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CCHS Team Wins Congressional App Challenge

We are proud to announce that the CCHS App Team won 1st prize in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge! 

The Congressional App Challenge is a national event that encourages students to learn about computer coding and software by creating an app of their choice.  In response to this challenge, our students created an app called “Save the Garden” using M.I.T.’s App Inventor.  Their award-winning app will be honored by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and is now eligible for display in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Congratulations to Samona Brown, Amber Rivera, Ashton Nolte, and Thomas Fisher.

You have made our Luna Family proud!

CCHS Student Named APS Student of the Week

Nusenda Credit Union, in partnership with the APS Education Foundation, highlights an APS student each week.


Libni’s school experience: I started at CCHS my sophomore year without having any idea where my educational path would go. I was excited to be the first generation in my family to attend college and finish high school at the same time. To be honest, this long journey was not easy. Attending college and finishing high school required maximum effort from my part as well as patience. I have endured many successes and failures in these past three years at College and Career High School and now that I am reaching what feels like the end I know that all my efforts were all worth it.


Favorite course: My favorite general course at the moment is science, more specifically my biology and fundamental classes for nursing. I find these classes so interesting and insightful to worldwide concepts making each day a fun learning experience.


Plans for the future? I really appreciate my current education because I view it as a stepping-stone to my future plans of helping others in both physical and spiritual ways.

Two CCHS Students Win MLK Jr. Scholarships

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Scholarship is an essay competition that is only open to high school seniors.  Not only is this competition a scholarship opportunity, it is a chance for students to commemorate Dr. King’s powerful message of love, hope, and unity.  This year, the M.L.K. Multicultural Council received over 500 applicants for 50 scholarship slots. 


This is why it is with great pride that we announce that CCHS has two scholarship winners this year—Estania Jean Charles and Cara Edmunds.


In Estania’s essay, she addressed the importance of coming together as equals in order to solve social problems.  Estania acknowledged that society has come far since the Civil Rights Movement but there is still much more work that needs to be done.  As she pointed out, “Dr. King was a leader in many forms, from being a pioneer in social justice and equality to being a trailblazer in education.  Because of him, I am inspired to seek ways to improve my life as well as those from underrepresented and underserved communities here in New Mexico.


Cara has been active in keeping the memory of Dr. King alive as she has worked with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Council, as well as other social justice groups here in Albuquerque.  Much of what Cara believes in and strives for has come from King’s legacy.  When asked about her thoughts on Dr. King, she relayed, “MLK has left a legacy that still affects us today.  He has inspired myself and others to use our voices.  It is so important to speak your truth and stand up for what you feel is right—‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”


We are very proud of Estania and Cara and know that they are on their way to contributing much more to both the school community and the community at large.

CCHS Students tour CNM School of Applied Technologies

On Friday, September 9 thirty-three 10th graders went on a field trip to learn more about some of CNM’s programs in the School of Applied Technologies (AT).  Joe Schaub, AT Achievement Coach, opened many of the classroom labs so students could learn more about the programs.  Faculty members and students from Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning, Architectural Woodworking, Welding, Machine Tool Technology, and Electrical Trades talked to our students about the benefits of studying an AT field.  These are excellent programs for students who like hands-on work and the faculty and students emphasized that students in these programs need to think creatively on the job every day. 


Many AT majors start by earning a certificate or two in the area of study and then completing an Associate’s degree in the final term of the program.  Schaub emphasized that these programs have opportunities for immediate employment as well as transferring to a 4-year institution towards a Bachelor’s degree.   There is also considerable cross-over between some of the AT programs and other degrees at the college.  For example, a faculty member in the Machine Tool Technology program said that some of the best engineers he worked with in his tenure at Sandia National Labs had experience as machinists.  Having strong hands-on skills can really set students apart when it comes time to apply for internships and jobs.


Students also had an opportunity to check out the FUSE Makerspace, a lab with state-of-the-art equipment that artists, entrepreneurs, and tinkerers can use for creating and prototyping their designs.  Students and community members can purchase memberships to the Makerspace and students who take classes within the Makerspace have access to the equipment free for the time they are taking the class!

