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Comcast is Making Internet Access Possible for Low-income New Mexicans

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Having internet access in the home is essential for many important opportunities, including:

  • Job research and applications
  • Health care information
  • Online educational opportunities for both children and adults
  • Ease of comparing purchase prices and finding the best deals
  • Manage finances or research other things that would be a benefit

Low-income households often can’t afford internet access. So, many are left without access to the great resources they can find online.

Internet access for $9.95 a month

To combat the disparity for low-income New Mexicans, six years ago Comcast introduced their Internet Essentials Program (the information is also available in Spanish.) Since the program’s founding, Comcast New Mexico has connected more than 88,000 New Mexicans (in 22,000 households) for $9.95 a month plus tax, most for the first time.
New Mexicans can qualify for the program if they have at least one child who is eligible for the National School Lunch Program, or if they receive HUD housing assistance.
The program also includes an option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150 and access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.

Increased Internet Service Speed

This year, new and existing customers can enjoy increased speeds of up to 15/2 Mbps. This speed is adequate for three devices to stream an HD video at the same time.
Also, participants in the program will receive 40 hours of free WiFi access via Xfinity WiFi hotspots. A hotspot is a wireless connection available outside the home. So, users can take their laptops with them and find a hotspot for internet access. Also, instead of relying on cell data for mobile devices like phones, users can connect to a hotspot.
 
We’re proud to say that Comcast New Mexico is a partner and member of the NMTC. If you’re interested in becoming a member of NMTC, check out our member page.

2017-08-22T16:07:26+00:00August 22nd, 2017|

NMITAP is Turning the Tide of Technology Talent in New Mexico

Technology Training thru CNM NMITAP Program

Technology Training thru CNM NMITAP Program


 
Organizations and technology companies in New Mexico are focused on making a positive change to the level of available tech talent. One example of a coordinated effort in that change is the New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (NMITAP).

Developing Something New and Innovative

The NMITAP is run and maintained by CNM Ingenuity, Inc., a branch of the Central New Mexico Community College. The program was started after CNM received a 3 million dollar grant from the Department of Labor.
The NMITAP team has been working hard in its first year and a half with employer partners and the State Apprenticeship Office to create the training programs.
They’ve created the first Information Technology (IT) registered apprenticeship program in the state. In addition, most apprenticeships are run from a company or support organization. However, in this case, NMITAP has the resources of a community college behind them.

Offerings in the Program

NMITAP currently offers three different program tracks:

  • Customer User Support Specialist
  • Network Support Technician
  • Applications Developer

The team is working on the training and approval process for:

  • Cyber Security Support Technician
  • Medical Coder

Sue Buffington, Director of the NMITAP, says “There’s so much potential. We’re looking at sustaining this beyond the five-year grant. Plus, we’re looking at adding more tracks like advanced manufacturing, and health IT.”

Technology Training Process

The NMITAP team does most of the work. The process runs like this:

  1. The NMITAP recruits individuals to apply to the apprenticeship program. The program’s target market includes women, veterans, and the unemployed.
  2. The NMITAP recruits a business that’s interested in hiring apprentices.
  3. The business creates or has an open position for the apprentice, and pays them a wage.
  4. An apprentice starts at the business as a paid employee, receives on-the-job training, also receives program specific training in the form of free classes through NMITAP.

Companies can also talk with NMITAP about signing on current employees who could use training in the programs offered.

Working the System

How is it working so far? Melissa Huerta, HR Director at UnityBPO says, “We love it and it’s been really fruitful in fulfilling the job roles we needed.”
UnityBPO hired six apprentices through the program for Computer User Support Specialists. They use job shadowing and on-the-job-training to teach new employees. The most important thing they’ve found is that these apprentices must have the ability to problem solve and are interested in learning.

NMTC Added Value

Buffington says she really appreciates her connection with New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC). Initially, NMITAP contracted with NMTC last year to promote the program. The NMTC set up information sessions; utilized their contacts, talked to employers, and got some employer interest. The NMTC also helped recruit potential apprentices.
More recently, the NMITAP is partnering with the NMTC on marketing. The NMTC will promote them on social media in order to spread the word about the beneficial program. “They’ve been wonderful to work with,” says Buffington.
 
The NMITAP is looking for more companies to sign on. If you’re a company and you need workers with knowledge in the tracks that NMITAP offers, contact them at info@nmitap.org to see if this is a partnership for you.

