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CNM Welcomes NACA Community to Its New Home on Main Campus

The NACA community held an indigenous ceremonial blessing at the new Education Collaborative Building on the first day of school for NACA’s high school students.
CNM Welcomes NACA Community to Its New Home on Main Campus
Dozens of CNM and NACA community members gathered to welcome students and staff to the new EC Building.

Aug 19, 2019

CNM recently welcomed the Native American Community Academy (NACA) and its high school students to their new home – the new Education Collaborative Building (EC) on Main Campus. NACA held a public blessing ceremony at the building before the first day of classes commenced on Monday for NACA, an Albuquerque Public Schools charter school. The ceremony began with remarks from both CNM and NACA leadership, followed by the traditional blessing ceremony.

The Education Collaborative Building began construction 18 months ago. In addition to NACA, the building will also soon become the new home for the College & Career High School, a dual credit high school launched by CNM and Albuquerque Public Schools in 2013, and CNM’s Teacher Education and Early Childhood Multicultural Education programs.

The first day of classes for CCHS is Aug. 27 and CNM students will begin on Sept. 3.

This innovative CNM-APS partnership and the 80,000-square-foot, joint-use facility, mark an encouraging milestone for the future of education in Albuquerque and New Mexico.

Here’s a look inside the public blessing of the facility by NACA, which ushered in the first day of NACA classes.

NACA community members sing a traditional indigenous peoples song as part of the blessing ceremony.
NACA community members sing a traditional indigenous peoples song as part of the blessing ceremony.

CNM President, Kathy Winograd, gave an emotion-filled speech at the beginning of the ceremony. President Winograd announced her retirement back in April.
CNM President, Kathy Winograd, gave an emotion-filled speech at the beginning of the ceremony. President Winograd announced her retirement back in April.

This NACA alum stands at the top of the new EC Building which overlooks downtown Albuquerque.
This NACA alum stands at the top of the new EC Building which overlooks downtown Albuquerque.

The NACA community and experience helps students incorporate wellness and healthy life practices, community service and an appreciation of cultural diversity into their lives.
The NACA community and experience helps students incorporate wellness and healthy life practices, community service and an appreciation of cultural diversity into their lives.

NACA students and their families received a private tour of the new EC Building on Main Campus.
NACA students and their families received a private tour of the new EC Building on Main Campus.

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