President's Report - July 2014

Jul 01, 2014

CNM Partnering with Intel on STEMulus Center

CNM and Intel Corporation recently announced that the two organizations will partner on CNM’s new STEMulus Center that is scheduled to open in fall 2014. Intel will be a Strategic Lead Technology Partner and sponsor of what Intel is calling “one of the most exciting innovations unfolding in education in New Mexico.” As a key partner and sponsor, Intel will contribute funding, technology, equipment and technical support for the STEMulus Center, as well as numerous Intel programs such as “Sparkfun Teacher Training,” a two-day, hands-on training session for teachers on the basics of coding and curriculum development with Intel’s Galileo development boards. The STEMulus Center will be located in Downtown Albuquerque, where it will provide a bold new educational approach to developing the workforce of tomorrow in a strategic location intended to add synergy to the City’s Innovation Central efforts. The STEMulus Center will provide accelerated educational opportunities; wrap-around support for aspiring entrepreneurs; and it will offer a “maker space” where state-of-the-art technology and labs can be accessed by the public to develop prototypes for business ventures.

New 9-Week Computer Coding Bootcamp Leads to Quality Jobs in Hot Field

CNM is preparing to launch its first offering at the CNM STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque, and the inaugural program will provide students with the computer coding skills that are coveted by organizations in central New Mexico and around the country, in just nine weeks. The 9-week bootcamp, called "Deep Dive Coding," will be the first of its kind to be available at a public institution of higher education. The first bootcamp begins Aug. 11. CNM is accepting applicants now for the program, a well-tested, proven and accelerated bootcamp that prepares students for high-tech web development, software development and computer programming jobs that are in high demand in Albuquerque and across the country. This field was ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for current and future job prospects – and the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that before the year 2022, nearly 140,000 new positions in this field will be created.

At the STEMulus Center, students will attend the bootcamp 40 hours per week for nine weeks, graduating at the end of the nine weeks with the skills that make them coveted by companies near and far. For more information, go to

CNM Students Excel at National SkillsUSA Championships

Three CNM students earned medals and eight more finished in the top 10 of their categories at the National SkillsUSA Championships recently held in Kansas City, Mo. More than 6,000 career technical education students competed in 99 different fields and were judged by industry professionals. The CNM medalists included Lesia Luviano in Welding Sculpture (silver medal), Vernon Pajarito in Culinary Arts (bronze) and John Denistran in Sheet Metal (bronze). Top 10 finishers from CNM also included: Edgar Coyle (5th, Cabinet Making); Jarrod Watson (6th, Customer Service); Allen Arellano (6th, Welding); Chris Lucero (7th, Plumbing); April Vezie (7th, Job Skill Demonstration Open); Karen Rivera (9th, Extemporaneous Speaking); Seth Smith (9th, Architectural Drafting); Tim VanName (9th, Job Skill Demonstration A). Congratulations to all the SkillsUSA students!

Registration for Fall Term Begins

Fall Term registration for continuing students begins on July 7 and open registration begins on July 21. Check out the 2014 Fall Term Schedule of Classes at and map out your courses for the Fall Term now. The Fall Term begins on Aug. 25.

CNM, APS Partner to Offer Career Technical Education Summer Camp for Kids

CNM and Albuquerque Public Schools recently partnered to offer an afternoon Career Technical Education Summer Camp for 100 kids in sixth through eighth grades who are participating in Van Buren Middle School's Summer Program. The first session of the free camp was held June 17 and 19, and another will be held July 8 and 10 at CNM’s Main Campus. “The camp will provide an excellent opportunity for middle school students to apply math concepts learned from their morning lessons to hands-on activities and projects completed in CNM’s labs and classrooms,” said Lisa Chakos Knapp, CNM’s Career Technical Education outreach manager. All students participate in four learning modules – Welding, Surveying, Electricity & Plumbing, and Carpentry – led by CNM faculty. For more information about the camps, call 224-3327.

Scholarship Being Established in Honor of First CNM Foundation Leader

Cleta Honeyman Downey, the first executive director of the CNM Foundation who served in the position from 1992 to 2002, passed away in April. During her time as executive director, she helped establish the structure of the Foundation and forged relationships to create 24 endowments, a lasting legacy that has helped thousands of students at CNM. Friends and family are working to establish the Cleta Downey Memorial Scholarship Endowment to benefit CNM students. For more information about the scholarship or to donate, call the Foundation at 224-4685.

John Lewinger Named President of CNM Foundation Board

John Lewinger, founder of Colliers International/New Mexico (formerly Grubb & Ellis), has been named president of the Central New Mexico Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

Donations Continue

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

  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Frederick Bermudez
  • Terri Cole
  • Intel Corporation
  • David Johnson
  • David Kleinfeld
  • William C. Marchiondo
  • Yashoda Naidoo and David Montgomery
  • New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union
  • PNM
  • Marilyn Toler
  • Salvador E. Vigil
  • Wagner Equipment
  • Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico, NA


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