President's Report - July 2017

Jul 01, 2017

Registration Open for Fall Term

Get empowered with a CNM education. Registration is open for the Fall Term, which begins Aug. 28. Beat the rush and get the classes you want, when and where you want them. Visit to map out your courses.

Ingenuity Software Labs Now Independent Business; CNM Ingenuity Is Lead Investor

CNM Ingenuity, Inc., has announced that Ingenuity Software Labs, which CNM Ingenuity launched in 2015, will become an independent commercial business beginning July 1. ISL will be a software development firm leveraging Albuquerque’s tech talent to create high-paying jobs and help grow Albuquerque’s economy. John Mierzwa, founder of CNM Ingenuity’s Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps, will be the chief executive officer and president of ISL. Lisa J. Adkins, chief operating officer of FatPipe ABQ and The BioScience Center, will be the chief operating officer of ISL.

ISL services will include custom software and mobile app development, web design and development, and strategic consultation. The ISL team has extensive expertise with Microsoft applications, open source technologies, business process automation software, and business analytics. ISL was started by CNM Ingenuity in 2015 to provide paid work experiences for Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp graduates. To date, ISL has built about 15 revenue-generating projects, which has provided paid work experience for 20-plus graduates. CNM Ingenuity, the enterprise arm of CNM and a 501(c)3 non-profit, is the lead investor in ISL, which will be run as a public-private entity. Nick Truyol, founder and CEO of Sabio Systems, an Albuquerque staffing and recruiting agency, is also an investor. For more info about ISL, visit

Five CNM Students Win Medals at National SkillsUSA Championships

Five CNM students earned medals at this year’s National SkillsUSA Championships held in late June in Louisville, Ky., where 6,000 Career Technical Education (CTE) students from around the country put their skills to the test. It’s the largest showcase event in the country for CTE students, who also get the chance to network with hundreds of industry representatives and employers. Taking home silver medals for the Welding Fabrication Team competition were Patrick Benavidez, Greyson Tagg and Joseph Rivera. Individual bronze medals went to Nathan Mendoza for Aviation Maintenance Technology and to Stephen Wiest for Welding Technology. CNM has a long tradition of excelling at the national SkillsUSA Championships with medal-winning student performances. Not only do students receive top-notch instruction at CNM, but the college’s tuition rates for CTE programs are among the lowest in the country. SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves CTE programs in public high schools, career and technical centers, and two- and four-year colleges.

Fourth, Fifth Graders Get to Run ‘AmeriTowne’ at Free Summer Camp July 24-28

“AmeriTowne on the Road” is a unique hands-on lesson in free enterprise that introduces 4th and 5th grade students to the basic principles of our economic system. At the program’s final event, students work in business teams to run their own town of nine shops for a day. Students learn about enterprise literacy, civics, community engagement, workforce development and more. The camp is free, but space is limited. Go to to register and for more info.

Students Assist Small Businesses Through Digital Media Lab at Rio Rancho Campus

Two CNM digital media students from classes taught by José Velez recently created a logo for the Jemez-based business, Pueblo Adobe, in the newly-established Sandoval County Digital Media Lab at CNM’s Rio Rancho Campus. The students, Alena Crandell and Gregory Gargano, designed the logo as a class project using Illustrator and Photoshop software available in the Digital Media Lab, as well as the skills they learned in Velez’s courses. Pueblo Adobe owners contacted CNM about creating a logo for their business after they learned about the Digital Media Lab. The CNM students’ creative work is available to local, newly-established businesses operating in Sandoval County. CNM and Sandoval County’s Office of Business Development partnered in February to establish the Digital Media Lab at CNM’s Rio Rancho Campus. The lab serves as a training/internship site for high school and college students who work with small businesses or community organizations to create websites, mobile software, logos, videos and more. For more info, email

Learn About Fast Track Programs in Business, Office Tech, Computer Support July 10

CNM will hold an information session on its Fast Track associate degree programs in Business Administration, Office Technology and Computer Support Specialist that students can complete in just 15 months. The info session will take place on July 10 at the Workforce Training Center at 5:30 p.m. in Room 116. The programs are designed with working professionals in mind with classes scheduled in the evenings and online. For more info, visit

CNM Conducts Drone Workshops for Mapping Professionals

Thirty members of New Mexico’s surveying and mapping community attended CNM-sponsored workshops last month on the operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones, and the use of onboard cameras to obtain mapping data and produce digital terrain models. Attendees included the New Mexico State Highway Department, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, land surveyors, engineers and aerial photographers. CNM offers a one-credit online course to prepare for the FAA Part 107 exam in order to receive a sUAS Airman Certificate and a three-credit introduction to UAS course. Both will be offered this fall and are found in the GIS section of the CNM Course Catalog. CNM will launch a sUAS certificate program in fall 2018.


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

  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Bruce and Maggie Barr
  • First National Rio Grande
  • Michael and Karen Glennon
  • Melissa Gonzales and Arturo Espino
  • Natasha Martell Jackson and Prentiss Jackson
  • Dr. Janice E. Micali
  • New Hope Windward
  • Toby and Elisa Simon
  • Lynn and Craig Trojahn
  • Wagner Equipment
  • Kirk Meyer and Kristy Ott-Meyer


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