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|

TechJunction New Mexico

F2F Events, Inc. (F2F) produces CPE-accredited educational conferences for IT professionals focusing on the latest developments in information security, IT infrastructure and communications. F2F’s TechJunction conference series is dedicated to providing both attending delegates and sponsors a strong return on their investment of time and resources.
As a key-influencer on the evaluation of IT solutions, TechJunction was developed for you. An educational symposium addressing today’s most critical IT challenges:

  • Business Continuance & Recovery
  • Network & Data Security
  • Enterprise Communications

With a “by invitation-only” format, cutting-edge content, interactive labs & exhibits, and other complimentary delegate benefits (coffee, lunch, cocktails; etc.) TechJunction has earned the reputation as “THE technology conference” for IT professionals across the country.
Included in your TechJunction experience:

  • 10 Educational Seminars
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Lunch Buffet
  • 25 Vendor Exhibits
  • Hosted Reception

Register Here

2016-02-19T10:50:19+00:00August 4th, 2016|

Learn About Rural Sourcing Inc.

Watch our recent interview with Margaux Kaynard, Vice President of Human Resources and Recruiting for Rural Sourcing Inc. They connect organizations with qualified, talented IT professionals and believe domestic outsourcing is smarter outsourcing. Rural Sourcing Inc. recently opened offices in New Mexico, bringing numerous high tech, technology oriented jobs to the state.
Margaux talk’s about the company’s growth and opening an office in Albuquerque.

2016-04-27T19:21:58+00:00April 27th, 2016|

Tech On Tap Thursday April 28th with Steve McKee on SaaS and Passare

New Steve
About Passare
Passare is an innovative, Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that helps funeral service professionals connect and collaborate with families anytime, anywhere, from any connected device. The company was founded in 2012 to meet the changing needs and preferences of today’s funeral consumers. Passare offers funeral homes increased efficiency and accuracy while enhancing the customer’s buying experience. Through the cloud-based funeral arrangement platform, families are able to collaborate with one another and their funeral director. By mid-2015, Passare transitioned from a tech start-up into a fully operational company, growing its customer base by over 300% in six months. Passare is redefining and reinvigorating one of the last industries to be transformed by the digital revolution.
Steve McKee, Co-Founder of Passare
In addition to being the co-founder and member of the board of directors of Passare, Steve is president of McKee Wallwork + Company (MWC), Advertising Age’s2015 Southwest Small Agency of the Year and the firm out of which Passare emerged.  He is the author of When Growth Stalls: How it Happens, Why You’re Stuck and What To Do About It, and Power Branding: Leveraging the Success of the World’s Best Brands. His firm specializes in revitalizing stalled, stuck and stale brands across the U.S. and made the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America its first year of eligibility. A marketing strategist for nearly thirty years, Steve has held executive positions at several notable international agencies. He was a popular Businessweek.com columnist for more than a decade and currently writes a monthly column for SmartBrief on Leadership. He has been published or quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes.com, Investor’s Business Daily, the Los Angeles Times and is a frequent contributor to Albuquerque Business First. A popular speaker at corporate and association events, he has appeared on CNBC, ESPN2, CNNfn, Bloomberg, and network television affiliates across America.

Register here to attend and your first drink is on us!

2016-04-25T15:34:09+00:00April 25th, 2016|

New Mexico Tech First Annual Inventors and Entrepreneurs Conference

NM Mining


On April 15th and 16th New Mexico Tech www.nmt.edu  is hosting the first ever

Inventors & Entrepreneurs Workshop on campus in Socorro, NM

Come meet: the world famous Marty Cooper inventor of the Cell Phone; Bill Seidel, CEO of America Invents; Nola Masterson, CEO of Science Futures, Inc.; Bob Parker, holder of 80 patents from the Mood Ring to the Duracell Battery Tester; Lionel Leventhal, one of NYC major technology investors; Frank Etscorn, inventor of the Nicotine Patch, and many more

“From Your Mind to the Market”

Business Start-up Workshop

Sponsored by: US Patent & Trademark Office, Peacock Myers, PC, Inventors Digest, Technology Ventures Corporation, Innovate Product Design, Licensing Executives Society, plus more

Special sessions on Starting a Business, Building a Team, Funding a Start-up, etc.

A hands-on program to turn your big idea into a successful product.

This is the first annual event to stimulate invention and innovation and inspire attendees.

You will leave with new knowledge from those who have done it, plus a tote bag full of info.


Dr. Daniel Lopez, President, New Mexico Tech

Deborah Peacock, Chair, New Mexico Tech Board of Regents

Andy Lim, Founder, LAVU, Albuquerque, NM

Bill Seidel, America Invents, Sebastopol, CA

Martin Cooper, Cell Phone Inventor

Larry Udell, Licensing Executives Society and New Mexico Tech


Deborah Peacock, Chair, New Mexico Tech Board of Regents

John Chavez, President, New Mexico Angels, Albuquerque, NM

Craig Kenesky, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, New York, NY

David Pesiri, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Los Alamos, NM

John Hood, Zephyr Holdings, Albuquerque, NM

Lionel Leventhal, HoulihanLokey, New York, NY

David Hartford, Aeris Capital, Palo Alto, CA

Nola Masterson, Science Futures, Palo Alto, CA

Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures, Palo Alto, CA

Andres Salazar, Technology Ventures Corporation, Albuquerque, NM

Tom Stephenson, Verge Fund, Albuquerque, NM

Mitchell Kirschner, MIK Development, Inc., New York, NY

Stuart Rose, New Mexico Bioscience Center, Albuquerque, NM

Bill Seidel, CEO of America Invents, Inc., Sebastopol, CA

Kathy Hansen, Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM


Similar to the popular Shark Tank television show, New Mexico Tech’s own Wolves’ Den will feature inventors presenting their ideas to a panel of successful, experienced investors and entrepreneurs. Presenters will be selected based on invention summaries submitted to a NMT committee. The basis for the Wolves’ Den is intellectual property (IP). All presenting inventors will be showcasing commercialization ideas that are built around IP that is either protected or protectable.
IP may be protected in many ways, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. There is no restriction on the type of protection – or potential protection – but all Wolves’ Den presentations will be IP based.
Wolves’ Den presenters will be competing for funding and/or legal in-kind services that may be used to advance their innovation to commercialization.
The Wolves’ Den panel is set to consist of six members who are prominent investors and early- stage commercialization experts who come from New Mexico, New York City, and Palo Also, CA.
Inventors attending the workshop cannot bring their prototypes, etc. to the event unless they have been chosen as a Wolves Den presenter.

2016-02-18T15:38:35+00:00April 15th, 2016|