2017-07-21T17:40:48+00:00July 21st, 2017|

Creating Opportunity with New Additive Manufacturing Peer Group (aka 3D Printing)

Additive Manufacturing Peer Group in New Mexico

Additive Manufacturing Peer Group in New Mexico


 
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, refers to the process of continually ‘adding’ materials (like plastics, metal, or glass) in layers to create a three-dimensional object. Whatever you prefer to call it, 3D printing continues to see a boom. This boom will continue as companies realize the cost savings and the flexibility to create a variety of parts and even complete systems. However, as it grows, so is the need to create oversight, education, policies, and research.
To answer that call, the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) has once again brought smart tech people together. It’s latest creation is a 3D Printing Peer Group. As President and CEO, Nyika Allen, says “NMTC is always listening to its membership for new events, programming, and feedback. Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) came to us with the idea for the 3D Printing group in New Mexico and we jumped at the chance!”
On June 22, more than twenty individuals attended the first meeting. Attendees included a k-12 teacher from APS, a representative of the City of Albuquerque’s Economic Development Department, inventors, trainers, designers, architects, and mechanical engineers working on space systems.
During the event, Eric R. Miller, principal and co-founder of PADT, spoke about the need for volunteers for a steering committee, and Rey Chu, principal and co-founder of PADT, shared recent news in additive manufacturing. There was also some great discussion about materials. As Rey Chu mentioned, “3D printing is a material driven application, it can only go as far as the materials available. The more we support new materials, the wider application 3D printing will have.”

Creating opportunity and community in 3D printing

There’s a lot going on in the field of 3D printing:

  • Oversight: For example, anyone could make airplane parts using additive 3D printing, but who will regulate those parts to ensure that they are created to a safe standard?
  • Education: Developing educational opportunities for younger students as well as those who want to work in the field.
  • Policies: Policies concerning everything from environmental protections to user safety.
  • Research: With this budding technology, there is still a lot of room for exploring. New materials are being tested and developed, who will create the next big material to change the future of additive manufacturing?

To encompass as much of that opportunity as possible, the purpose of the committee is to:

  • Create stronger cooperation between companies, schools, and individuals involved in 3D printing in New Mexico.
  • Foster cooperation between organizations to increase the benefits of 3D printing to New Mexico.
  • Make a contribution to New Mexico STEM education in the area of 3D Printing.

Growing benefits of similar groups

PADT is leading a similar group in in Phoenix, Arizona, run by the Arizona Technology Council. It has grown to over a hundred members and they meet once a month. One of the benefits that have come from this group includes an increased accessibility to SBIR grants. This is due to the fact that members have access to a wide variety of experts who are experienced in creating strong proposals.

Meeting every quarter

If you are a user, manufacturer, researcher, or seller of additive manufacturing tech, then consider adding your unique views and input to this group. Meetings will be held once a quarter. Presentations will be limited to an educational or technical presentation that is of interest to the group (i.e. no sales pitches).
Meanwhile, the group is also looking for members to join the steering committee. The steering committee will meet virtually once a month, listen to the overall group’s interests and ideas, and help steer the group to successful and productive meetings.

Gathering support from the community

Tech ideas like the 3Dprinting group and the NMTC, continue to get great support from the Albuquerque community. Rio Bravo Brewing Company supplied space for free in their upstairs meeting room, and PADT supplied beer from Rio Bravo and food from Garcia’s Kitchen.

Getting involved

To keep up to date on the next meetings, sign up for the NMTC newsletter and we’ll let you know when the next one is scheduled.

2017-06-29T14:31:52+00:00June 29th, 2017|

11 Online Scales due to Smart Use of Resources

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11 Online is a custom web solution business out of Albuquerque that’s been growing over the last couple of years. Originally two companies (Hermes Development & 11 Online) that have since merged. This tech company has used some interesting techniques that encourage employee growth and have kept the company at zero turnovers.

Investing in Their Employees

Instead of dealing with a long search to find employees experienced in the particular field they need, 11 Online hires from places like the CNM Deep Dive Bootcamp.
Why? Co-owner and Technical Project Manager, Alonso Indacochea, says “Because a lot of us came from the CNM Deep Dive Bootcamp. We know what the curriculum is in Deep Dive and we already know the value the program delivers and what we can add to that.”
“Also, We felt we’re in the best position to get to know the people who have the best ability to learn and grow and take on those people who might not have a shot somewhere else.”
The employees are then involved with a lot of on-the-job training.

