South Valley Social Enterprise Center Takes Off

At a recent press conference in the South Valley, Southwest Creations Collaborative joined our partner and friend, Partnership for Community Action, to announce the new South Valley Social Enterprise Center, where SCC will be the anchor tenant. The story was covered by Albuquerque Journal and KRQE-Ch. 13.

The project is funded by two $1 million grants, one from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and one from the a W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Other supporters include:

Albuquerque Community Foundation
Santa Fe Community Foundation
NM Impact Investing Collaborative
Enchantment Provisions, LLC
CHI St. Joseph’s Children
Nusenda Foundation
McCune Charitable Foundation
Kresge Foundation
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Marguerite E. Casey Foundation 

Over nine years, the Center will directly support 77 new and retained jobs, as well as providing workshops and networking groups supporting an anticipated 270 jobs offsite, and an additional 473 direct secondary jobs through multiplier effects in production/manufacturing, private nonprofit employment, childcare, and retail jobs for a total impact of 820 secondary jobs.

The Center will be housed in a 22,000 sq. ft building on two acres of land on Isleta Blvd. The new building will house the production/manufacturing space for SCC, an early childhood center, training space and offices. It will also feature a loading dock to accommodate business-to-business direct shipping, drop shipping and Electronic Data Interchange shipping for SCC and other area business enterprises and additional contract production/manufacturing uses. The space will also be used for professional development workshops, pre-accelerator trainings, parent leadership classes in early learning and advocacy, and educational support trainings.

Southwest Creations is a 2018 Family-Friendly Business

Southwest Creations has once again been recognized as a gold-level 2018 Family-Friendly Business by the New Mexico Taskforce on Work Life Balance. Southwest Creations was a founding member of the Family-Friendly Business Awards. The Awards recognize New Mexico employers and businesses that offer family-friendly employee benefits in the categories of paid leave, health support, work schedule flexibility/predictability and economic support. 


Hacia Student Spotlight: Maria Toja


Maria Toja is a 2016 graduate of Albuquerque High School and the Hacia: Toward the University college transition program. As a high school student Maria took dual enrollment classes and obtained her bilingual seal. She attended many of Hacia’s tutoring sessions and workshops. In many ways, Maria has shown her great abilities and potential. A few weeks before graduation Maria was notified she was missing a credit and was not on the roster for graduation. With the help of Hacia, she was able to make up the credit and graduate on time.

As a first-generation college student, Maria has surpassed overwhelming barriers to become the first in her family to go to college. She is currently in her first semester at CNM.

Sin Hacia el camino habría sido más difícil
— Liset, Maria's Mother
 Hacia Student Spotlight: Maria Toja

Hacia Student Spotlight: Maria Toja

Hacia's ACT Prep Sessions

Hacia recently hosted our first ACT Prep Session of the semester. We will be having two more next week. If you haven't signed up yet, please contact Nancy.

Ayer tuvimos nuestra primer session de preparación para el examen de ACT del semestre. Tendremos dos sesiones las próxima semana. Si aún no te as registrado para las sesiones, contáctate con Nancy.

Hacia Scholarship Night

Hacia had over 40 high school seniors attend Hacia's Scholarship Night on August 24. Students learned about the UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program and Daniels Fund, learned tips on writing successful scholarship essays, and received a scholarship packet. Special thanks to Tamara Clover and Cristina Benitez de Luna for speaking to our students.

Anoche, más de 40 estudiantes del grado doce asistieron a nuestro taller de becas. Estudiantes aprendieron sobre UNM BA/MD Program y Daniels Fund. También recibieron consejos en cómo escribir ensayos para becas y paquetes de becas. Gracias a Támara y Cristina por haber hablado con nuestros estudiantes.

Hacia Success Plan Workshop

We had a full house at Hacia's Success Plan Workshop with our School Readiness families where they created goals around grades, attendance, and extracurricular activities. We also discussed heroes and people who inspire us.

Anoche, tuvimos casa llena en nuestro taller de Plan de Éxito con las familias de Preparación Escolar donde crearon metas alrededor de calificaciones, asistencia y actividades extra-curriculares. También discutimos héroes y personas que nos inspiran.

Celebrating our Hacia Students

Today we celebrated our internal Hacia students at Southwest Creations. Congratulations to Ashley C. who graduated from Albuquerque High and Taiz G. who graduated from South Valley Academy, both will be attending CNM this fall. We wish you the best of luck!

Congratulations to all other internal students for completing another successful school year.

Hoy celebramos a nuestros estudiantes internos de Hacia en Southwest Creations. Felicidades a Ashley C. quien se graduó de Albuquerque High y a Taiz G. quien se graduó de South Valley Academy. Amabas asistirán CNM este otoño. iLes deseamos mucha suerte!

iFelicidades a todos los estudiantes internos por completar otro año escolar!