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Earlier this month CCHS hosted its second annual fall festival, also known as Lunapalooza.  There were many festivities, including face painting, a student run bake sale, and a silent auction.  The student council also sold school t-shirts and hoodies.  CCHS teachers were on hand to meet with parents and gave short demonstrations of the TI Inspire calculators and the new SpringBoard ELA curriculum.  As parents circulated around E Building, our new principal Mr. Todd Resch greeted parents and talked with students.


Like last year, our silent auction was a huge hit with many families and CCHS supporters donating items for resale.  Over thirty items were sold including coffee gift baskets, eyeglass frames, and art that was made by students.  During our silent auction, parents, teachers and CCHS supporters generously bid on the items and nearly $800 was raised!  As with last year’s silent auction, 100% of the money raised will be used in support of student activities.


If you didn’t get a chance to snag a CCHS hoodie or t-shirt they are still available for sale. Talk to Ms. Bielek or Ms. Ladd if you would like to purchase one.

Thank you to all the parents, students, and staff who helped make Lunapalooza a success!


May 2016 - A Message from the Superintendent


I’ll be attending my first commencement as superintendent this weekend at the joint graduation ceremony for APS College and Career High School and CNM. What a great honor!  What a great program!

CCHS is one of our schools of choice, a true gem located on the CNM campus that allows students to earn college credit while attending high school.    

The 52 graduates who make up the founding class of CCHS will walk across the stage Saturday having earned more than 1,600 college credits. By the end of summer, a dozen of them will have associate degrees in a variety of subjects including chemistry, communications, entrepreneurship, phlebotomy and sociology.

The cost of completing all of these credits normally would be around $84,000; for our students, it was free.

If I sound excited about this school it’s because it does exactly what we in public education are supposed to be doing – opening doors for our students and sending them down paths of potential, possibility and hope.

Congratulations to the CCHS Class of 2016, a pioneering group of students who took a chance on a new program three years ago and wound up with a terrific education. And congrats to the great CCHS staff, too – led by Principal Elizabeth Abeyta. You believe in your students. You help them succeed, and for that you deserve a pat on the back. 

Know a high school student who’s chomping at the bit to start college? Maybe one of your students? Or one of your own children? Encourage them to visit College and Career High School. Take a tour. Visit their website. Spread the word.

Most of our graduation ceremonies will be the week of May 9. It’s a culmination of years of hard work and stick-with-it-ness; of letdowns and victories and achievement. What a wonderful time of year for those of us in education. A time worth celebrating, starting with the CCHS Class of 2016.


April 2016 - Senior Night and Robing Ceremony

As the 2015-2016 academic year comes to a close, it is time to once again bid farewell to our senior class.  Goodbyes can be difficult, especially when many of these seniors started their sophomore year of school together, along with the inception of College and Career High School. 


However, the future looks bright for this group of seniors.  All of our students have earned college credit at CNM and most are on their way to completing a college certificate.  In fact, the CCHS class of 2016 completed more than 1,626 college credits, which is the equivalent of 108 full-time semesters at a 4-year university!  In addition, nineteen of our students are on track to receive a 2-year degree or certificate this summer.

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Senior Awards Night began with a very special processional, where two of our graduating seniors sang both the “Star Spangled Banner” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway.”  All seniors were “robed” by an individual that played a significant role in their schooling success. 


Those seniors who completed grades 10th through 12th at CCHS were presented with our first ever Luna Award, in recognition of their commitment to dual graduation.  As the night progressed, many of our students were recognized for their academic achievements in the subjects of Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science.  Also, students received cords for their active participation in yearbook and student council. 


The CCHS Senior Awards Night is simply a precursor to the true celebration—graduation!  College and Career High School is scheduled to graduate along with CNM’s student body on Saturday, April 30 at 12 noon.  Congratulations again CCHS class of 2016!

