Marisol will be the first in her family to attend college. She has career aspirations and big goals for herself in the field of Social Work. But, Marisol did not always have this vision for her future. When she was given the opportunity to participate in an internship through YDI and a special program titled Escalera at West Mesa High School, new doors opened for her and she realized her potential as a career ready student.
“Building a Better Workforce” is the theme of this employer—centric program in New Mexico’s key southern Borderplex region. Target industries in this region include Manufacturing/Logistics, Aerospace, Renewable Energy, Business/ Financial Services, Technology, Agriculture, and Digital Media. There is a young and growing workforce within a population of 215,000 with just under half living in Las Cruces, NM (2nd largest city in New Mexico).
Located in the very heart of the Four Corners area (Aztec, NM), the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for enforcing the laws of New Mexico within San Juan County. Home to more than 128,000 residents, the county covers 5,500 square miles. The Sheriff’s Office is frequently looking for individuals who take great pride in their positions, and maintain a high standard of service to those they are sworn to protect.
Nex+Gen Academy, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was launched in 2011 as a public school focused on project-based learning. With substantial industry support, and one laptop provided to each student, Nex+Gen was designed to give high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods the tools needed to excel in the 21st century skills valued by employers.
The vision of the Buckman Direct Diversion Board is to provide safe, reliable and sustainable treatment of Rio Grande source water through recruitment, development and retention of expert staff, meeting and exceeding water supply and quality standards, maximizing equipment life cycle through effective maintenance management, stewardship of the environment and responsiveness to BDD customers and the public.
Brookline College is an independent, accredited institution with campuses in Albuquerque, NM, Phoenix, AZ, Tempe, AZ and Tucson, AZ as well as online courses and degree programs. Brookline specializes in preparing students to meet the constantly changing employment requirements of business, industry, public service organizations and medical support agencies functioning in a highly advanced and expanding technological hiring environment.
Subject to the vagaries of an up and down oil and gas industry, the Four Corners Region of Northwestern New Mexico determined to diversify its’ economic base and position the region as one that is able to produce the highest quality workforce for existing and new industries. They recognized that their community must prove the quality and availability of the workforce in order to identify and recruit new industry to the area.
Jolene Mehring was a single mother without a GED in need of a job who came to Albuquerque, NM from AZ to help take care of her aging grandmother. Without a GED or degree, a new challenge and opportunity presented itself after being unemployed for 4 years. She began working with a variety of programs within New Mexico’s Human Services Department to get back on her feet.