President's Report - July 2018

Jul 01, 2018

CNM Ingenuity Offering First Micro-Manufacturing Accelerator at Fuse Makerspace

CNM Ingenuity, Inc., the Albuquerque Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) are partnering to offer the first micro-manufacturing business accelerator, focusing on small-scale production, crafters and those businesses looking to grow their production. This version of the 10-week IGNITE Community Accelerator, called “IGNITE the FUSE,” will be held at FUSE Makerspace at Innovate ABQ, beginning Aug. 24. Applications are now being accepted for the Accelerator, an entrepreneurial program that helps fledgling businesses grow up fast. The immersive program is designed to lift small production businesses to greater heights while generating momentum for the region’s entrepreneurial and economic development efforts. The selected companies will get to take advantage of services that include: up to 30 hours of one-on-one business coaching through SCORE and SBDC; 10 hours of business workshops; 30 hours of intense business training; access to co-working space at the Workforce Training Center; access to the FUSE Makerspace to help with prototype development if needed; support in developing a 100-day tactical plan for the business after the Accelerator is over; and additional coaching after the program to help implement the 100-day tactical plan. For more info, visit 

Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp Info Session Set for July 11

CNM Ingenuity offers four different bootcamps for students and community members: Fullstack Web, Microsoft .Net, Java+Android+Salesforce, and the new Digital Media Bootcamp. These immersive 10- or 12-week programs are designed to help participants find a rewarding and good-paying technology job, quickly. Nearly 300 students have graduated from Deep Dive Coding since it began five years ago. Almost 50 percent of students have achieved their desired career outcome within 30 days of graduation, and 91 percent have achieved their desired career outcome in less than six months. The graduates’ average starting salary in the Albuquerque area is $47,000. The bootcamps also attract entrepreneurs. Deep Dive Coding grads have gone on to start 24 new companies. The Info Session will take place July 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the CNM STEMulus Center at 20 First Plaza NW in the Galleria Building in downtown Albuquerque. For more info, go to

Five-week Program Allows Aspiring Truck Drivers to Get on Road to Good Job Fast

CNM Ingenuity is now offering Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) programs through the new “Albuquerque CDL,” which provides accelerated options and customizable trainings for Class A, B, C, and Passenger certifications to help aspiring truck drivers get on the road with a good job quickly. While providing fast access to good-paying jobs, the ABQ CDL program was also created to fill a growing workforce need in New Mexico. By 2026, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that 108,400 truck driving jobs will be added to the current number of truck drivers nationwide. The 2017 median income for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $42,500 per year, according to U.S. Department of Labor. HireMaster, a national website connecting truck drivers with trucking companies, cites 979 trucking jobs currently available in New Mexico. Learn more at or call (505)224-4CDL.

CNM Launches New Social Justice Program

Social justice refers to a field of study, but also a way to create change in society. CNM has long offered classes with a social justice focus including African American and Women’s Studies, Gender Communication, Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, and classes with an environmental focus. But starting in the fall, all those classes will be under one umbrella and students can receive a Social Justice Certificate. “We’re trying to give more structure to something that is already here, and we’re trying to make this area of study more visible,” says Liz Bennett, a Sociology instructor at CNM and one of several faculty members who helped organize the new certificate. Students who graduate with the Social Justice Certificate will be qualified for a number of different career paths, such as in media, non-profits, and community organizations. The credits can also be transferred to the University of New Mexico’s bachelor’s degree program in Peace Studies. The classes and the certificate are also valuable for anyone who wants to think critically about organizational dynamics. For more info, email

CNM to Offer Bilingual Customer Service Representative Certificate

Starting this Fall, CNM will offer a two-term, dual-certificate program that aims to help non-native speakers of English become successful bilingual call center representatives. The program will focus on essential writing, business professionalism, and telephone skills. Participants will simultaneously earn their ESOL (English as a Second Language) Certificate. For more information, contact Ana Patino-Guillen at (505) 224-3938 or Those interested can also attend one of the following information sessions: July 25, CNM Main Campus, Smith Brasher Hall, Room 102, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; or August 10, South Valley Campus, 5816 Isleta Boulevard, SVI 112, 12-1 p.m.


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

  • Admiral Beverage Company
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of the West
  • Annette Chavez y DeLaCruz and Art DeLaCruz
  • Colliers International
  • Consulado de Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Ltd.
  • First National 1870
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Leonard
  • Los Alamos National Bank
  • Renee Makvandi
  • Kirk Meyer and Kristy Ott-Meyer
  • Nusenda Credit Union
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Ryerson
  • Patience and Skip Skarsgard
  • Kyla and Roger Thompson
  • Wells Fargo Bank New Mexico, NA
  • Nora Yelton

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