Developing Talent with the TechHire Program

The NMTC President and CEO, Nyika Allen, helped turn 11 Online, an NMTC member, onto the TechHire program. The program helps pay for some of the time that the company invests in training their employees.
The TechHire Program is from the New Mexico Workforce Connection. As per Tawnya Rowland, TechHire New Mexico Program Director, “The TechHire New Mexico grant program goes through June 2020, and we have committed to training and finding IT employment for 450 participants. Employers must be IT or IT related, and located in New Mexico.”
The program has definitely helped 11 Online. “This helps us throw more challenging work at our newer employees,” says Alonso. “It also takes the cost piece of training and minimizes it. This has definitely helped us make more long-term investments.”

Adding Benefits on Top of Training

11 Online also invests in their team and individual employees by having lunch brought in once a week; giving the team three hours a week of time to work on their own projects; and offering a combination of working out of a coworking space, FatPipe ABQ, and working from home schedules. They also send their employees to conferences for additional education, offer a health plan, and will soon offer a 401k through the NMTC’s new program.

Paying off

Not only is there no turnover in their employees, an employee was approached by another tech company and she decided to stay with 11 Online. The reason? She felt she could grow and learn more by staying.
At twelve employees and two new interns, they don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
 
Get some ideas for your own business? We hope so! If you want to become a member of NMTC and join the ranks of 11 Online, check out our membership page. We hope to see you!

2017-06-16T09:44:49+00:00June 16th, 2017|

Apply Now for AT&T's Aspire Accelerator Competition


 

The Aspire Accelerator is open to any organization tackling real-world education problems with technology solutions.

·Selected teams will receive an investment of $100,000, an additional $25,000 to cover program expenses, access to AT&T leaders and Aspire collaborators in education and technology, and personalized mentorship

·Applications are being accepted through Feb. 7. The program will begin with selected ventures in May 2017.

·The AT&T Accelerator is part of the company’s commitment to fostering solutions that lead to high school success and career readiness, especially for students at-risk of not graduating high school.  The goal of the Aspire Accelerator is to foster the ed-tech ecosystem and support innovative new products and services in education. 

Go here for more Information or to Apply!

 
 
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2017-01-20T13:24:41+00:00January 20th, 2017|

Registration Now Open for 50 Communication Hacks – A WriterGal Event

Registration Now Open for 50 Communication Hacks – A WriterGal Event
Better, Faster, Easier Communication
February 3, 2017 at Gravitate
 
Santa Fe/Albuquerque, NM: Want to hack your professional communication? Make it easier, faster and better? Then join the WriterGal Network, LLC, a consortium of New Mexico-based writers, editors, marketers, graphic designers and Web developers for its first-ever event Friday, February 3, 2017. 50 Communication Hacks is a fast-paced, educational business communication forum featuring insider tips, tricks and unique approaches for successful branding, promotion, marketing, social media and more.
“Entrepreneurs, small business owners and corporate marketers, this event is for you,” says WriterGal Network administrator Emily Esterson. “The program will present you with new ideas and fresh perspectives, valuable tools and resources, and inspiration. You’ll make new connections, too. And of course, there will be snacks!”
The agenda for the half-day forum includes dynamic, insightful speaker presentations, interactive panels, and Q&A sessions to pick the brains of the experienced professionals from the WriterGal Network. Whatever your communication conundrum, 50 Hacks has you covered. From copy and content marketing tips to hacking your creativity and building your leadership brand, this event offers at least 50 takeaways to apply to your business’ branding, marketing, web development, blogging, social media and more.
Bring your enthusiasm, questions and creative hats to Gravitate®, the newest, coolest event space in downtown Albuquerque on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 8-11:30 a.m. Space is limited, and registration is open now at www.writergals.com. Tickets are $59 per person and the event includes a continental breakfast and refreshments. There is ample and free street parking in the immediate area (Rosemont Ave., 4th and 5th St.) and within 150 steps from the entrance.
About WriterGal Network
WriterGal Network, LLC is a network of experienced writers, editors, creative communications, graphic design and/or web development professionals. WriterGals work independently, and members with different areas of expertise often partner on projects, and can readily make referrals within the group. Looking for a freelance writer, marketing/PR specialist, graphic designer or Web content developer in New Mexico? You’ve come to the right place: www.writergals.com.
For more information about WriterGal Network or the event, contact Emily Esterson, emily@emilyesterson.com or 505-553-2671.
 