April 2016 - Seniors Reflect on CCHS



Taya Sanchez

Thank you teachers and staff of CCHS.  Without you we would not have had the amazing opportunity of going to such a unique high school.  You guys have given us a head start into our future, a chance most aren’t lucky enough to receive.  Not only were we given our high school education, but also motivation for all education in the future.  This is a debt we can only repay by promising our success.







Edgar Cardenas

CCHS overall is a great school and I am glad that I chose this school because it has good teachers.  Some teachers are harder than others, but they are all great people.  The teachers really think about your schedule and are flexible with assignments, which is something that really helps when you are taking 3 to 5 college classes.  Also these awesome teachers are the best because they become like family helping you in whatever you need.





Clarissa Garcia

I have had to change schools and bid farewell to everything I had ever known as a young high school freshman.  I have had to sacrifice times with friends in exchange for a painstaking night of homework.  At times, I have felt like I was running, desperately putting pieces of myself together as I go.  But the reason I make these choices is for the hope of creating a better future.  And by seeing all of the people that have made this choice with me, I can feel that it was all worth it.

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Joshua Jacob

No other high school can compare in how supportive, warm-hearted, and encouraging the teachers and staff are at CCHS.



Harley_Tucker.JPGHarley Tucker

I want to talk about the amazing opportunity all of us were given when we began our journey at CCHS.  We all have been attending college full time while still in high school and that is beyond amazing.  I have always brushed off how big a deal this is but recently it has hit me how big a deal our experience with CCHS and CNM really is.  When I first heard about this school it seemed almost unrealistic, getting a big chunk of college done for free and still be in high school?  Please sign me up!  This has meant a whole new journey, a life I had never imagined possible.  If I was asked to go back and stay in a traditional high school I would immediately say no.



Diana Perales

Most of us walking out of the CCHS halls this month will already have a set plan where we are going or what we want to study.  CCHS has not only prepared us for college but for life.  Without CCHS I would never have found my passion for chemistry, let alone received my Associates Degree in chemistry at the same time as high school graduation.





Oscar Machado

In my freshman year I did not find school important.  I never tried to set a future for myself.  I started attending CCHS and it changed that for me.  Once I took my first college class, it made me realize that education can send me towards a really positive direction… My degree program at CNM is Criminal Justice.  I have the opportunity to walk out of graduation and go into the APD. 





Katie English

I am being awarded two degrees from CNM… these two Associates degrees have been earned over three years while doing dual credit at CCHS.  I’m not going to lie: it was challenging at times.  The teachers at CCHS were so understanding of the stress and pressure that comes with doing dual credit.  They allowed us to take the time we needed.  They gave us help when we needed.  The teachers here knew that this wasn’t a traditional school, yet they still found a way to give us the education we needed while helping us and supporting us through earning college credits, degrees, and certificates at the same time.

March 2016 - Science Class Hosts Visitors

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The CCHS Biology class has had several guest speakers come in to the classroom this past semester.  These guest speakers have extended our knowledge of extinction, conservation, population curves, animal cruelty, anatomy, and other key concepts that were originally covered in class.  Our guest speakers have provided a unique opportunity for our students to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of these concepts and discover their applicability in everyday situations.  Furthermore, students have also been given many opportunities to apply their learning as part of a community outreach!

  • Animal Humane Society
  • Rio Grande Zoological Biological Park
  • City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Management
  • Bernalillo County Master Composter
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History

The CCHS Biology class also had several local scientists and professionals come into the classroom to share their research and work.   The students gained first hand knowledge about relevant fields in their community that involve multiple areas of science.  A big CCHS thank you to our visitors!

  • Yohannes Tesfaigzi, Ph.D., Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
  • Jennifer Foster Harris, Ph.D., Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Julie Wilder Ph.D., Sandia National Laboratories
  • Carolyn Merchant J.D., Merchant Law Firm

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MArch 2016 - CCHS Gains Third-Party Accreditation

The APS Board of Education recognized CCHS at its March 16 meeting for receiving accreditation from AdvancEd, the international leader in school accreditation.  Todd Resch, Associate Superintendent for High Schools Education, introduced CCHS staff to the Board, adding that CCHS was "the highest scoring school the accreditation team had ever visited."  Accepting the certificate on behalf of the school, Principal Liz Abeyta said "I am very proud that CCHS has achieved AdvancEd accreditation, but I am even more proud of the staff and teachers who worked to complete the accreditation process." 


