Story and Photos by

Mark Graven

Staff Writer

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A photo tour of CNM’ Advanced Technology Center (ATC) shows the campus to be operating in a low-energy mode.

ATC, according to its website, is an 80,000 square foot facility, replete with state-of-the art classrooms and labs.  When operating at full throttle, ATC hosts loads of classes in the fields of:  Architectural Engineering;  Aviation Maintenance; Construction Management; Film Production; Surveying; Truck Driving; Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and more.  

In the late morning of Monday, June 7th, the ATC campus is quiet.   A couple of small planes parked on the east side of ATC, do not appear ready for take-off.   The south parking lot has only a few cars, while there are no vehicles in the “fuel efficient” and “low emission” parking slots on the west side.

Signs at the entry door on the south side indicate that face coverings are required for all persons entering the building, and that once inside, folks should maintain a distance of at least six feet apart.  

There are no people at the entryways, although one person is spotted at a distance, down a long concourse.   Signs indicate that at least two classes are meeting at ATC during Summer Session.

But Sol the Suncat seems a solitary figure as pictured on the wall near the north entrance.  Sol looks to be in a good mood–perhaps because there is nobody to yank his tail, or rattle his cage, so to speak, this fine sunny morning.

Just plane respect

By The Chronicle Editorial Board

A definite quality difference is certainly evident in the instruc­tors and classes here at CNM, because of the high enrollment in one class with a great teacher and low enrollment in classes where teach­ers are lacking.

Most students are able to find this out by comparing instructors in certain classes on, where anyone can see why some classes are great, and why some just don’t cut it when it comes to the correct quality of education or respect that stu­dents should be getting from all instructors.

So, when students are willing to fight to keep an instructor from being fired, such as in the article on page 2 “Students want their teacher back,” many student said that instructor Jason Manzanares goes above and beyond to make sure his students are getting the quality of education they need to survive in their field of aviation, and that he deserves to have a second chance.

Our school cannot afford to lose any great instructors at CNM, and the school needs to take students views into consider­ation more often, especially when dealing with issues involving instructors.

The Chronicle was not made aware specifically why Manzanares was put on leave, as the school was not willing to comment on human resource issues, but it is apparent that many students in his class wish to keep their instructor around, especially since he developed the program and has estab­lished the curriculum that makes the CNM aviation program worth investing in for these students.

All the students who fund this school, by paying for and attend­ing classes, have earned consideration and some level of respect, instead of how these aviation students are being treated now, which is to be cast aside, left in the dark, and ignored by the powers that dic­tate whether these students get the quality of education they expect to get from CNM, or will have to go on without the teacher who inspires them every day to succeed and finish with their educations.

Students deserve to have a voice when it comes to issues with really great instructors, and with mediocre, disrespectful, or demeaning instructors, and students deserve to be heard with real concern from the school.

To have issues with instructors or the school in any capacity is hard enough as it is, but students need to feel there is good resolutions with complaints, and that the issue is not just resolved from the schools point of view, because when students are brushed off until frustration sets in, they give up.

Students should never have to feel they are not being heard by the school they pay to attend, and the school should care what students think to improve the curriculum here.

It is rare to meet and learn from an instructor who will challenge you, change your views, or help you to succeed when you need it most, so it is the Chronicle’s opinion that extraordinary instructors who teach suc­cessfully and the students that support them should be considered at this school, instead of casting them aside. Just as the aviation stu­dents have had to cope with when all they want is their teacher back.