Since we are getting more into the era of accreditations, certifications, and badges. I thought it fitting to highlight some of the more involved efforts on keeping up with the changing skills landscape and what this looks like.
I have recently earned the following accreditations, certifications, or badges in the month of June 2020:
- IBM Certification Exam Developer 2020 – Level II (developing the Spectrum Virtualize Administrator Exam)
- IBM Certified Administrator – Spectrum Virtualize v8.3.1
- Red Hat Accredited Professional, Red Hat Sales Engineer Specialist – OpenShift Container Platform (OCP)
More of my badges are listed on the Acclaim website.
I live in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and my kids attend the Rio Rancho Public Schools District. One of the changes that have happened over the last couple of years in the district is the adoption of the Google Education infrastructure and the use of Chrombooks throughout all the schools. I’ve seen investment in classrooms where teachers now have over 30 chromebooks to use for classroom instruction.
With these changes, what I have not seen is any general education for the students, siblings, or parents in the community (and surrounding tribal communities). I decided to try and change that with the free resources available through the City of Rio Rancho.
I am a volunteer with the city and this enabled me to teach my Raspberry Pi classes in 2017 at the Loma Colorado Public Library. This library has great resources … rooms, tables, chairs, laptops, monitors, keyboards, mice, and great internet bandwith! So all I really needed to do was schedule and coordinate to get this new set of classes started.
One of the challenges in starting anything new is awareness, so I decided to use the Meetup.com to raise awareness initially, then moved on to a email list. The email list page is at:
We had our first class/meetup on July 27, 2019 at the Loma Colorado Public Library Auditorium, I brought 12 Chromebooks for folks to use … we had 11 people attend, some hands on time, and many questions around the Chromebook and Google services. I was excited about the attendance and am looking at holding this class once a month for now and maybe more frequent based on interest and demand.
I will be scheduling new meetups or classes via meetup.com so, keep an eye on this website for new events or check out to the library calendar.
Here is a summary of tribal gaming in New Mexico for 2017 (gaming machines). The reports from the NM Gaming Control Board come out on a quarterly basis (and sometimes amended), and with a little spreadsheet work we can get the yearly picture.
Some highlights compared to 2016:
- Nambe Pueblo gaming has effectively stopped operations in 2017
- Pojoaque Pueblo has started contributing to the NM Tribal Gaming Net Win in 2017.
- Total NM Tribal Gaming Net Win for 2016 is $708.7 million (up from $698.7 million)
- Total Revenue share to NM general fund from Tribal Gaming Net Win is $61.5 million (up from $59 million)
- Total NM Tribal Gaming Net Win is up $10 million (+1.4%) from 2016
- Revenue share to NM general fund from Tribal Gaming Net Win is up $2.5 million (+4%) from 2016
- Tribal Gaming Revenue share to NM general fund is about 1% of total NM FY17 budget
- Average percent from Tribal Gaming Revenue to the State of NM is 8.46%
And one other interesting comparison … All of the 2017 Tribal Infrastructure Awards from the State of New Mexico totaled $5.4 million … So only about 8.7% of Tribal Gaming dollars to the State of New Mexico make it back into on reservation for tribal infrastructure.
I started on the board of directors for CNM Ingenuity, Inc back in February this year and this has been one of the most visible and impressive efforts of this organization so far (after the deep dive coding boot camp). This new maker space allows anyone in the Albuquerque area access to tools and support to truely innovate and bring business ideas to life. Check out the website!
I updated one of my Raspberry Pis to the new Strech OS for the Raspberry Pi and was pleasantly surprised to see a update to a newer stable version of GnuCash 2.6.15. A major update since the 2.6.4 version … Woo hoo!!!