CNM Student Tisha Hudetz Represents CNM in D.C.

June 10, 2015 -- CNM business and accounting major Tisha Hudetz spent last week in Washington D.C., attending two summits for college leaders where she shared information about CNM efforts related to sustainability and job training.
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“It was an incredible experience,” Hudetz said.

More than 150 students from colleges and universities around the country attended the Presidential Leadership Summit and a White House Climate/Sustainability Summit. She was the only representative from New Mexico and one of only a few from community colleges.

Hudetz, who is president of the CNM Government Accounting Student Association, was tapped to attend the summits by the National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC) because of her stellar participation in a regional round table on youth employment. Also participating were other students from the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. The round table included representatives of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque Economic Development, Mission Graduate and Innovate Educate. Similar round tables were conducted throughout the country.

The Presidential Leadership Summit focused on college to career transition and on several initiatives President Obama supports, including bridging the skills gap, making education affordable and finding ways to make a positive impact on climate change.

“The skills gap is wide, but it means opportunities for schools, especially community colleges,” Hudetz said. “We learned that three million jobs will come available over the next 5-10 years. Some 2.5 million will go unfilled because people aren’t trained for them. Community colleges are poised to train people to help fill those jobs.”

At the climate summit it was pointed out that “climate change is the issue of our time,” she said. “Today’s generation will be the last whose actions will matter. This is our last shot.”

The statement, she said, “was not meant to scare but to inspire. It gives us a sense of urgency.”

Hudetz said she returned to Albuquerque determined to make meaningful changes that will result in a better life for her now 3 ½ year-old daughter.