ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Until recently, 27-year-old single parent Valente Meza struggled on an $18,000-a-year Applebee’s server income.
But last summer, he joined the Downtown software firm Real Time Solutions as a web designer and developer earning $30,000 annually after graduating from Central New Mexico Community College’s Deep Dive Coding bootcamp. CNM paid his entire $6,500 tab for the 10-week course through financial assistance and scholarships supported by grants from the Kellogg Foundation, Workforce Solutions and others.
“I qualified for assistance as a low-income, single parent from the International District,” Meza said. “I started here six months after graduating, and I’ve gotten two raises since then. I’m looking now at going back to CNM for an associate’s degree in computer science.”
Meza is one of nearly 300 graduates from the CNM bootcamp, which celebrated its fifth-year anniversary Wednesday night. At the event, the latest cohort of graduates presented their “capstone” projects and networked with potential employers as part of the program’s “Demo Day.”