had moved from a position of being just against the war to being against the system that gave us the war. We actually destroyed SDS by becoming too militant and too far out.” Chronicle: “How were you able to shut down protests you thought were not being run and organized correctly?” Rudd: “That was August of 1969. It was an anti-war demonstration in Central Park in New York on Hiroshima Day on August 6. The people who had organized it had the slogan ‘End the War, No More Hiroshimas, End the War.’ Well we were so arrogant we said it wasn’t enough to just end the war, we have to
end the system that gave us the war. We were very factional. We attacked people who weren’t as radical as us. Making the anti-war movement as strong as possible but we actually weakened the anti-war movement by attacking it and saying it wasn’t radical enough. I can’t communicate this enough to people how many mistakes we made in the name of radicalism.” Chronicle: How do you feel about what is considered radical activism nowadays, like ‘Anonymous’? Rudd: “I certainly feel that ‘Anonymous’ and WikiLeaks have played a great role in putting out all these government secrets that we need to know. Bradley Manning is a great hero. Imagine how they’re treating this guy like he’s a terrorist for getting the truth out. Think about that. They want to lock him away; they want to kill him actually. Horrible!” Chronicle: Your most publicized feat was the protest at Columbia University. How was that? Rudd: “I was 20 years old. It was amazing to be involved, for everybody. Columbia had a reunion, I wrote about it in the epilogue in my book and for a lot of people it was one of the most important things of their whole lives and we knew it at the time.”
Chronicle: Why did you protest that day? Was it planned or spontaneous? Rudd: “There’s nothing spontaneous. Things don’t just happen. There was a campaign at Columbia by SDS to educate the campus about military research, aiding the war and also about the university’s expansion into Harlem, the black community. People had their minds and their beings jarred by the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and they said ‘what can I do about racism?’ and by then it was against the war too. Some of the people say it was the reason he was murdered because on April 4, 1967.” Chronicle: What was your part in The Weathermen? Rudd: “I was one of the founders of the faction called The Weathermen and we were organized hierarchically. We called ourselves the Weather Bureau. It was like a central committee that ran the organization and I was a part of that. I was also in the Weather Underground in the beginning but I dropped out very quickly.”
Chronicle: What is The Weather Underground and what did they do that was different from the Weathermen? Rudd: “Bombings, for better or worse. The Weathermen were pretty terrible. We called demonstrations to fight cops. It started in 1970 and the idea was to build a guerilla army. I quickly saw it wasn’t going to work, by then I was already a fugitive so I actually left the organization its first year and went off on my own.” Chronicle: Do you think people would consider someone like you to be a terrorist now? Back then you guys were revolutionaries, but now that word seems to have turned into terrorists. Rudd: “Absolutely. Now if you just demonstrate against the war or something you’re called a terrorist.
Chronicle: With everything that’s happened in the past, what do you remember most about it? Rudd: “It’s funny; my most positive memory was being involved in mass demonstrations against the war, like being one out of half a million people marching against the war. I’m proud of that and that’s probably my most vivid memory.” Chronicle: Do you have anything else to add to this interview? Rudd: “The need to engage in politics so we can change policy. That’s important. We can’t ignore it. We can’t walk away from it and I think in order to engage in politics it’s going to take a mass movement like a civil rights movement or a human rights movement to get people mobilized, to get people thinking and active and learning and willing to take the time. Essentially it’s building democracy, which we don’t have. Our democracy has withered, now that’s another question. Why did it wither?” PHOTO BY RENE THOMPSON
Mark Rudd has been protesting since 1964 as a left-wing activist.