Clair Toledo, a CCHS math teacher who helped lead the accreditation effort, explained the importance of this recognition.  "AdvancEd accreditation serves as independent, third-party evaluation of school quality.  This is validation for parents and the community that CCHS is delivering a high quality educational experience."

February 2016 - STEM Mixer for CCHS Students

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CCHS students recently participated in a career building event of a kind not often available to high schoolers.  Teresa Baca at CNM Job Connection Services hosted a STEM Business Mixer for CCHS students and professionals from the Albuquerque business and technical community.  CCHS students were coached over the previous two months on networking, resumes, introductions, and developing a short “elevator speech” about their own strengths and goals.  On February 24 they put their skills into practice, meeting and networking with approximately two dozen local professionals representing organization such as PNM, Verizon, Pepsi-Cola, Eclipse Aviation, the University of New Mexico, and Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Architecture. 


“It was a wonderful experience for our students,” commented CCHS Dean of Students Karen Krall.  “They learned how to network in a professional setting and made some valuable connections.  Access to CNM expertise and resources is one of the many advantages of having our school on the CNM campus.”


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January 2016 - Prospective Students Tour CCHS

CCHS is no longer Albuquerque’s best kept secret for earning a high school diploma- and not to mention, a CNM Associates’ Degree or Certificate at the same time. CCHS is in its third year and gaining more interest every year.  On Friday, January 29th CCHS held its first tour for interested students and their families.  There were several families who came to visit from across Albuquerque and neighboring towns.


Sophomores Miranda Trujillo, Isabella Pena and Johanna Haiduk joined our counselor, Mrs. Beltran, in leading the tours around CCHS and CNM campus. The students shared their perspectives as CCHS students, including high school and college expectations, resources available for students, and differences between CCHS and comprehensive high schools. The visiting families gave positive feedback and were eager to start their applications.


2016 Jan tours 1.JPGApplications are now available online. Students must return completed applications in-person to our front office in building S, room S-103.  CCHS will review applications as we receive them on a rolling basis. Interested families may join us for future tour dates by calling Andrea at 224-4881. We are looking forward growing our Nightwolf family for the 2016-17 school year!

January 2016 - Students Volunteer in the Community

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On a typical Saturday morning, you will find most teenagers catching up on their sleep.  Our Nightwolves, however, were up bright and early on January 24th in order to give back to CNM’s students and community. The CCHS Student Council, CCHS students and supporters, along with three CCHS teachers (and one teacher’s husband!), gathered from 7:30-10:30 to help organize and distribute food boxes that were provided by the Roadrunner Food Bank.  While the morning was a cold one, we quickly warmed up with some coffee, laughter, and good cheer.  As the Roadrunner food truck drove up to the site, one group of students quickly began setting up the food stations.  Another group, without any provocation, began opening packages and grouping produce into individual bags.  Yet another group of students started to break down boxes for later recycling. 


After the day was up, we all gathered together to talk.  “It’s a good feeling,” one student remarked, “to actually help people out who really need it.”  One teacher reminded us that food insecurity touches all of us whether it be family, friends, or our own students.  “It is so cool that CNM offers this program for its students,” claimed another student.  Even the volunteers were given the option of bringing home some food, which was a beneficial for us all.  In the end, if the day had to be summed up by one sentiment, it would be this:  “If you have a family that loves you, a few good friends, food on the table, and a roof over your head, you are richer than you think.”  

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November 2015 - Student Council Volunteers at Doggy Dash

CCHS Student Council members volunteered a total of 40 hours at the Doggie Dash on November 1st. The students helped out at the doggie carnival by making paw print paintings and hosting a dog costume contest. Student Council really enjoyed working with the dogs and would like to make it an annual service event. A big thank you to the CCHS Student Council members who volunteered!

