NMTC Member Spotlight | July 13, 2020
An interview with Victor Leon, CIO, CNM
and Andrea Sisneros-Wichman, Program Director, CNM Ingenuity, Inc.




Company: Central New Mexico Community College and CNM Ingenuity, Inc.
Stats on CNM: Est. in 1965 | 1,982 faculty and staff
Stats on CNM Ingenuity: Est. in 2014 | 60 employees
Mission: CNM’s Mission – “Be a Leader in Education and Training.” CNM’s Vision is “Changing Lives, Building Community.”

The mission of CNM Ingenuity is to promote the public welfare and prosperity of individuals and to foster economic development within both the private and public sectors. CNM Ingenuity accomplishes this purpose by forging links between educational institutions, businesses, industries, and government.




What industry does your company represent?  Higher Education.

What makes your company unique? CNM is the largest higher education institution in New Mexico in terms of undergraduate enrollment with more than 23,000 students in the 2019 Fall Term. In the most recent U.S. Department of Education statistics, CNM ranks No. 2 among 1,100-plus community colleges nationwide for the number of associate degrees and certificates awarded to Native Americans; No. 5 for number of degrees and certificates awarded to Hispanics; and No. 8 for the number of degrees and certificates awarded to all students.

CNM Ingenuity supports a new approach to learning that provides accelerated educational and training opportunities in key workforce areas including technology and healthcare, wrap-around support for aspiring entrepreneurs, and cooperative ventures that foster economic development and job creation. As a 501(c)3 organization and the enterprise arm of CNM, CNM Ingenuity was the first entity of its kind among community colleges in New Mexico. CNM Ingenuity’s popular Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp was named 2020 New Mexico Higher Ed Program of the Year by the Air Force Research Lab Tech Engagement Office.

The synergy between CNM and CNM Ingenuity is very strong and we are continuously looking at innovative ways to leverage our relationship. For example, we are having discussions on how we can better utilize CNM Ingenuity’s agility to create an “innovation hub” framework for proof-of-concept initiatives that CNM can then operationalize to move the college forward.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. We are in the midst of an incredible transformation with a pace of change that has become even more challenging in our new world and we don’t see that changing. We see current growth areas such as Data and Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), Robotic/Business Process Automation, Block Chain, and Internet of Things (IoT) continuing to grow and play an even more impactful role in the college of the future and in an increasingly connected world. A key success factor will be to ensure that people in the workforce are prepared for this transformational change in terms of training and technical skill acquisition. Higher Education and specifically, CNM and CNM Ingenuity, will be positioned to fill the training and skills development needs for not just our workforce, but for our everyday citizens as well.

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business?  It radically and very quickly forced CNM to transition to remote work and online teaching and learning. CNM transitioned 14,500 students from face-to-face classes to online learning in the span of a couple of weeks in late March, while also transitioning the vast majority of our 1,900-plus employees to remote work. Moving forward in the midst of COVID-19 and ultimately beyond COVID-19, the pandemic has accelerated CNM’s plans for advancing technology that will help the college evolve faster in a new world and better serve the needs of our students, community and economy, as well as our faculty and staff.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? Christmas!

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