Skilled 4 Work: Trade school leads to good paying jobs in the state
September 18, 2019 06:45 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Many people get a bachelor’s degree after high school but for others, college just is not for them.
Secretary for New Mexico Workforce Solutions Bill McCamley said choosing to go to trade school is just as valid an option as a traditional four year university.
“For years, the push has been ‘Don't go to a vocational education— that's for lesser people.’ That's crap. If you want to go and be a nurse, or trades person, or someone who is a computer programmer, you're going to get a great skill, you're going to earn good money, and there's going to be a good job for you here in New Mexico,” he said.
McCamely points to his own life as proof.
“I tell people all the time. I got a master’s from Harvard after going to New Mexico State,” McCamley said. “That's pretty good— however my girlfriend has a two year degree from a community college in radiology. She is an MRI tech. Until about 7-8 months ago, she made way more money than I did and when we moved up here from Las Cruces so I could take this job, it took her two weeks to get a job because her skill sets are in such demand.”
But what if someone wants to get the bachelor’s degree?
“Someone wants to go do that? Knock yourself out. It's great. It's a wonderful education at all of our institutions and you'll have opportunities, but if that's not something that you're interested in doing and you want to find a way to get a skill set that leads to a great job without having to go into a lot of college loan debt, there are ways to do that. There are a registered apprenticeship programs. There are specific career pathway programs that places like CNM are offering,” he said.
To learn more about the trade programs CNM offers, click here.
Created: September 18, 2019 06:45 PM
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