Women in Non-Traditional Careers Awards

This award ceremony celebrates women working or studying in non-traditional fields. Sponsored by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), the School of Applied Technologies, and Women Advancing in Technology and Trades (WATT).

WIN awards logo2021 WIN Awards

The Women in Non-Traditional Career Awards (WIN) are designed to celebrate, acknowledge, and validate the successes of our students, instructors, and administration working and studying in non-traditional program areas.

The goal of the WIN awards is to inspire all women to seek pathways that lead to their success and open the doors of opportunity in all careers.

The WATT student group offers networking opportunities, access to resources, and a chance to help encourage more women to enter trades occupations. This group is open to all women pursuing non-traditional career pathways who attend CNM. For information, contact Jennifer Klecker.


Nominations for the 2021 WIN awards are closed.

The Awards

Non-Traditional Career Student of the Year

This award is to recognize a student who has achieved a skill level respected by their peers and instructors that show a passion for their chosen field. This individual will exemplify CNM's core values of being caring, ethical, inspiring, courageous, connected, and exceptional. Preference is given to a student in their last year/term of any non-traditional program.

Emerging Leader

This award is to recognize a student in a non-traditional program who shows leadership characteristics in their given program/career. A leader is someone who is responsible, accountable, honest, and willing to share best practices with their fellow students. The student nominated for this award may be in any year/term of a non-traditional program.

The Rosie Award

This award is to recognize a first-year student (including dual credit students) enrolled in a non-traditional program that shows a sign of future excellence and achievement in their program and field. The student nominated for this award will be optimistic, an agent of change, and a mentor to other students. They will display integrity, civility, and respect.

Community Outreach and Engagement

This award is to recognize a student who has encouraged and supported women at CNM and/or in the community in pursuing non-traditional pathways. This student can be seen volunteering in the classroom, community, or locally. They engage with CNM, other students in their program, demonstrates exceptional leadership, and has the highest ethical standards. The student nominated for this award may be in any year/term of a non-traditional program.

Outstanding Student

This award is to honor a student who shows qualities of an outstanding and successful student in a non-traditional program. This student should show exceptional work ethic, tenacity, and determination in the achievement of their goals. The student nominated for this award may be in any year/term of a non-traditional program.

The WINograd Award

The WINograd award is to honor a person in Industry who has increased the number of women in their trades field. This person will show high integrity, a passion for changing the culture of Industry, and creating an equitable environment for women. This award expresses our WINogratitude to anyone in Industry with the courage to make a change in the culture by creating a place where women can thrive.

CNM Employee Advocate

This award will be presented to a CNM faculty or staff member of any gender who has played a positive role as a teacher, mentor, and/or advocate for women's success in a specific non-traditional career or program at CNM.

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

Non-Traditional Careers

“Non-traditional careers” are careers that have been traditionally dominated by men. The following programs lead to non-traditional careers for women at CNM.