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October 2015 - CCHS Fall Festival

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It’s not uncommon to find CCHS students on campus well after high school classes end at 3:30—many of our students remain on campus until well into the evening in order to attend their CNM courses.  On October 28, however, many of them found themselves hanging around CCHS for a different reason: to have fun!  This year’s open house took the form of a Fall Festival.  Plenty of food was eaten and games played while parents walked around E building and chatted with teachers and students.

One of the most successful events from the evening was the silent auction, run by Dr. Sarah Santillanes, our English and Yearbook teacher, and Lisa Mulroy, our Special Education Teacher and Testing Coordinator.  All of the items were donated by the CCHS community.  Parents, students, and faculty bid on handmade pottery created by Principal Abeyta’s father, artwork from CCHS students, baskets put together by CCHS families, and many, many other items.  In the auction’s final minutes, bidding was fierce, making for an exciting spectacle for everyone.

Those who ventured into the other classrooms were greeted with pizza, nachos and baked goods.  To warm the chill, hot cider and cookies were offered by English teacher Maria Ladd and Counselor Yesenia Beltràn.  Anyone wishing to get in some gaming were delighted to find they could play a game of Cornhole, social studies Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Blackjack, or Twister. 

The Festival was also the event in which our new CCHS t-shirts made their debut!  Sales are ongoing, so anyone who wasn’t able to snag a shirt then can still contact Dr. Bush to purchase one.  Shirts are $15 (small – XL) and $17 (XXL).

 All in all, it was an extremely successful night.  Altogether, over $1,000 was raised!  This money will be put towards funding snacks for students during testing, student council trips, yearbook expenses, the end of the year senior banquet, and prom.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the night a success!

October 2015 - Teachers Participate in Duke City Marathon Relay

It turns out that our teachers not only teach, but they also like to run. Mrs. Toledo, Ms. Bielek, Mrs. Beltran, Mrs. Ladd, and Mrs. Mulroy competed on a relay team in the Duke City Marathon Relay on October 18th. Each teacher completed between 4.2 and 6.2 miles of the 26.2 mile race. The team finished in 4 hours and 8 minutes averaging a 9:20/mile pace. Not too bad for a team of  five teachers!

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October 2015 - CCHS Student Wins Scholarship

College & Career High School is proud to have a scholarship winner in its midst!  Senior Clarissa Garcia has been awarded a scholarship from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council.  After learning of the scholarship from our counselor, Mrs. Beltràn, Clarissa got to work on her essay.  The Council asked applicants to write an essay about how Dr. King continues to influence not only our current society, but the applicants themselves.  Clarissa’s resulting essay was thought-provoking and phenomenally written.  In response to the prompt, Clarissa writes:


Even when times become hard for me because of who I am and how I’m perceived by others, I remember to stand strong because every single individual is important and brings something special to the world, the same message that Dr. King fought for many years to be heard and made a reality.


It is because of this eloquence that Clarissa will be honored at an awards ceremony on January 18, 2016.  News of her award and this celebration spread joy spread throughout the office.   “We are so proud of her!” exclaimed Principal Abeyta.  Mrs. Krall said that she “can’t think of a more compassionate and bright young woman who represents the qualities of Dr. Martin Luther King than Clarissa Garcia.”  The rest of the staff, like Mrs. Abeyta and Mrs. Krall, are very happy for Clarissa and know that she deserves this award.  We are all looking forward to seeing what the future holds for her.

September 2015 - Students Reflect on the New School Year

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Making a Change…for the Better!

Throughout Albuquerque students are now back in the swing of things at school.  Here at College and Career High School, our students are no different.  However, every year we welcome in a new tenth grade cohort; a group of students who are new to CCHS and new to Central New Mexico Community College (CNM).  Our mission is Dual Graduation—students who graduate from high school and CNM simultaneously!  Recently, we checked in with our new 10th grade students and their parents to see how these meaningful changes are coming along.

