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CCHS Accepting 10th Grade Applications Posted 7/1/18

CCHS will accept applications for 10th graders through July 27.


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CCHS Team Wins Congressional App Challenge Posted 1/1/18

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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, Thomas Fisher.

You have made our Luna Family proud!

CCHS Student Named APS Student of the Week Posted 11/1/17

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 Posted 10/1/16

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 Posted 9/9/16

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!

Students and instructor from CNM looking at plasma cutter
Students and a CNM instructor in the AUTC lab

Lunapalooza Posted 9/1/16

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!

Students working the dessert table at the festival
Group photo of some staff and students at the festival

May 2016 - A Message from the Superintendent Posted 5/1/16

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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.

Group photo of graduating CCHS students

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 Posted 4/1/16

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.

Graduating students receive robes for graduation

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 Posted 4/1/16

Taya Sanchez

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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

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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

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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.

Joshua Jacob

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

Harley Tucker

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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

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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

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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

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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 Posted 3/1/16

Student pets a snake held by a zoo staff member

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

Students listen to a presentation from an Animal Humane Society guest speaker