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Rio Rancho teachers and employers talk collaboration

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At Wecks Restaurant in Rio Rancho today, 20 Career Technical Education teachers and ten local employers met with the sole purpose of finding ways to work together to prepare students for the workforce.

The event was coordinated by Mission: Graduate in partnership with the Rio Rancho Public Schools and is the next evolution of the teacher academy in which over the past three summers, math and science teachers have received technology training and made employer connections.

It’s our hope that teachers and employers make long-term commitments to work together to support students,” says Teri Wimborne, Mission: Graduate’s Director of Collective Impact. “This could be anything from having students visit the workplace, offering internships or job shadows, or providing specific activities that students can work on to prepare for positions in that field.”

Educators will be surveyed later in the semester to provide an understanding of the how the connection has progressed.

Thanks to these participating employers: Edit House Productions, Galloping Grace Youth Ranch, Huitt-Zollars Landscape Design, Intel, the Rio Rancho Observer, Presbyterian, Wagner’s Farmland Experience, Wells Fargo, Lazmarq, and to Weck’s for offering the event space. And thanks to Rio Rancho Public Schools for their collaboration and support.