Students are Saying…

    ... My first day at CCHS was like entering a new world.  I was a little worried, but everyone was really nice.  College and Career High School has the best classes.  I had my first CNM classes on Monday and they were not what I expected.  In the first class, we jumped right in like we were going swimming.  I have my classes again today and I wonder what we will learn!

    ...CCHS appeared in my life when I received information from the principal, recruiting me to the school.  I decided I wanted to join because it was a really big opportunity that nobody would pass up.  It’s going to be a challenge but if I put my mind to it, anything is possible!  The college classes are awesome and I have really cool teachers.  This year is going to be hard but I know I’ll get through it.

     ....For once, my teachers actually care how I am doing and care about my education.  Now I have a reason to come to school.  For the first time in 4 years, I want to come to school.

     ...Going to CCHS was the beginning of a new era.  I didn’t previously know anybody, so I felt completely deserted.  Once I was here, I realized that making friends was easy!  That first day I was able to go home and tell my mom that I made friends—not a friend, but friends, as in multiple.  So far, not only have I gained friends (more than I’ve ever had) but I’ve gained a little fortitude that I will most likely never lose.

Parents are Saying…

     ...I’m loving CCHS.  Everyone is very helpful and the attitude is amazing.  These are the things that kids need to be successful so thank you all at CCHS for making this an amazing experience so far—for myself as well as my son. 

     ...My son told me that this is the first time he’s cared about school in 4 years.  Yay!

     ...Now that we have everything in place with the enrollment in CCHS, I’m very hopeful for a good semester for my son.  He is excited to be part of CCHS and I believe he will work hard to do well.

     ...Our daughter has already come home and said many positive things about her classes and how she enjoys it. She is so grateful that this program is offered. Her dad and I are too.  Last year we saw that she was enjoying her ROTC program but how bored she was with the other classes. They just weren't enough of a challenge for her. 


The teachers and staff at CCHS look forward to seeing where this semester, and new academic year, takes all of us.  One thing is for sure, we know it will be unforgettable!

Congratulations CCHS Class of 2015!

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May 2015: Senior Reflections

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I have nothing but good things to say about CCHS.  At CCHS, you actually build a personal relationship with the teachers, and they want you to succeed.  They care about your success, and they push you to do your best.  They offer help no matter the time and always relate our schoolwork to real life scenarios.



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We have all come a long way since we started at this school.  We are all now very comfortable with college classes and feel more capable of succeeding within them.  We have all benefitted from this program.  This program allowed us to gain many college credits and academic confidence.  We can now face college wherever we go with the confidence and pride that we have developed here at CCHS.


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When CCHS first opened, some students came to make a difference in their lives by taking CNM classes, while others came because they were forced to.  But the school pulled through by giving every one of its students the opportunity to earn their degree before graduating from high school and showing us what it means to take our future into our own hands.



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This school is truly like no other school.  It’s on a college campus where we are held to a higher standard.  We go by two sets of rules, APS and CNM.  But that’s not the only thing about this school.  Our school is small.  For the most part, everyone knows everyone.  There is such a close teacher-student relationship here which, in my opinion, is a vital part of the education system.


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CCHS is life-changing in only the best of ways.  For the many of us who went to a typical public high school at some point, we can most likely say that in complete honesty.  At this school we were able to begin our path into higher education.




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Now that I know what college feels like I won’t be as scared when I transfer to the university.  I will be more comfortable going to a bigger campus because I had the experience of going to this school.  I’ve been able to get so many credit hours out of the way.  I am happy to say that I will be graduating with 51 credit hours.



Amy Richardson.jpgAmy

At the start of my junior year I jumped head-first into the opportunity that this high school offered, and it was probably one of the best decisions I could have made in regards to my education…  I was encouraged to be the best that I could be by everyone around me.  My friends, my family, my teachers, and even people I barely knew encouraged me to not just do well, but to do what I could to the best of my abilities. 



