Albuquerque, New Mexico -- A “Dreams Come True” Grand Opening Celebration of Aveda Institute New Mexico (AINM) on January 22, 2012, is being recognized with a Proclamation of Celebration by Albuquerque Mayor Richard J Berry.

AINM is quickly becoming a very visible player in Albuquerque's role as a Creative Economy leader. The Institute expects to accommodate 260 students a year; as of 2011 it is one of only 42 post graduate schools in New Mexico to offer Title IV Federal Funding-backed financial aid. That, and a full-time staff, support the diverse student body in the new, state-of-the-art, hands-on teaching facility, salon and spa.

New Mexico’s lower cost of living and AINM’s year-round enrollment allows students from across the state and the country to fulfill their dreams as professionals in the fields of cosmetology and esthiology. With an 88.46 percent graduation rate, 87.5 percent job-placement rate, and 100 percent state board examination pass rate, AINM will continue to fuel our Creative Economy right here in Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico.

What: Aveda Institute New Mexico Grand Opening.
Where: Aveda Institute New Mexico, 1816 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque NM 87104
When: January 22, 2012 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Who: John Garcia, Director, City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department
Jerry Ortiz y Pino, New Mexico State Senator, District 12
Isaac Benton, Albuquerque Councilor, District 3
Alex Romero, CEO/President, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
Mark Pardo Gonzales, President, Mark Pardo SalonSpas and Aveda Institute NM.
Agenda: Presentation of the Mayor’s Proclamation, speeches and ribbon cutting. Hors d’oeuvres
will be served. Free Aveda ritual mini-services for hair and skin (including facials),
makeup touch-ups and more.

About Aveda Institute New Mexico (AINM)
Aveda Institute New Mexico is one of 57 world-wide, internationally acclaimed centers of learning for future professionals in cosmetology and esthiology. Aveda institutes are interactive learning centers that offer comprehensive programs blending basic theory with practical experience in real-life salon and spa environments. Students receive exclusive training in Aveda service delivery, product knowledge and Aveda's mission. Graduates become leaders in the Aveda network as salon owners, Purefessionals, Educators and Salon/Spa Artists. The Aveda Institute of New Mexico has been under the ownership of Cynthia Gonzales-Martinez and Mark “Pardo” Gonzales, owner of Mark Pardo SalonSpa, since November, 2008.