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Pair of CNM students headed to NASA

Colton Shone
December 11, 2017 07:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico is full of opportunities to make a career in the STEM fields, boasting national labs, an expanding startup scene and more research every day. Now Central New Mexico Community College is helping students thrive even more through a partnership with NASA.


In an ever-changing landscape of technology, CNM students Sherry Mitchell and Jose Pacheco are ready for any challenges ahead. They were selected out of 26 students across the nation for an opportunity to intern with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the spring semester.

Mitchell said she'll be programming computer systems for avionics controls. Meanwhile, Pacheco will be working to design code for communications systems at the commander control center.

Sounds intimidating, right?

Sionna Grassbaugh, director of CNM's School of Business and Information Technology, said NASA consistently works to help provide students with opportunities to succeed, such as the recent NASA Day, when representatives visited the school to talk to potential future employees.

"We're so proud of the students, but we're also very pleased that NASA chose CNM to be one of the sites for this event," Grassbaugh said. "So what we heard from a lot of the managers from NASA who were on-site at the event was that NASA is regularly recruiting and looking at their internship ranks to fill permanent full-time positions." 

Mitchell said her goal is to work for NASA permanently in areas that interest her. Specifically, she says, deep space and planetary science.

Pacheco said he wants to bring the knowledge he'll acquire back home to New Mexico, and one day work for Sandia National Labs.

School officials say they hope stories and experiences like that of Mitchell's and Pacheco's inspire other young students to look STEM fields as possible careers, and not just another lecture to attend.


Colton Shone

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