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Vote 4 NM: Job training while in high school

Tessa Mentus
October 04, 2018 04:40 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico’s next governor will have to handle a lot of issues. One issue of importance is making sure the state is providing enough training opportunities for teenagers who aren’t interested in the traditional university route. 

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Cosmetology School

Albuquerque Public School currently offers a cosmetology program at its Career Enrichment Center.

“I actually didn't plan on doing this but my mom told me to try something new so I did,” said one of the students.

The program gives students a jump-start to getting their cosmetology license.

"Us second years, we get up to 200 hours to put toward getting our actual license, in your first year you get about 100,” said another student.

If Albuquerque teenagers did not have the option, they would have to get accepted into a traditional cosmetology school after high school.

The Career Enrichment Center puts them ahead of their peers.

Emergency Medical Services

The Career Enrichment Center also offers training to teenagers who want to work in the medical field.

“It gets them along a path that will get them a job right out of high school,” said Battalion Chief Frank Sanchez.

Students will have an opportunity to leave the program as a licensed practical nurse if they pass the required exams.

Automotive Industry

Future mechanics are trained at the Career Enrichment Center as well.

School officials say the program positions students to get a job immediately following high school. It can also put them at an advantage for a post-secondary education.

“I’m telling you right now, if we don't have these programs, we're not going to be able to meet those jobs in the future," said instructor Mark Mulroy.

What about the rest of the state?

The Career Enrichment Center is for students who attend Albuquerque Public Schools.

Las Cruces and Farmington have a similar program.

The state education department did not respond to our request to learn about where similar programs take place in other parts of the state.

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