Ashley Jackson.jpegAshley

Most high school students do not get the opportunity that we do.  We did not just get the chance to graduate but got the chance to get college certificates, a college degree, to get ahead of everyone else.  CCHS staff has helped us get on the right track.  They’ve helped us start our education toward the career we want.



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As a dual-credit student, I have had a particularly unique high school experience.   As a college student, I was treated as an adult.  I was expected to do adult-level work, both in and out of class, and I was given the choice of what I wanted to do.  I was allowed to pick what classes I wanted, and I was allowed to formulate how and when I would take those classes.




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CCHS is not like any other high school, and I am glad I discovered this place when I did.  The faculty here really built back up my hope for my education with their helpful advice and their unwavering determination to help us out in school, all delivered with a smile.




April 2015: CCHS Student Wins CNM Award

On April 2 the CNM Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges presented its annual Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards (WIN), and one of the awardees was CCHS student Diana Perales!

The WIN program is designed to celebrate, acknowledge and validate the successes of students, instructors and administration working and studying in non-traditional program areas.  Diana received the “Student of Promise” award, which recognizes a first- year or dual-credit student enrolled in a non-traditional program who shows promise in her program.


April 2015: Student Donates Hair to Locks of Love

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A Junior at CCHS, Brittani Madrid, recently donated her hair to Locks of Love.  She says she did it to support a friend who has leukemia and for several family members who have had cancer.  “It was spontaneous and felt good to do something for others.”   She said anyone can donate their hair. It has to be 10 inches long when braided.  After you cut it off, you simply mail it to Locks of Love who then use it to make wigs for people who have lost their hair during chemotherapy.  Way to go, Brittani!


March 2015: The Zoo Visits CCHS


CCHS biology students are currently working on an exciting unit centered on the biosphere.  Issues relevant to this topic include biodiversity, animal niche, and the effects of population growth on the environment.  Coupled with the learning that we are doing in the classroom, guest speakers from the Animal Humane Society and the Rio Grande Zoological Biological parks will come to the classroom to give presentations on these same topics. 

Our classroom discussions will incorporate our knowledge of extinction, conservation, population curves and animal cruelty, as we relate these back to how the presenters apply these same themes in their professional life.  This will be a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of these concepts and their applicability in everyday situations.  Furthermore, students will be given many opportunities to apply their learning as part of a community outreach!

February 2015: CCHS Gets a Mascot!

Now in its second year (the same as CCHS!), National School Choice Week gives schools of choice the opportunity to gain visibility while celebrating their unique status within their communities.  This year, College and Career High School was invited to participate.  So it was in the name of school pride that the administration decided to hold a contest in which students would choose the design inspiration for our mascot, Luna the Nightwolf.

We were lucky enough to receive four fantastic submissions from three of our seniors: Brandon Bennett, Ashley Balke, and Helen Comellas.  Copies of their submissions were placed around the school and the rest of the student body was invited to vote for their favorite.  Students proved to have many different opinions about each of the submissions, but one thought united them all: the choice was difficult.

The votes have been counted and the students have spoken.  It was a close race, but Ashley Balke’s submission came out on top, and CCHS used National School Choice Week (January 25-31) to celebrate Mascot Appreciation Week.  Ashley’s design was posted around the school and was officially submitted to CNM’s graphic department to be used as inspiration for Luna the Nightwolf.  We are so proud to have had so many students take an interest in the shaping of such an important part of our school’s history!

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January 2015: Students Compete in Statewide Math Contest

Evelyn Morales and Diana Perales have qualified to compete in the second round of the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics contest. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNM and the PNM Foundation sponsor this yearly competition.  Nine CCHS student completed the 3 hour first round exam which was designed to test mathematical potential and ingenuity as well as formal knowledge.   The top 200 finalists in the state are invited to the UNM campus on February 7 to compete in Round II which includes prizes, guest speakers, lunch and the Round II exam.  It is quite an achievement for CCHS to have TWO students qualify for Round II.  Way to go, Diana and Evelyn!

