President's Report - February 2015

Feb 01, 2015

CNM Celebrating 50th Anniversary in 2015

Central New Mexico Community College has come a long way since opening as Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute in 1965, when 150 students took advantage of the technical vocational school’s first classes. In fall 2014, more than 26,700 students were attending CNM, the state’s leading community college. Throughout 2015, CNM is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and its decades-long commitment to the central New Mexico community. While much has changed at CNM over the past five decades, the core purpose of the institution has remained the same – providing affordable higher education to the community while responding to the workforce needs of the region’s economy with high-quality educational programs. Keep an eye out for more information about 50th Anniversary celebrations.

CNM Alum Unveils Painting to Represent CNM’s 50th Anniversary

A painting of a CNM student dressed in the signature blue graduation cap and gown, proudly waving a diploma in the air surrounded by sunlight, was unveiled Friday night as the art image that will represent the college’s 50th Anniversary. The artist is Fabian Pedroza, an alumni who graduated from CNM in 2012 with an associate degree in fine art with a concentration in studio art. He was commissioned to paint the liquid acrylic and water color painting – he was selected from 50 applicants. The Foundation announced last year that it was seeking to commission an artistic image that would convey the essence of the community college’s tremendously positive impact on central New Mexico through the past five decades. The artwork was required to be two-dimensional so that it could be reproduced as limited-edition serigraphs, which will be given to Foundation donors, and posters, which will be sold to the public for $10 each. For more info, contact the Foundation at 224-4685.

Tax Help New Mexico at Your Service

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.

CNM Going for Green Greatness in National RecycleMania Tourney

For the second year in a row, CNM has entered the RecycleMania Tournament alongside more than 390 colleges and universities from across the U.S. and Canada. The competition has begun with students and employees scoring points for the college, and more importantly the planet, by maximizing the amount of recyclable waste that gets dropped into recycle bins. “RecycleMania is a competition, but it’s also an opportunity to create awareness about recycling, conservation and other waste-reduction strategies,” said Carson Bennett, CNM’s Campus as a Living Lab Faculty Liaison. The winning colleges will receive trophies made of recycled materials and bragging rights as national recycling champions. During the 2014 competition, CNM placed 25th out of 256 schools, recycling 51 percent of total waste.

Ten Businesses Selected to Participate in First IGNITE Community Accelerator

The owners of 10 fledgling businesses have been selected for the first IGNITE Community Accelerator at the CNM STEMulus Center. The Accelerator is an intensive, 12-week program designed to lift businesses to greater heights while generating momentum for the region’s entrepreneurial and economic development efforts. The first day of the program began on Jan. 23. The Accelerator is providing each business owner with business services and support valued at more than $15,000, which includes personal business coaching and mentoring by a successful entrepreneur in a similar field. The businesses and their owners selected for the IGNITE Community Accelerator through a competitive process 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
    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.

Donations Continue

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

  • Dave and Maureen Anderson
  • Bradbury Stamm Construction, Inc.
  • John T. Chavez and Mary Torres
  • Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • Erica Volkers
  • Peter and Kathie Winograd


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