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Running Start for Careers

Running Start for careers is a program designed to give students direct entry to industry-developed / industry-taught curriculums in career development areas during their 11th and 12th grade years.

Program Contact

Carol Biondi
Executive Director

Office: (505) 768-3000
Cell: (505) 379-5616


Running Start for Careers is a coordinated
public / private effort to decrease New Mexico’s high school drop-out rate while creating and integrated system critical to our state’s sustainable economic success.

Running Start allows electives to be utilized so that students who participate in the approved programs will be able to graduate with the rest of their classmates. Students will also graduate with an industry certificate showing pre-apprenticeship or career development training that could be submitted to potential employers.

Classes will be taught at either industry locations (union halls or other industry training facilities) or at other existing facilities. The industry together with the school administration, will be allowed to recruit, test and select participants for their respective programs.

Running Start Programs

Running Start for Careers is currently in 10 Albuquerque high schools with construction, film and financial industry partners that include the Albuquerque association of builders and contractors, film industry career advancement program, Comcast and UPublic, and financial literacy education and services provided by partners including New Mexico educators Federal Credit union. Industry partners that will be added in the next two years include traditional and alternative energy, healthcare, and urban and graphic design. Our goal is to foster statewide implementation by 2017.

Coming in August

  • Construction (carpentry fundamentals)
  • Film (Introduction to the film industry)
  • Health care (Introduction to health care)
  • Hotel and Tourism (Introduction to tourism and hotel mgt)
  • Finance (Financial Services Pathway)
  • Surveying (Surveying special topics)
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Network Technology

Construction Skills

Coming Soon

  • Network Technology (coming August 2014)
  • Energy – this will encompass traditional energy companies as well as solar organizations.
  • Medical – working alongside the medical association and all of its partners.
  • Oil and Gas – exploration and production processes.
  • Design – including architectural, landscape, park and recreation and graphic design.

Contact Information

Theresa Torres
(505) 224-4238

The construction Industry is partially funded by Association of Builders and Contractors in Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABC).




ABC Training Center (map)
2821 Broadway Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107


Carla Kugler
(505) 830-4222

Film Trades

The film industry career Advancement Program (FICAP) is partially funded by Comcast, UPublic (Greater Communities) and taught by industry experts in the respective fields.




uPublic (map)
907 3rd St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Phillip Torrez or Rick Metz

Health Care Topics

The Health Care Topics program will be taught at Presbyterian Northside.


The class CRN # assigned by CNM is HLTH 1096

This class is taught on Monday and Thursday from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.


Presbyterian Northside (map)

5901 Harper Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Hotel Management and Tourism


The class CRN # assigned by CNM is HT 1101

This class is taught on Wednesday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.


CNM (map)
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Financial Strategies

The Financial Strategies program will begin in the fall of 2013 and will be taught by the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union (NMFCU).

Financial Literacy is being partially funded by New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, as well as other baking partners.


The class CRN # assigned by CNM is FN 1096

This class is taught on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 - 3:45 p.m.


CNM (map)
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106


Shana Runck
(505) 620-3571

Preparation for Med LabsPreparation for Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLT 1296)

In this class you will spend time working side-by-side with laboratory professionals. Meet a prerequisite requirement for both the CNM Phlebotomy Certificate and Medical Laboratory Technician AAS Degree Programs.


The class CRN # assigned by CNM is TBD

This class is taught on Fridays from 3:00 - 5:20 p.m.


CNM Main Campus, JS Building and
TriCore Reference Laboratories
located at 1001 Woodward NE


Monica Lewis

(505) 224-4000

Surveying Special TopicsSurveying (SUR 1096)

The Surveying Special Topics program will begin on May 27 and run through August 3, 2014.

What’s on your horizon? This course will introduce students to:

  • The field of surveying and potential career paths and concepts, including land surveys, deeds, survey plats and land record research.
  • The use of Geographic Information Systems software to manage and analyze data.
  • Basic concepts of problem solving, mathematics and trigonometry with an emphasis on land survey, engineering applications and calculator use. (Students must provide a full-function scientific calculator with a ten-digit display).
  • Students who successfully complete this course will earn three college credits for Introduction to Surveying Engineering, Math for Surveyors and Land Information Systems (SUR 1001, SUR 1002, GIS 1006).


The class CRN # assigned by CNM is CRN 98346

This class is taught on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


CNM Advanced Technology Center


Glenn Thurow
(505) 224-4000

Student Eligibility

Any student attending a high school (public, charter, alternative, ancillary, or private) in the Albuquerque metropolitan area that offers elective credit in career pathways is eligible provided that there is a representative at the school who documents student registration, monitors or assists in monitoring internship/apprenticeship placements and certifies elective credit earned.

More About Running Start for Careers

As we see the nature of the workforce shift to technology and industry at the same time that dropout rates and youth unemployment are high, communities are turning to innovative approaches using ‘anchor’ institutes in collaboration with a body of community stakeholders to keep students motivated and truly engaged in core curriculum. It is critical that Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest urban area, graduate high school students who are highly trained and prepared for these types of careers.

Program Goals

  • To have an unlimited number of organization / industries and students participating in the program. We currently have three organizations participating, two confirmed and two in process.
  • To have mentors from each industry that will teach the students specific information within the field of trade they represent. Those industries will have students learning what is needed on the job and it will them the opportunity to hire from that workforce.
  • To give these students a feeling of accomplishment, and excitement within the desired (or chosen ) industry, therefore decreasing the drop out rate and getting them to complete the program in high school.

Running Start for Careers ...

  • Expands student career choice options in areas of study prepare them for workforce entry
  • Provides real life incentives for students to excel in their core subjects and stay in school
  • Provides job-readiness soft skills alongside technical skills training
  • Creates a much-needed pipeline of labor in the trades
  • Creates economic development opportunities that help New Mexico become an industry magnet
  • Instruction and mentoring by industry experts in classroom and industry locations at flexible hours
  • Elective credits that keep students on track to graduate with their classmates
  • Graduation with an industry specific certificate showing pre-apprenticeship or career development
  • Bilingual alignment for employers recruiting bilingual students for their valuable skill proficiency

The Challenges

  • New Mexico has one of the highest dropout rates in the United States
  • Only 23.9% of NM high school graduates go on to attend college
  • A limited amount of resources are currently being dedicated to career/technical/vocational training within our high schools
  • We have high schools who have upwards of 30% of their student population acting as the primary bread winner for their households
  • Students who are not college bound currently have very limited options to keep them excited about school and their futures
  • An untrained and uninterested student has a high likelihood of becoming involved in gangs and other counterproductive behavior
  • There is an ongoing demand for well trained employees in many career/technical fields
  • Many jobs for well trained individuals within the career tech and trades have high pay scales and can provide for exciting careers and comfortable lifestyles

Media Coverage of Running Start for Careers

Mayor Berry visits Running Start for Careers program at uPUBLIC


APS Video of the ABC Training Center Program

ABC Training Center from APSinMotion on Vimeo. Article

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KOB article on Running Start for Careers

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