CNM Stepping Up for the Community with Historic Fundraising Campaign

July 26, 2017 -- CNM launched the public phase of its Step Up Fundraising Campaign on Wednesday, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in CNM’s history.

Jul 26, 2017

CNM Stepping Up for the Community with Historic Fundraising Campaign

It’s also believed to be the largest fundraising campaign in the country for a community college, notwithstanding capital campaigns that seek to fund the construction of buildings. CNM’s Step Up Campaign, which is a combined campaign for CNM, the CNM Foundation and CNM Ingenuity, is seeking to raise $20 million by 2020 to support initiatives focused on graduating more students, improving the quality of the workforce and generating economic development.

“We’ve taken on the fundraising goal of $20 million by 2020 to boost CNM’s ability to do even more for our students, community and economy,” CNM President Katharine Winograd said. “CNM will be using the funds raised to support strategic initiatives that will help us increase CNM’s positive impacts on our community and workforce. We hope that our community will support us in this important cause.”

CNM has been in a silent phase of the campaign for the past year and has already raised $10.8 million toward the $20 million goal. Some of the initiatives that the Step Up Campaign funds will support include:

Graduation: CNM, which ranked No. 1 in the nation for associate degrees and certificates awarded to Hispanics and Native Americans and No. 2 overall in the 2014-15 academic year, is on track to award 11,000 associate degrees and certificates this year. Through additional funding of scholarships and student support programs, CNM is aiming for 15,000 associate degrees and certificates awarded each year through 2020.

Student Work Experience: CNM is going to help improve the quality of the future workforce by providing 100 percent of CNM students with work experience prior to graduating.

Business Incubations: CNM, which is currently incubating six businesses, is aiming to significantly increase business incubations to spur economic development.

Job Creation: CNM plans to boost the local economy by helping businesses and industries create 500 new jobs in New Mexico by 2020.

Job Placement: CNM is committing to having 90 percent of CNM graduates gain employment in their field of study, which will benefit the graduates and the economy.

FUSE Makerspace: CNM is seeking to grow the capabilities of the FUSE Makerspace, which will move to Innovate ABQ in August.

Increase Military Veteran Student Graduations: CNM has more military veteran students than any other higher education institution in New Mexico. Last year, 840 military veterans graduated from CNM. CNM is aiming to help 1,000 veterans graduate each year through 2020. 

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