For all those who aren’t sure if college is for them, who have knocked around jobs since high school, who would be the first in their families to enroll in higher education, look no further than Central New Mexico Community College for inspiration.
The current vice president for academic affairs was just like you.
Sydney Gunthorpe worked in retail for six years after high school. He moved around. He had no idea how to find parking at a university, much less complete a class.
But 23 years and four degrees after first enrolling at CNM, he’s not only helping run the state’s largest college, he’s trying “to open as many doors as possible into CNM” for others to advance their educations and their job prospects.
Gunthorpe says college “was an environment that was totally unknown to me. I was first-generation, so I just didn’t know.” In fact he kept his options open, telling his boss if it didn’t work out he’d be back.