President's Report - February 2019

Feb 01, 2019

ABQid Accelerator Joining Forces with CNM Ingenuity

The popular ABQid business accelerator has merged into CNM Ingenuity, the 501(c)3 enterprise arm of Central New Mexico Community College. ABQid’s programming, investments and assets are now under the umbrella of CNM Ingenuity, which operates a variety of programs to support entrepreneurship and economic development in central New Mexico. ABQid was founded in 2014 with backing by the City of Albuquerque. Its programs have trained over 2,000 aspiring entrepreneurs, and its investment fund has provided capital to 31 New Mexico startups. In 2017, it was awarded matching funds of up to $2 million by the New Mexico Catalyst Fund, which is part of the State Investment Council’s efforts to support the growth of innovative startups around the state. ABQid’s Catalyst funding will transfer to CNM Ingenuity, which aims to leverage its resources to increase ABQid’s impact on business creation and economic development. ABQid’s multi-year agreement with New Mexico Tech in support of the Air Force Research Lab will also transfer to CNM Ingenuity. ABQid will maintain its name, and its three staff members will move under CNM Ingenuity Executive Director T.J. Cook, Director of Business Development Harold Lavender, and Program Manager Hanes Motsinger.

CNM, ABQ Plan to Bring Film Production Center of Excellence to Rail Yards

 Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and CNM President Kathie Winograd recently announced plans to establish a CNM Film Production Center of Excellence at the historic Rail Yards location in downtown Albuquerque, which would support efforts to revitalize the downtown economy while ramping up CNM’s Film Technician programs to meet the workforce needs of New Mexico’s flourishing film industry. CNM would be the City’s first tenant at the Rail Yards after a 20-year effort to redevelop the location. The new partnership comes on the heels of Netflix’s momentous announcement in October 2018 to locate its primary film and TV production hub at Albuquerque Studios, which will greatly increase demand for well-trained “below-the-line” film production employees in areas like camera operation, post-production editing, grip, construction for film and more. The City is beginning a comprehensive process to evaluate infrastructure needs at the spacious site to accommodate a CNM Film Production Center of Excellence. CNM is the largest producer of below-the-line professionals for the state’s film industry.

CNM, APS Team Up to Better Prepare Special Ed Teachers

CNM is offering a more supported pathway to help increase the number of much-needed special education teachers in Albuquerque Public Schools. The Special Education Teacher Training (SETT) program is a collaboration between APS, CNM and the Albuquerque Teacher’s Federation to provide an alternative teacher licensure pathway to attract and retain high-quality special education teachers. The 15-month SETT program provides students who are preparing to become special education teachers the opportunity to co-teach with an experienced teacher during their first semester of teaching while taking coursework for their special ed licensure. Teacher candidates in SETT will co-teach in the fall semester while earning a first-year teaching salary and benefits. After co-teaching in the fall, teacher candidates will teach in their own classroom with continued mentorship, coaching and support during the first two years of teaching. For more info, visit

Family Financial Literacy Course Embraces Working Parents, Kids

There is an innovative new course being offered at CNM’s Montoya Campus through the School of Business & Information Technology that aims to educate parents and their children at the same time on financial literacy. It’s part of CNM’s strategic efforts to deliver multi-generational education opportunities to families, especially to underserved populations. CNM was awarded a grant funded by the The Aspen Institute’s Ascend program that is being used to advance a multigenerational approach to basic financial education in combination with homework support for children. As part of the financial literacy class, the students who are parents can bring their children with them to Montoya Campus and they will be served a free dinner before each class. While students are in class, their children will receive outstanding tutoring and homework help from trained CNM tutors and students majoring in Teacher Education. When class is over, both the parents and their children will be assigned homework related to financial literacy to complete together. The course also offers a pathway for working parents to take the first step toward a CNM associate degree or certificate to improve their family’s prospects for the future.


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

  • Century Sign Builders
  • Clifton Larson Allen
  • Delta Dental of New Mexico
  • Mr. and Mrs. Toby Simon
  • Dr. Loretta A. Montoya and Mr. Karl Romero
  • Facility Manager Association of New Mexico
  • Gemini Rosemont Realty Commercial Real Estate
  • George Ortiz and Fred C. Arfman
  • Hanna Plumbing & Heating
  • Jaynes Corporation
  • Llano Estacado Chapter NMPS
  • Lovelace Health System
  • Merrill Lynch, The Humphrey Group
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Ryerson
  • Mr. and Mrs. James Hinton
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Farr
  • Mr. and Mrs. Shad James
  • Mr. James O’Neill
  • Mr. Lewis A. Suber
  • Mrs. Annette Chavez y De La Cruz and Commissioner Art De La Cruz
  • Mrs. Kyla Thompson and Mr. Roger W. Thompson
  • Ms. Virginia M. Trujillo
  • New Mexico Gas Company
  • New Mexico Professional Surveyors Southern Rio Grande Chapter
  • Peter and Ann Ziegler

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