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Female Students Pursuing Degrees in Traditionally Male-dominated Fields Honored

April 9, 2015 --The CNM Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges celebrated outstanding female students pursuing degrees in fields typically dominated by males at the fifth annual Women in Nontraditional (WIN) Careers Awards on April 2.
Female Students Pursuing Degrees in Traditionally Male-dominated Fields Honored

Jul 17, 2015

The awards included:

  • WIN Outstanding Student – Audeen Bashista, Aviation Maintenance
  • WIN Student of Promise – Diana Perales, CCHS Student, Biotechnology, Chemistry and Biology
  •  WIN Student Community Leader/Advocate – Daune Click, Electronic Engineering Technology
  • WIN Future Leader – Hilary Crowe, Welding Technology
  • WIN Student of the Year – Arianna Fernandez, Geographic Information Technology
  • AAWCC Region VI Scholarship winner – Ana Watson, Chemistry
  • CNM Employee Advocate – Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh, School of Math, Science & Engineering Faculty

There were also 24 honorable mentions

Keynote speaker at the event was Lt. J. Claire McCarthy of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s

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Department. McCarthy shared how she got her start with the Sheriff’s Office. She had seen an ad in the newspaper that they were looking for new hires, and she joked with her husband about applying

"He said, 'Well, why don’t you apply?' I said, 'Well, why don’t I...' Me and about 1,100 other people went down to apply at the Sheriff’s Office," Lt. McCarthy said. "Dang it if I didn’t pass that entrance test.”

"There were 12 of us who were hired," she said. "And I thought, 'Shoot, now I’m really going to do this.' I’ve been fortunate and able to do a lot of things that many women don’t get to do in the department.”

Award presenters were Theresa Torres, president of the CNM Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, and Monika Monje, vice president.