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Virtual Career Day

The APS Education Foundation partnered with Leadership Albuquerque to create an online video library featuring inspirational messages by community leaders encouraging middle and high school students to work hard and pursue their dreams.

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Below you will find a virtual library of inspirational talks by influential members of the Albuquerque community that teachers can easily access and share with their students.

Think of it as a virtual career day.

The talks are about 10 minutes a piece and very informal. They're just people telling their stories -- stories we hope will inspire the next generation. Students, regardless of background or ethnicity, are most interested in knowing more about how adults forged their place in the world. These stories – every story – are unique, but we hope they will help offer kids a guidepost, and maybe, a way forward.

APS Education Foundation

Virtual Career Day Videos

Winston Brooks, APS Superintendent

Phill Casaus, APS Education Foundation

Michelle DuVal, The Mindful Center

Leslie Hoffman, non-profit and small business consultant

Adrian Chavez, Pepsi Beverages Company

Monica Armenta, APS Communications

Edward Mazel, bankruptcy attorney

Lynn Trojahn, Accion New Mexico-Arizona-Colorado

Cherie Austin, owner and chef of Farm & Table

Gail Granot, architect, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Randy Woodcock, United Way of Central New Mexico

The videos are specifically for students in AVID classes. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a national college readiness program currently in more than two dozen APS middle and high schools. It is an elective class for students who are capable of completing a college-prep path, but need extra support. Part of the curriculum for AVID is to expose students to potential careers and to learn from adults in the community. These leaders graciously agreed to let us videotape them as they talk about their jobs, education, experiences, challenges, influences, lessons learned and anything else they felt will interest kids.

The video library was created by a group of the 2013 Class of Leadership Albuquerque, in partnership with the APS Education Foundation. Leadership Albuquerque is a program of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce designed to provide mid- to senior-level business professionals a forum to hone their skills and to assess their own leadership strengths and opportunities for development.

We'd like to thank all of the community leaders who agreed to participate in the project. A special thanks to Accion, which provided several of the videos for the project.

Meet Our Community Leaders

Superintendent Winston Brooks

Albuquerque Public Schools |

Phill Casaus, executive director

APS Education Foundation

Mr. Casaus also is a former newspaper reporter and editor. | 

Michelle DuVal, director and lead instructor

The Mindful Center

The Mindfull Center is a business devoted to teaching mindfulness meditation for health, healing, and stress reduction. |

Leslie Hoffman, professional faculty

University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management

Ms. Hoffman also just started up a new consulting firm to assist non-profits and small businesses.

Adrian Chavez, key account manager

PepsiCo – Pepsi Beverages Company

Monica Armenta, executive director

APS Communications Office

Ms. Armenta also is a former TV morning anchor. |

Edward Mazel, bankruptcy attorney

Askew & Mazel Law Firm |

Lynn Trojahn, vice president of advancement

Accion New Mexico-Arizona-Colorado | @accionnm_az_co

Cherie Austin, owner and chef

Farm & Table restaurant

(505) 503-7124 |

Gail Granot, architect


Randy Woodcock, vice president and chief operating officer

United Way of Central New Mexico

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