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4001 Office Court Drive, Suite 308
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
c/o NMSU Albuquerque Center
4501 Indian School Rd NE, Ste 100
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Room 275
Gerald Thomas Hall
NMSU Main Campus
Las Cruces, NM 80003

Mary C. DeLorenzo, Program Director
Elia Galindo, Database Report Writer
Marilyn Cimalore, Program Assistant
Judy Gurule, Program Assistant
Chantel Barton, Sr. Fiscal Assistant
Anissa Nuanez, Program Support

Phone: (575) 646 0314 (Albuquerque) / (575) 646-4304 (Las Cruces)
Email: nmedge@nmsu.edu

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NM EDGE, a service of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, is a program designed to provide a comprehensive course of study to administrators, managers, elected officials, and staff in local, state, tribal, and national government, through which participants can acquire and apply the best practices and theory to their management behaviors and strategies using the highest professional standards.

News From the NM EDGE


Ongoing Purchasing Class Opportunities

February enrollment is now open. Classes will be held Feb. 2-5, 2016 in ABQ at the NMSU AABQ Center. December enrollment is closed as classes are full. Classes are being offered in Albuquerque, NM at the NMSU Albuquerque Center located at 4501 Indian School Road, NE. Classes fill quickly so please don't delay, enroll today! See details below.

Dear Chief Procurement Officer and Public Purchasing Staff, The NM EDGE is pleased to announce that the Public Purchasing Foundation Classes & Culminating Test program will be offered quarterly in Albuquerque! This is your most direct route to the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) designation certified through NM State Purchasing.

In addition, all other classes in our NM Public Purchasing Professional Certification will be offered early Spring of 2016 for anyone that wants to continue towards their NMPPP certification through NM EDGE.

Both of these programs (described below) will provide a means to CPO designation through State Purchasing. Our classes are 3 hours, delivered face-to-face, and require a passing grade of 6 or better out of 10 on the post test for each class.

Foundation Classes +Test Delivery Schedule

  • NM EDGE Public Purchasing Foundation Classes & Culminating Test= 6 classes + test (test counts as 1 class)
  • This mini-curriculum provides the basics of New Mexico procurement and interaction with seasoned professional.
  • Successful completion of these 6 classes apply towards the full certification should you decide to continue.
  • Your test score (minimum 70% correct) determines if you receive a certificate of test completion. Your Certification Certificate from State Purchasing = CPO (Chief Procurement Officer).
  • NM Public Purchasing Professional You can take the first 6 classes in the NMPPP through the Foundation Classes, as these overlap. By the way, if you are pursuing your NMPPP, you won't need to take the test if you plan to complete the whole certification unless you want to). All additional classes required for the NMPPP will be offered in the early spring. If you are interested, please send me an email and I will forward the schedule to you when it is ready for distribution.

  • NM EDGE full certification as a NM Public Purchasing Professional= 25 classes + mini portfolio.
  • This full curriculum provides extensive information about NM Procurement and interaction with seasoned professionals.
  • Your Certification Certificate from State Purchasing = CPO (Chief Procurement Officer)
  • Enrollment Information You may learn more about our professional development program, in general, at our [NM EDGE] (http://www.nmedge.nmsu.edu) website . If you are planning to take our classes you will need to create your NM EDGE new student account through our website at NM EDGE website. There you will find tip sheets with information and instructions for enrolling in our program and enrolling in classes.

    Cost of Program Some of you are wondering about the cost of our program. There is a one-time enrollment fee of $50 per student. Classes cost $75 each but there is a sliding scale depending on the number of class units purchased at one-time. If you purchase the 7 class units at one time the cost is reduced to $70 each. If more than one person from your office is planning to attend, you might consider creating a group account with us so that you may bundle both purchases and receive an even greater discount. At 25 class units the cost per class is $50. You can see the sliding scale on our at our NM EDGE website. There you will find tip sheets and other information on creating an invoice.

    What is the bottom line? If you take the classes through us, as an individual and purchase your enrollment fee and the 7 class units at once, the total will be $540. If you are able to bundle with other folks and can get the lowest class fee of $50, the total per person is $400, this is through a group account. You can set up a group account with us by contacting Elia Galindo at elgalind@nmsu.edu.

    Our classes are taught face to face by experts in the field, that have worked in New Mexico procurement for years and therefore you will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and activities with the instructor and other colleagues in the room. Much of our instruction is New Mexico specific and you will receive really good templates and resources. Also, you will receive access to our instructors outside the classroom should you wish to seek their counsel. We have heard from other students that the classroom interaction and follow-up access to the instructor have been highly beneficial.

    Thanks again. Please let us know if we may assist you or provide further information. My cell number is 505 660 7816 and I invite you to contact me directly.

    Sincerely, Mary D. & Your NM EDGE Team

    Mary C. DeLorenzo, CMP | Program Director The NM EDGE Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector | NMSU Cooperative Extension Service O 505.424.0744 | C 505.660.7816 marydelo@nmsu.edu |NM EDGE