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Overview (back to top)

The Albuquerque Business Education Compact (ABEC) is a partnership of business, education and local government in the greater Albuquerque, New Mexico community. The business and community partners are represented by the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Forum, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the New Mexico Business Roundtable for Educational Excellence, the Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico, and the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico. Through the business partners, ABEC has the potential of linking to most businesses in the greater Albuquerque area. The education partners are represented by the Albuquerque Public Schools, Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teacher's Federation. The education partners cover kindergarten through post secondary education, serving some 135,830 students. The government partners are represented by the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and the Central Area Workforce Investment Board. The government partners serve approximately a 500,000 citizens with a variety of services.

The Management Committee of ABEC is the guiding force for ABEC and has on it the superintendent of schools, the presidents of Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico, representatives of each of their boards, the president of the Albuquerque Teacher's Federation along with the leadership of each of government entities, their governing boards and the business organizations.
In November 2004 an education summit was held involving community members representing business, government, education, policy makers, teachers, students, community groups and economic development/workforce development. The focus question was " What coordinated efforts should we undertake to enhance the metro Albuquerque pre-K through adult education system?
After identifying key events, exploring common themes and generating ideal future scenarios for the Metro Albuquerque education system, participants agreed on three key areas of focus for coordinated efforts over the next five years:

1. Develop & implement a seamless, flexible, student-centered pre-K through adult education system. This system must begin with strong emphasis on early childhood education, be based on clear definitions of student success measured by relevant assessments, offer choices to students, provide professional development for staff, and make use of best practices such as Career Pathways. Through coordinated efforts and positive implementation of House Bill 212 (Education Reform Bill), adequate resources will be available to ensure that students attain high performance levels.

2. Expand the role of schools as centers of community and family involvement.
By extending hours of operation, planning for coordinated involvement of various health, education and social service agencies, and encouraging active participation of families, schools can become focal points for addressing early childhood, cultural transition, health and other specific needs of their local communities in order to ensure high levels of educational achievement for all students.

3. Collaboration among business, APS, CNM, UNM, COA, Community Groups, SIPI, etc., through integrated strategic planning & collaborative efforts (grant writing).
While collaboration needs to be the process followed to enact all initiatives, it was recognized that ABEC should continue its role of bringing all institutions to the table to address common concerns. It was recommended that two initiatives be supported: the integration of strategic plans among the ABEC partners and collaborative efforts to secure grant monies for the first two initiatives.

Implementation Teams have been developed for each of these goals. (see goals and Involvement for more information)

ABEC Mission (back to top)
Through the collaborative partnership of business, education and government facilitate and advocate for the achievement of a world class education system.

ABEC Vision (back to top)
We will be an outstanding partnership successful at creating a vision and mechanism for the partners to align its efforts to achieve quality education for all students.

ABEC History  (back to top)
Click here for a short background of ABEC leadership, key dates, and a highlight of its accomplishments.

Goals and Involvement (back to top)

  • Communication and Collaboration
    Continue to support building collaboration and communication among the various groups concerned with education, particularly those with business involvement. Implement the recommendations from the education summit.
  • Literacy
    Support early literacy development by continued implementation of ABEC Read by Third Grade recommendations.
  • Schools as Center of Community Implementation Team
    Develop action plan to achieve the goal of schools being the center of community.

  • Seamless Education System Implementation Team
    Develop action plan to facilitate the achievement of the goal of a seamless education system with the focus on early childhood education and career pathways.
  • Philips Semiconductor's Contribution for At-risk Youth
    Provide program design and oversight for implementation of Philips Semiconductors Contribution for at-risk youth. Make recommendations to be made to City Council for their approval on the use of the funds.
  • Job Mentor Program
    Continued support for the Job Mentor Program through jobs and scholarships.

Accomplishments 2005 (back to top)
This powerpoint highlights ABEC's accomplishments for 2005.

ABEC Partners (back to top)
ABEC has thirteen formal partner organizations representing business, education and local government. The partners chief officers are designated members of the ABEC Management Committee, the formal board for ABEC. Click on any to visit their websites.

Albuquerque Public Schools
Central New Mexico Community College
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque Teacher's Federation
Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico
Economic Forum
Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico
Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce
New Mexico Business Roundtable for Educational Excellence
Bernalillo County
Central Area Workforce Investment Board
City of Albuquerque

ABEC Members  (back to top)
Click here to see a list of ABEC's Designated & Appointed Members

Management Committee Meetings  (back to top)
NOTE: All meetings will be held at the Technology Ventures Corporation, 1155 University SE, Stanford Room.


  • Thursday, January 26, 2012; 8-9:30am (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, February 23, 2012; 8-10:00am (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, March 22, 2012; 8-9:30am (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, April 26, 2012; 8-10:00am (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Thursday, May 24, 2012; 8-9:30am (Agenda)
  • Thursday, June 28, 2012; 8-10:00am (Agenda)
  • Thursday, August 23, 2012; 8-10:00am
  • Thursday, September 27, 2012; 8-9:30am
  • Thursday, October 25, 2012; 8-10:00am
  • Thursday, December 13, 2012; 8-9:30am


  • Wednesday, April 29, 2009; 7:30-8:45am (Agenda)
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2009; 7:30-8:45am (Agenda | Minutes)
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2009; 7:30-8:45am (Minutes)
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2009; 7:30-8:45am (Agenda)
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2009; 7:30-8:45am (Agenda)


  • Wednesday, January 30, 2008; 7:30-8:45am (Agenda)
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2008 (Presentation)