President's Report - April 2015

Apr 01, 2015

Open Registration for Summer Term Is Under Way

Open registration for new and returning students began on April 13 for the Summer Term. Classes fill fast, so register now! You can check out the Schedule of Classes at The Summer Term begins May 26.

First Cohort of Entrepreneurs Graduate from IGNITE Community Accelerator

The first cohort of entrepreneurs from the IGNITE Community Accelerator at the CNM STEMulus Center celebrated the conclusion of an intensive, 12-week program by pitching their companies and demonstrating their products on April 10 at CNM’s Main Campus. The IGNITE Community Accelerator is an entrepreneurial accelerator that helps fledgling businesses grow up fast. Owners of the participating 10 early-stage companies met every Friday for the previous 12 weeks and were immersed in a vigorous “boot camp” environment filled with curriculum on how to develop prototypes and business models, when to start hiring, customer validation, building company infrastructure, marketing and financial literacy. “This was an intense program, and the participating companies rose to the challenge,” said Yasine Armstong, director of STEMulus Center Initiatives. “The companies were pushed to the next level.” To be selected for the IGNITE program, applicant companies had to be less than three years old and demonstrate potential economic impact on New Mexico. The companies that participated in the first cohort were:

  • HeartProTech Medical Jewelry, Aaron T. Cowan
    HeartProTech designs stylish, custom medical jewelry that holds medicine and gives smart, wireless alerts to first responders both electronically and in printed form.
  • As Girls Grow, Akamee Baca Malta
    As Girls Grow has designed a line of toys that use engineering concepts to encourage girls to be creative thinkers and problem solvers.
  • Daisy Chain, Gary Xie
    Daisy Chain develops innovative technologies for connecting and charging up to three USB devices to a single USB port.
  • Andrew Fernside Design, Andrew Fernside
    Andrew Fernside Design is fine design for interiors with a focus on “Beauty made sustainably, and sustainability done beautifully.”
  • Valley Gurlz Goodz, Angie Rodriguez and Maria Gamboa
    Valley Gurlz Goodz specializes in a variety of pickled products that contribute to healthy living.
  • Makerkind, Andres Lazo and Greg Provo
    Makerkind is designing and developing a mobile 3-D scanning kiosk to bridge the consumer knowledge gap and further the 3-D technology industry.
  • BeGreaterThanAverage, Shelly Gruenig
    BeGreaterThanAverage strives to challenge young people to be greater than average through robot building camps and STEM and Life Achievement Planning workshops.
  • A Nice Move, Brenda Mills
    A Nice Move is a new moving company based in Albuquerque.
  • Buckledown, John Ayala
    Buckledown is a pneumatic, rapid sidewalk buckle repair apparatus and system.
  • This is Garbage, Virginia Sterpka
    This is Garbage is a clothing and handbag company that specializes in convertible bike bags and making everything locally from recycled materials.

College & Career High School Accepting Applications for 2015-16

The College & Career High School, a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and CNM, allows high school students to take CNM dual credit classes for half of their day and APS classes the other half. CNM tuition and textbooks are free to the students and their families. The CCHS is located on CNM’s Main Campus. If you or somebody you know has high school kids who might be interested in CCHS, visit for applications and more information.

Tax Help New Mexico at Your Service Through April 15

CNM’s Tax Help New Mexico program provides free tax preparation service for people whose household income was $53,000 or less in 2014 or those who are age 65 or older. Sites are open through the tax filing deadline across the state. Tax Help volunteers are certified by the IRS and are trained to help taxpayers identify tax credits they're entitled to. Tax Help is operated by CNM and United Way of Central New Mexico. Visit for locations and hours, and documents to bring to a site.

Students from Around State Converge at CNM for State SkillsUSA Championships

More than 625 high school and college students from across the state converged on CNM campuses April 10 to put their skills to the test in the 2015 SkillsUSA State Championships. About 70 of the competitors were CNM students. There were 66 contests with 50 of them skilled trades and technical fields such as automotive repair, carpentry, masonry, culinary arts, welding, videography, photography, cosmetology and architectural/technical drafting. Sixteen are leadership contests, including job interview, prepared speech, extemporaneous speaking and job skill demonstration.

Gold medal winners in each event advance to the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, KY, June 22-27, which is the largest showcase of career technical education students in the country. At the national championships, more than 6,000 outstanding CTE students ––all state contest winners –– will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. CNM students have fared very well at the national competition, bringing home medals annually.

Donations Continue

CNM’s grateful for recent donations to the CNM Foundation from these donors:

  • Albuquerque Breakfast Civitan Club
  • Paul and Connie Cassidy
  • Adam Henrie
  • McCune Charitable Foundation
  • Middle Rio Grande Chapter New Mexico Professional Surveyors
  • A.P. Mitchell
  • New Mexico Professional Surveyors Southern Rio Grande Chapter
  • Herbert and Rita Pitts
  • Marilyn Toler
  • Twentieth Century Fox Corporation
  • United Way of Central New Mexico


Thanks for Your Support of CNM!
Kathie W. Winograd
CNM President