2017-01-12T11:31:26+00:00January 12th, 2017|

ANSYS Startup Program: The Significance of Simulation

On Wednesday January 25th, from 12pm – 1pm Arizona time, Eric Miller, the Co-Owner of PADT, Inc. will be presenting on how ANSYS simulation software is helping new entrepreneurs and startup companies to shorten their time to market and reduce their manufacturing costs.
This webinar is free, and only requires that contacts register to attend beforehand.
The presentation will include a discussion on:

  • What simulation is and how it can be applied to product development
  • How partnering with PADT and ANSYS can be crucial to the success of a startup
  • How using ANSYS software will help deliver ideas to market more rapidly and cost effectively. Thus saving money, time, and increasing the probability of success.

 
Eric will also be presenting information on the ANSYS Startup Program, which provides entrepreneurs with access to various ANSYS multiphysics simulation products bundled and priced specifically for early stage startup companies.
This is not a sample version of ANSYS software, it is the full version of a few specific programs that benefit startups the most.
Acceptance to this program is limited to companies who are not current ANSYS customers and meet a variety of qualifications.
Those who are eligible will also receive access to the ANSYS Customer Portal for marketing opportunities and customer support.
Additional information regarding the ANSYS Startup Program (Including the requirements) can be found on the attached flyer and at:
http://www.padtinc.com/mautic/ansys-startup-program—form
 
About Eric Miller:
Eric Miller is a co-owner of Tempe based PADT, Inc., where he is involved in providing tools and services to companies who design and manufacture physical products. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has lived in Arizona since 1986. He started his career focusing on the application of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) to simulate turbine engine components. Over the years he became recognized as an expert user of the ANSYS software tool and in the development of custom software to automate the product simulation and design process.
As a co-founder of PADT in 1994, Eric was able to also pursue his interests in IT, graphic design, additive manufacturing, database programming, and small business management. As both PADT and the use of advanced engineering tools grew, Eric became exposed to dozens of different industries and developed his broad understanding of the application of technology for product development and manufacturing.
After over three decades in the industry, Eric is often called upon to write and speak on simulation, design, and 3D Printing as well as on startups and the high-tech sector. His involvement in the startup community includes angel investing as well as mentoring and serving on steering, screening, and advisory boards of a variety of technical organizations and institutions.
Eric’s Startup Experience:
Not only is Eric an experienced engineer and business owner, he is also a well versed speaker and writer on all things tech, as well as a strong advocate for helping today’s startups become tomorrow’s industry leaders.
Eric has held numerous positions in a variety of entrepreneurial organizations, including everything from an Angel Investor and member of the screening committee at the Arizona Technology Council, to a member of the BioAccel Council of Advisers, an organization that was created to provide funding and business expertise to help develop early stage scientific technologies that drive local economic growth.
Along with this, Eric helped to create the PADT StartUpLabs at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) at Gateway Community College in Phoenix Arizona. This organization was created to provide the Arizona physical product startup community with high quality 3D Printing and design resources.
 

2017-01-11T14:47:47+00:00January 11th, 2017|

THATcamp New Mexico – Saturday January 14th, 2017

The Humanities And Technology Camp
 
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Albuquerque
The Humanities And Technology Camp is a one-day “un-conference” where humanists come together with technologists to brainstorm, problem-solve, play, and teach each other. We’re expecting teachers, students, historians, makers, programmers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, just to name a few.
The Central New Mexico conference will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Domenici Education Building of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NMHC and the New Mexico Tech Council will host a post-conference mixer at Fatpipe ABQ Coworking Space from 7 pm – 10 pm.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT! REGISTER TODAY
Visit THATCamp site to register.  Registration is $25 and includes lunch and a t-shirt. If you would like to attend but the registration fee will create hardship for you, please
contact NMHC to apply for a scholarship.
PROPOSE A SESSION! 
Talk, Make, Teach, Play – THATCamp sessions include one or more of these four elements. For examples and to propose your session idea  CLICK HERE
DORK SHORT
Are you working on something interesting? Do have a show and tell? Are you seeking collaborators? If you are excited about what you’re doing, tell the rest of us during lunch! Sign up for a 3-5 minute informal presentation to talk about your project, product, partnership, or work. We’ll provide a microphone and a captive audience. CLICK HERE  to sign up.
QUESTIONS? Contact Ellen Dornan at edornan@nmhum.org or (505)633-7372.
2016-12-29T08:53:25+00:00December 29th, 2016|