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.
Office: (505) 768-3208
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 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
- Healthcare (new August semester)
- Hotel Mgt and Tourism (new August semester)
- Finance (new August semester)
- 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.
The construction Industry is partially funded by Association of Builders and Contractors in Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABC).
The class is taught on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
ABC Training Center (map)
2821 Broadway Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
The film industry career Advancement Program (FICAP) is partially funded by Comcast, UPublic (Greater Communities) and taught by industry experts in the respective fields.
The class is taught on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
907 3rd St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Armando or Rick Metz
Health Care Topics
The Health Care Topics program will begin in the fall of 2013 and will be taught at Presbyterian Northside.
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
This class is taught on Wednesday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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.
This class is taught on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 - 3:45 p.m.
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
Mayor Berry visits Running Start for Careers program at uPUBLIC
APS Video of the ABC Training Center Program
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