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Film student on location By Adriana Avila Senior Reporter
Film student Rhiannon Keams said she will be working on an upcoming feature film titled “Mortal.” This action thriller will show viewers a plague ridden society where vengeance plays key for the protagonist. “‘Mortal’ is going to be a pretty huge movie from what I’m told. There are a couple big names that they’re looking to bring on the film so it can get more attention and everything, so it’s going to be a feature film,” she said. Keams struck a deal with the film production company to allow another student from the film program to work as a paid employee, she said. Keams said she was hired as a location scout for the film scheduled to begin shooting in early August. A location scout travels to the proposed filming area to canvass and take photos for a film along with gathering detailed information about the space for the producers, she said. Because of her experience in the film “Enemy Way” and the television show “Longmire,” Keams said after scouting the location she will assume the role of location manager for the film. “As location manager, I’m the person who’s in charge of making sure that I take care of the logistics of the film. We’re like the public relations department of film, since we’re dealing with the public and we don’t want to upset anybody, because you never know, we may want to go back to that same area and film again in the future. At the same time, we’re there to foster relationships with them to show that wherever we go, it’s just easier to go back if we have to,” she said. Along with maintaining relationships in the community, a location manager takes the time and effort to strategize where the film should and should not be shot at, she said. “We try to forecast the weather and find out what other events are going to happen around, we have to consider the sound. We want the clearest sound possible, the clearest dialogue actually for sound recording. So we just have to consider
all these different things when we choose a location,” she said. The location manager oversees and directs where equipment is placed on a set, such as wardrobe and electrical equipment, but also is on the lookout if the location goes sour, she said. “We have to figure out a second location, if say, something goes wrong, a contract fell through, a permit failed, or out of the blue if something happens. We try to stay ahead of the game,” she said. Funding for “Mortal” is still in discussion and production will not take place for some time but Keams said she is excited for what could lay ahead. “I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but what I’m learning with film is, you can’t look too much into the future, you have to deal with today, so that’s what I’m doing, trying to stay positive,” she said. Keams has a bachelor’s degree in Business from UNM and a Film Technician certification from CNM. Keams plans on taking a script writing class to put her ideas on paper and continue exploring the parts of film she does not have much experience in. But mostly she wants to venture further in the educational parts of it, she said. “My dream is to get into NYU so I can earn my master’s in film and in business. I’d like to focus on the creative aspects, directing, more writing, acting kind of things, but also, business is another important part as well because it leads into producing. It’s one of the areas in film I have yet to touch and I really want to learn, I feel like it’s going to make me a more well-rounded and more marketable person to the industry,” she said. There is much Keams said she needs to learn but has the connections that will allow her to continue what she has already begun. “I’m glad about the experience, and it’ll help get a footing, it’s all about helping each other I think. That’s what I’ve realized in this industry. It’s not really what you know, though that is still important, but it’s about who you know and the relationships that you foster,” she said.
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homes to discuss the benefits of remaining with the federation, Tibble said. Shep Jenks, Anthropology instructor, was one of the many members who were visited by the AFT and said that he was disappointed that the AFT was only willing to spend money when they risked losing a chapter. “The rep that visited me came from Houston; my friend had a guy from Pennsylvania. In airplane tickets and compensation alone they had to be spending thousands of dollars to visit as many members as they did. So it’s obvious that when AFT wants to they can muster enormous resources, but with the Steve Cormier
case we had to come begging and pleading for help and still didn’t receive any money from state,” he said. AFTNM devotes a large portion of its resources to the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, which is comprised of Albuquerque’s K-12 teachers, and Tibble said he is seeking a restructure of AFTNM that will have more focus on the state’s colleges. AFTNM will have to show a commitment to helping out smaller, higher education unions like CNMEU, which has only about 300 members compared to ATF’s 3800, by providing new staff and reforming policies that shift service away from smaller unions, Tibble said. “One of the things that we will be looking for is a field representative that’s dedicated to higher-education I think that would
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be a reasonable proposal to make. That person would have to be knowledgeable and an expert in higher-ed issues and currently they really don’t have a person that fills that roll,” Tibble said. Prior to the vote, AFT National President Randi Weingarten and Tibble struck a verbal agreement that if CNMEU waited to disaffiliate for a year then the AFT would work on implementing changes to AFTNM’s structure and would waive CNMEU’s state membership dues, Tibble said. Now that the vote has passed, AFT national has a week to put the verbal agreement between Tibble and Weingarten on paper or the CNMEU will become completely independent, but Tibble said he is not worried that it
will come to that. “We just need to make sure that what we’ve discussed in conversation is going to be something that we can count on in writing,” he said Stephanie Ly, president of AFTNM, spoke at the meeting on Saturday and said she expected the votes to turn out how they did. AFTNM is willing to work with CNMEU to achieve a compromise on the fine points of what the CNMEU wants, particularly since Tibble has shown he is willing to work with the AFT by taking Weingarten’s offer on deferment, Ly said. “We have been trying to work out a deal with them for months now, so we’re happy that they are actually taking on a deal,” Ly said. Although CNMEU did pass the motion to defer disaffiliation, they will remain
largely self-governed for the next year, which Peter Lundman English instructor and CNMEU treasurer, said is one of the things union members had been hoping for. “It gives us the experience of autonomy, which is what we asked for a year ago. The state was unable to give it to us but apparently national is going to make it happen,” Lundman said. If after a year period AFTNM hasn’t shown appropriate changes, the CNMEU will be allowed to leave the federation without a legal fight from AFT, Tibble said. Peter Kalitsis, Architectural Drafting instructor, said that if the union becomes independent he thinks it will remain strong because of the money being saved in due fees and the year of preparation they will have before fully
leaving the AFT. “We have strong leadership with a vision for the future. This gives them time to prepare and to show that we are very strong,” Kalitsis said. Nariman Arafi, Psychology instructor, said he hopes for full independence from the AFT after a year because he is tired of the higher education community being unrepresented by AFTNM and CNM instructors having to deal with underinstructed students coming from APS. “APS says ‘we are going to send you the students who cannot read or write, can’t add two plus two and your higher education has to deal with it.’ No! No more, we will stand up for our own rights from now on,” Arafi said.
