Electrical Trades Students Named National Siemens Technical Scholars

Feb. 28, 2017 -- Three students from Central New Mexico Community College’s Electrical Trades Associate Degree Program today were named 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation.
February 28, 2017

CNM students Zachary Esquivel, Chelsea Hartshorn and Ian Bardwell were among 51 exceptional community college students selected from some of the nation’s strongest community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which provide outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology.

“These three outstanding CNM students have made our college extremely proud,” said CNM President Kathie Winograd. “In addition to being nationally recognized as Siemens Technical Scholars, the students’ devotion to their studies and their passionate pursuit of a rewarding career in the electrical trades sets a great example for all of our students at CNM.”

Zachary Esquivel and Chelsea Hartshorn are receiving scholarships of $10,000 each, and Ian Bardwell is receiving a $3,500 scholarship. The scholarship funds can be used to continue their education or to pay on existing student loan debt.

The 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars program rewards current students and recent graduates with scholarships between $3,500 and $10,000 to emphasize the enormous value these technical STEM jobs can bring to students and their families. The Siemens Technical Scholars selection committee identified exemplary community college STEM programs, like the Electrical Trades Associate Degree Program at CNM, that deliver exceptional training for technical STEM jobs, which range from aviation maintenance technology to healthcare.

Overall, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are projected to grow at almost double the rate of non-STEM occupations. Community colleges like CNM are playing a huge role in working to meet this demand. More than half of all STEM jobs across the United States require no more than an associate degree and pay wages that average more than $50,000 annually. And people with a postsecondary education earn 74% more than those with just a high school diploma.

“The best community college programs are providing top-notch preparation for the jobs employers are clamoring to fill,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of Siemens Foundation. “We need to change the mind-set about community colleges and make sure that students, parents and college guidance counselors see these exceptional STEM programs as  strong pathways to opportunity –  whether that means heading right into a great paying job or getting a more advanced degree.”

The Siemens Technical Scholars selection committee sought to identify exemplary programs from top community college that deliver exceptional training for middle-skill STEM jobs. CNM’s Electrical Trades program was identified as a top performer nationally in four primary performance categories: alignment with labor market demand, applied learning opportunities, student outcomes, and equity.

Learn more about CNM’s Electrical Trades programs.