January 2015: 10th Graders Reflect on CCHS

Last semester was full of new experiences for the CCHS sophomores.  As dual-enrollment students, they soon discovered that attending CNM classes while managing their CCHS classes would be both challenging and rewarding.  One English-10 writing project focused on the “before” and “after” aspects of attending CCHS.  A sophomore describes this pivotal change:

     When school started at CCHS, I thought it was going to be easy because of the lax schedule and the down time.  I was comparing CCHS with my freshman year at my other school.  At that school, I was not expected to have much responsibility of, well, anything.  I wasn’t even expected to turn in homework.  With CCHS, I wasn’t exactly ready for the amount of responsibility they threw on my shoulders.  My level of responsibility doubled because I was at a rigorous high school and college at the same time.

     Overall, the transition to CCHS was hard but it made me actually do my homework, change my social life, and become adapted to the idea of more responsibility.  CCHS has helped me gain strength emotionally and mentally to help me strive towards my goals and be the best I can be.

The sophomores have shown a true commitment to their academic future and we are pleased that they are part of our growing group!

November 2014: News from the Classroom

Game of Life Project in Transitions to College Math

The 12th grade students in Transitions to College Math recently completed the “Game of Life” financial literacy project. At the beginning of the project, each student received a job with an annual salary and debt amount. The students were asked to create a monthly budget with a breakdown on how much money is to be spent on food, transportation, housing, loan payments, insurance, entertainment, and child care.

The project was broken up into 5 “years”, each taking one class period. The students received new updates at the beginning of each year. Some examples of the updates included getting married or divorced, having a child, getting a raise at work, getting in a car accident, and moving in with a roommate who chipped in on rent. At the end of each year students paid their taxes, recalculated their debt and savings, and evaluated how well they were adhering to their budget.

By the end of the project, some students were very financially successful and others were deeply in debt. The students enjoyed the project and realized that being financially independent is not as easy as they thought it would be.

October 2014: CCHS Student Leaders

CCHS is submitting an application to CNM’s Student Activities for a charter student organization called CCHS Student Leaders.

If approved we will be the first dual-credit student club and one of 29 clubs on campus.  Approval will allow CCHS students to have access to CNM institutional funds to help create student life and activities within CCHS.  The CCHS Student Council also provides leadership training as well as leadership opportunities for CCHS students.

CCHS Student Leaders is open to any CCHS student interested in supporting the CCHS student community.  Please see Ms. Monje, Student Leaders CNM sponsor, or Ms. Bielek, Student Leaders CCHS sponsor, for more information.


January, 2015 Update:  The CCHS Student Leaders Club was approved and has started meeting! 

September 2014: Student Perspectives on CCHS


rk-cchs.jpgRachel Kline, Class of 2015

My name is Rachel Kline. I am a junior and I am now going to the College and Career High School. I play softball as a hobby at Manzano High School. I love the College and Career High School (CCHS) because it allows me to get a head start in my degree. I want to become a special education teacher (leaning towards autism specific). I enjoy the classes I am taking and love the new experiences. It takes a lot of time management and dedication to do high school, college and sports at the same time, but I don't regret it because I will be ahead in my education.


jj-cchs.pngJustin Johnson, Class of 2015

As a CCHS student, I love the convenience of getting out of my high school classes at 10:20 a.m. It let's me have options when choosing my college classes! Even with my college classes, my latest day at school is 1:15 p.m. This gives me more time for work and doing things around the house.


dm-cchs.jpgDeborah McCabe, Class of 2016

Becoming a student here at College & Career High School has been one of my greatest decisions. I am getting ahead in my education and being able to create my future. The environment of the school speaks for itself. This school would be a perfect choice for any student that is a risk taker, hard worker, and who's motivated to do well in school.



sd-cchs.jpgSarah Dadey, Class of 2016

Hi! I'm Sarah and I am currently a College & Career High School (CCHS) student. CCHS was such an amazing opportunity for me. I was able to go to a school where I felt accepted for wanting to go to school. It was really hard for me to make "true friend" at my old school. I was a misfit but this school made it so I can be a puzzle piece to a perfect puzzle. #ChangeYourPathToday