Division of Continuing Education and Community Services

Joseph M. Miera, Interim Executive Director
The University of New Mexico
Division of Continuing Education and 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 30,000 students and customers are served through non-credit programs, certificate programs, and special projects every year. Approximately 150,000 community and UNM participants use the Conference Center facility each year. UNM Continuing Education employs approximately 73 staff and 300 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, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., with the exception of official UNM holidays, when offices are closed.

Continuing Education Programs

Business and Technology
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.

Computer and IT Professional
Contact: Sujen Diviney (505) 277-6033

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: Cherida Boyles (505) 277-6178

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.

Digital Arts
Contact: Caroline Orcutt (505) 277-6037

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.

Growth and Enrichment
Contact: Marie McGhee (505) 277-6320

Courses in arts, language, hobby and personal development allow 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 • Communication • Cooking • Crafts and Hobbies • Especially for Youth • Health and Relaxation • Home and Garden • Humanities • Language • Leisure Time Activities • Money Matters • Music, Dance and Theatre • Photography • Potpourri • Reading and Writing

Health and Community Action Development
Contact: Loree Nalin (505) 277-6025

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.

Categories of offerings include: Administrative Medical Specialist • Case Management • Explorations in Integrative Wellness • Fitness and Personal Training  • Phlebotomy • Substance Abuse Studies

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Contact: Maralie BeLonge (505) 277-6179

UNM Continuing Education has been selected to receive an endowment from 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 and Art History • Current Events • Health, Fitness and Well Being • History, Humanities, Literature • Music and Theatre • Psychology/Sociology • Science and Technology • Travel

Professional Development
Contact: Angela Pacheco (505) 277-3975

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.

Story of New Mexico
Contact: Krista Foutz (505) 277-0563

Get to know the real New Mexico with The Story of New Mexico, our Travel and Lecture Series program, a celebration of history, culture, and geography with an emphasis on understanding New Mexico. The Lecture Series may include presentations by historians, folklorists, artists, photographers, scientists and more. Field Trips: Besides spectacular and unspoiled landscapes, New Mexico blends distinctive living cultures together to make an interesting and diverse society, and our field trips take you inside the mysteries of this special place.

Youth Programs
Contact: Naomi Sandweiss (505) 277-0698

Provides classes, camps and conferences for community youth, ages 6-17, with a special focus on spring break and summer programming. Partners with UNM departments and community organizations to offer programs which help youth explore career and academic interests, build new skills, participate in health and fitness activities, and more. Programs are held at community sites, UNM Main Campus and UNM Continuing Education. Program topics have included animals, architecture, arts, computer, film, sports, writing, Spanish, and science. Additionally, a summer reading program is offered in partnership with the Institute of Reading Development at key locations throughout the state.

Community Service Programs

Conference Center
Contact: Beth Horan (505) 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

DWI Awareness Program
Contact: Araci Joy (505) 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 online and through the mail.

Early Childhood Services Center
The Early Childhood Services Center (ECSC) is a component part of the Division of Continuing Education and Community Services. Funded by the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the Public Education Department, the ECSC provides the following services on behalf of the children of New Mexico:

  • Cariño Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance Program (TTAP)
  • Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCR&R)
  • ECSC Data Collection System
  • ECSC Technical Services
  • New Mexico FOCUS Project
  • NewMexicoKids Network

Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute
Contact: Cherida Boyles (505) 277-6178

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: Jesus Jurado (505) 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.

Transportation Safety Center
Contact: Meg Kempert (505) 277-8771

New Mexico Department of Transportation – Traffic Safety Division has contracted with UNM Continuing Education’s Transportation Safety Law Center (TSC) for the following:

  • Determining Eligibility for Driver Education Correspondence School: TSC reviews applications to determine student eligibility and serves as the point of contact for all parents/guardians seeking to enroll students in correspondence driver education programs, answering questions and assisting them in the application process.
  • Licensing and Certification of driving safety programs:  TSC processes all original and renewal applications for Driver Ed/Driving Safety Schools and Instructors as well as Ignition Interlock Service Centers/Installers and develops application forms and guidelines to assist these programs with initial licensing and annual renewals.
  • Monitoring and Ensuring NMAC Compliance of driving safety programs: TSC develops checklists and conducts site visits to ensure that Driver Ed/Driving Safety Schools and Instructors are in compliance with the NMAC rule requirements.  TSC also works with the general public to address and resolve complaints.
  • Rules Revision and Development: Through its experiences with Driver Ed/Driving Safety programs, TSC collaborates on the revision and development of the NMAC rules.
  • Training and Continuing Education: TSC provides foundational and continuing education courses on behalf of the New Mexico Traffic Safety Division for driver education, driving safety and DWI instructors.

The Continuing Education Education Unit

The Continuing Education Unit (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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