Division of Continuing Education and Community Services

Dr. Rita Martinez-Purson, Ed.D., Dean

The University of New Mexico
Division of Continuing Education & Community Services
1634 University Blvd. NE
MSC07 4030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001
(505) 277-2527

For over 80 years, UNM Continuing Education has served as the center for lifelong learning by providing innovative educational, training and personal enrichment opportunities for students, businesses and community partners in New Mexico. Continuing Education plays a major role in community service and outreach for UNM, with a focus on economic and workforce development. More than 35,000 students and customers are served through non-credit programs, certificate programs and special projects every year. Approximately 200,000 community and UNM participants use the Conference Center facility each year. UNM Continuing Education employs approximately 44 staff and 400 instructors.

Location and Hours
Continuing Education at UNM is located at 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87131. There is free parking on both the east and west sides of the facility.

Registration hours are Monday–Friday, 7:30am–5:30pm, with the exception of official UNM holidays, when offices are closed.

Continuing Education Programs

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Contact: Maralie Belonge 277-6179

UNM Continuing Education has been selected to partner with the Bernard Osher Foundation to form the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute designed to offer intellectually stimulating courses to adults 50 years-of-age and older.

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 with the idea to improve quality of life for residents of the San Francisco Bay Area through various educational programs. The Foundation currently partners with 120 universities across the country. The emphasis of these university-level courses is to present an accessible community experience in a stimulating University environment for mature audiences with intellectually challenging, psychologically and spiritually engaging offerings. A $40 annual membership includes registration access to all Osher courses offered during the calendar year. Each course is offered for an additional fee. Tuition Remission may be used for classes but not membership. Membership allows adults to choose from a diverse set of thought-provoking courses taught year round by current and emeritus University of New Mexico faculty members and renowned experts from the local community.

Most classes are held at UNM Continuing Education, 1634 University Blvd. NE, in the south building.

Course topics include:
Art & Art History • Current Events • Health, Fitness & Well Being • History, Literature • Psychology/Sociology • Science & Technology • Music & Theatre • Travel

Business and Technology
Contact: Sherry TenClay 277-6038

Specializes in focused training programs for busy adults seeking to enhance their professional skills or change careers. A variety of programs and certifications are offered to give students options to achieve their goals and explore their career interests. Courses are taught by leaders in their fields at times that are convenient for working professionals.

Digital Arts: Offers several certificate programs to prepare students for work in graphic design and print, multimedia, digital photography, digital filmmaking, and web design. Apple-Authorized Training Center computer labs offer training in the latest software and hardware tools for digital arts.

Professional Development: Offers certificate programs in leadership, supervisory skills, conflict resolution, and project management (PMI Educational Provider). Offers preparation for Real Estate licensure, Certified Financial Planning and Administrative Professionals’ Certification. Also offers a variety of other kinds of training including a Paralegal certificate and Professional Trainer certificate.

Computer and IT Professional: Offers courses to improve skills with specific software programs including MS Office. Offers numerous IT professional certifications including CompTIA, Microsoft IT Academy training, Novell, Oracle Workforce Development programs, Geographic Information Systems, and AutoCAD.

Customized Training and Consultation Services
Contact: Leah Kier 277-6034

Creates customized professional development and IT training courses and programs to meet the unique needs of businesses and organizations. UNM Continuing Education instructors work with businesses to develop workshops, courses, and certificate programs based on the curriculum requirements that are specified. Training may be conducted in our UNM Continuing Education facilities or at the business site.

In addition to offering customized training, UNM Continuing Education also delivers consultation services to businesses and organizations. Our IT and professional development expert consultants work with businesses to design, develop, support, and implement training and organization solutions for practical, real-world situations. Our consultants work directly with businesses to address the needs of ongoing projects, product roll outs, deployments and new initiatives. UNM Continuing Education network administrators, programmers, web developers, project managers, instructional designers and many other experts work side by side with staff to meet business needs.

Growth and Enrichment
Contact: Dora Delgado-Raby 277-6320

Offers courses in arts, language, hobby and personal development; allowing students to explore their interests, stimulate their minds and gain skills to help them enrich their lives. Programs are offered for all age groups in accessible and affordable formats. Demand for programs to be held at neighborhood locations led UNM Continuing Education to seek off-campus locations. Programs are offered in more than 50 sites throughout Albuquerque.

Categories of offerings include:
Aquatics • Art • Cooking • Communication • Crafts and Hobbies • Health and Relaxation • Home and Garden • Humanities • Language • Leisure Time Activities • Money Matters • Music, Dance & Theatre • Photography • Reading & Writing • Especially for Seniors • Especially for Youth

Story of New Mexico
Contact: Joan Cok 277-0563

Travel and Lecture programming with Southwestern cultural themes.

This series is presented by people who can bring history to life; prominent educators and lecturers, including authors, descendants of historical figures, artists-in-residence, ecologists and museum curators. Genuine enthusiasts share their experience to let students in on the “inside story” of New Mexico.

Community Service Programs

Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute
Contact: Mary Bullock 299-6334

UNM Continuing Education entered a partnership with the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, a National Indian Community College, to improve the educational opportunities and enhance the college level of instruction for Native Americans in the Southwest. Continuing Education provides qualified instructors, text and course materials, and an expert level of programming to promote academic success and further students’ college educations at UNM or other institutions of higher education. Students receive credit and work towards various degrees in this custom learning environment.

Spanish Resource Center
Contact: Fernando Martín 246-2261, ext. 124

The Spanish Resource Center creates awareness of the Spanish language and cultures throughout New Mexico through a partnership by The Ministry of Education and Science of Spain, UNM Continuing Education, and the New Mexico Department of Education. They offer a broad collection of materials to students and educators on Spanish language programs. They collaborate with several UNM departments to host conferences and workshops. And they offer a visiting teachers program between Spain and New Mexico.

Health Care and Human Services
Contact: Sherry Tenclay 277-6038

Offers courses to train addictions counselors utilizing current evidence based treatment methods. Provides training for positions in the fast growing medical field, case management, personal trainer certification, child care and integrative wellness.

Case Management • Administrative Medical Specialist • Substance Abuse Studies • Phlebotomy • Fitness & Personal Training • Explorations in Integrative Wellness

DWI Awareness Program
Contact: Araci Joy 277-6170

DWI prevention and education course for first-time licensees in New Mexico. In cooperation with the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department Traffic Safety Bureau, the Division provides a DWI Prevention and Education course, “None for the Road.” All first-time licensees in New Mexico, between the ages of 18 and 24, are required to take this awareness class which informs them about driving-while impaired (DWI) laws and prevention. The class is offered as a home-study course and is available through the mail.

Conference Center
Contact: Beth Horan 277-5984

Facility for conferences that includes a 600 seat auditorium, break-out rooms and classrooms, a banquet room and a large lobby area. The Conference Center offers Albuquerque businesses, statewide public entities and out-of-state events a medium-sized facility with a variety of support services and features.

Central location • Free parking • Registration • Catering • Break-out rooms • Equipment • Wireless high speed internet

The Continuing Education Education Unit (CEU)

The CEU is a unit of measurement in which 10 contact hours equal one CEU. It is used to record the education experiences of participants in certain Continuing Education activities that satisfy stated criteria. The availability of CEUs is indicated in the course descriptions.

The CEU is not academic credit, nor can it be converted to academic credit. A CEU transcript or certificate is available on request after satisfactory completion of a CEU activity.

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