City program provides head start career skills for high school students
Posted at: 09/25/2012 8:00 PM
By: KOB.com Staff
The City of Albuquerque is offering a program that takes high school students out of the classroom and into the real world to get a head start on a career.
The City's "Running Start for Careers" program allows for sophomore, junior and senior high school students to earn elective credits toward graduating, while obtaining job skills.
Classes instructor Joseph Hirschfeld said the program will allow students to have a leg up on most other graduates when its time to set foot on a jobsite.
"They're going to have to have a head start with a skill," Hirschfeld said. "They're not going to have to jump into the jobsite green, they're going to be, maybe yellow already. They're going to be on step ahead."
Mayor Richard Berry visited a class on Tuesday, hoping to see what the teens are learning from this program first-hand.
"I think these bodes well for our future," Mayor Berry said. "These are nice, young men. These young men are sharp and they have a lot going on. If they can get some of this training while they're still in high school and get a head start on their careers, it's good for our city. It's good for our workforce development...it's good for high school retention."
Teens enrolled in the program have already figured out one of the hardest things for most people: They already know what they want to be when they grow up.
Hirschfeld thinks they are well ahead of their peers saying, "Some of these kids aren't going to be rocket scientist, but they're going to be successful in life with a career that will pay them good."
We have posted a link to program below.