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Law and psych. club brings professional speakers to CNM By Rene Thompson Editor-in-Chief
The Society of Law and Psychology is a community service club designed to promote the scholarship of legal and psychology issues, said Paralegal Studies major and President of SLP Gabriel Roybal. The club was established in the spring of 2013 and has monthly meetings, sometimes with guest speakers in the Jeannette
Stromberg Hall Auditorium, Room 303, according to the CNM website. The group has had speakers in the past such as keynote speaker Kevin Dougherty, JD, who was a former military district attorney and judge. “We basically are trying to find professionals in the field to come in and speak, usually once per month, to students who are studying criminal justice, psychology,
paralegal studies and sociology,” Roybal said. The chosen speaker comes up and talks for 45 minutes to an hour and then answers students’ questions afterward, he said. “We don’t really have a membership; we just kind of invite students, and these meeting are open to the public, so we leave the door open and anyone who is interested in attending these meetings can join and ask questions,” he said.
Dr. Ron Yeo, who is clinical psychologist and has served as an expert witness, came in and spoke specifically about traumatic brain injury and how people accused of crimes with brain injuries are assessed, he said. “Jim Johnson, psychology professor is interested in presenting a speech on auditory hallucinations, and he will bring a sensory device that
essentially shows people what it is like to hear voices and sounds that aren’t there, which I think will be really interesting. He should be coming here to speak in September during the fall semester,” Roybal said. Roybal said that the club has to be reapproved for the fall as a chartered school organization, and he believes they will be approved. “Our purpose is to serve the community
and to help students think about what they are studying and to take it to a deeper level and see some practicing professionals in their fields of study,” Roybal said. For more information on the SLP or upcoming events, contact club President Gabriel Roybal, at email@example.com.
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Gabriel Roybal presenting Dr. Ron Yeo with honorary SLP membership certificate.
Tutors available for nearly every subject By Jamison Wagner Staff Reporter
The tutoring service at the Student Resource Center gives students the opportunity to get help with various subjects, and Liberal Arts major Rudy Sanchez said he makes use of those services often. The Assistance Center for Education at Main campus is located on the top floor of the SRC. The locations of the tutoring centers at other campuses can be found at cnm.edu. “I was here at the tutoring center for six to seven hours last time. If it was not for the tutoring center I would not be where I am at now,” said Sanchez. Steve Valdez, Youth Counseling major, said the staff at the tutoring center has been very helpful to him and he plans to come back more as he continues his studies. “I just started coming back to school so the tutoring center is going to be a big help for me. I
am glad the center is here,” said Valdez. Rhett Zyla, Chemistry tutor, said the tutoring center is a good resource for students as it offers free tutoring and they can get most of their questions answered by a tutor on staff. “A student can come between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and get tutored on most of the subjects they need help with,” Zyla said. Don McIver, Learning Center supervisor said the Assistance Centers for Education are at every campus and the resources are a bit different depending on what classes are available at each campus. Some of the subjects on which ACE offers tutoring are: Writing, Adult Education, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and IT 1010, said McIver. “We also have dropin tutoring, tutoring by appointment, workshops, study groups and computer labs for
student use,” McIver said. At the Business Resource Center in Smith-Brasher Hall, tutoring is offered for Accounting, he said. Culinary Arts tutoring is offered at Smith-Brasher Hall at Main campus next to the Culinary Lab and the Applied Math tutor is located in the commons area at Ted Chavez Hall, he said. “There are variations between campuses for the times that certain tutors are available. It is a staffing and business issue. Rio Rancho and South Valley are more limited compared to Main campus,” he said. It is recommended that students call ahead before going to the tutoring centers to make sure they will be able to receive assistance with their studies, he said. Students can also visit the CNM website to learn more about what tutoring services are available and also check for open computers at different locations, he said. “If you go to Lab Maps,
it will show you all the computers ACE manages and if you click on it you can see what computers are open. If you are worried about computer availability you can click on the map and see if there are open computers,” he said. “If a student is worried about getting help with a subject they can
call the front desk to check on the schedule to see if and when particular tutors are there when they need them,” he said. For more information on what services are available at each tutoring center on CNM’s campuses and the contact information for the ACE centers, visit: cnm. edu/depts/tutoring.
Tutoring Services Available Drop in tutoring Appointment tutoring Work shops on certain subjects Study groups Computer labs for student use
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