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City and CNM Reinvigorate Railyards

Partnership provides a pathway to careers in the Albuquerque film industry

September 13, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE – The City of Albuquerque and Central New Mexico Community College announced today a partnership that will help pave the way for community members and CNM students to access exciting careers in the film industry. Beginning this fall, CNM will hold a series of film and digital media courses in the Flue Shop at the historic Albuquerque Railyards.

“Investing in students is an investment in our future economy” said Mayor Tim Keller. Partnerships like this ensure we have a highly trained workforce to meet the demands of the continually growing film industry in our city and state.”

Initial course offerings will include:

  • Digital Media Bootcamp
  • Film Production Assistant Bootcamp

This partnership also allows CNM’s Film Technician students the opportunity to use the Railyards this fall for student productions. Additionally, students from CNM’s Geographic Information Systems program will begin a project to produce 3-D maps of building interiors at the Railyards.

Students interested in CNM’s film programs can find more information at and

“For more than 20 years, CNM has been supporting the growing workforce needs of the film industry in New Mexico,” said CNM President Tracy Hartzler. “And this partnership will help us continue providing the skilled workforce the New Mexico film industry needs to grow and thrive in the years ahead. We’re excited to bring some of our programming to the Railyards while continuing to connect our students to quality career opportunities in this growing field.”

This fall, CNM will also hold various functions related to film and digital media programs at the Railyards, including alumni networking events and advisory committee meetings..

This partnership with CNM marks the beginning of the first regularly scheduled activities at the Railyards, with plans to expand course offerings in the future. To learn more about the Railyards visit