Skilled 4 Work: RRPS, CNM partner for new career technical education center

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RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Rio Rancho Public Schools has designed a new program to get students trained for a high-paying, in-demand job, even without the need for a four-year degree.

RRPS has partnered with CNM to develop a career technical education center where students can get hands-on training to prepare for those desirable jobs.

From training for automotive tech, welding and other skills, RRPS is making an investment in skilled work training when other schools are pulling back.

“These are high-paying jobs that are in demand,” said Tracy Hartzler, the president of CNM. “We know that we are doing our best to pull all of our resources together to really help individuals, not only put them on a great path for new jobs but really on a career on a really solid, high-wage career.”

“By getting in there earlier when you do enrollment programs, you don’t pay anything. In the past, that was a real incentive,” said Sue Cleveland, the superintendent at Rio Rancho Public Schools. “Now, of course, we got free college for all students, so the real benefit now is really getting an earlier start and some students will walk out and be able to go to work after graduation.”

Some of the programs will also focus on carpentry, plumbing and a number of other hands-on programs.

“We also hope to offer more technology-based skills training – certainly project management and some other areas that again fall in the hands of anybody who’s looking to expand on the technical training that they have,” Hartzler said.

In the coming weeks, we will explore many more career and training opportunities as a part of our Skilled 4 Work series, presented by CNM.