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Valencia employers provide career exploration activities for students

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Valencia Career Exploration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           

Contacts: Jeanette Brahl, United Way of Central New Mexico, 505.975.7557
Teri Wimborne, Mission: Graduate, 505.379-5534

ALBUQUERUQUE, NM: Valencia County students from five different high schools are taking part in career exploration activities with 15 local employers. These activities which include employer speakers, mock interviews, and more are made possible because of the work of the Mission: Graduate Valencia County Career Exploration Team.

Our work began with a small group of educators, employers, and community members who wanted to improve the workforce readiness of Valencia County graduates,” explains Mission: Graduate’s Director of Collective Impact Teri Wimborne.

The schedule of activities for upcoming events is as follows:

March 27 and 29, Valencia High School, 9:15 to 10:45 a.m.
March 27, through March 29, Century High School, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Last September the team held an “Educator and Employer Forum” at UNM Valencia Campus to build a common community understanding of the issues and possible solutions. One solution is to develop partnerships between schools and employers to provide career exploration opportunities for students as a strategy for increasing graduation rates and workforce readiness.

These events are the first step toward expanding these partnerships in order to grow the opportunities for students to include site visits, job shadows, and internships.

It was so nice to come out and engage with the younger community. I think that this is a great initiative and I look forward to continue supporting this effort,” says Mara Murillo of the Clariant Corporation. “If you can give young minds exposure to the real world, you can increase their opportunity to thrive in it.”

Volunteers are from the following organizations: Adelante Consulting, Ageless Living, Aristech, Belen Consolidated Schools,  Buffalo Wild Wings, CEMCO, Clariant Corporation, Cupertino Electric, Facebook, Fortis Construction,  Los Lunas Schools, McLeod Lifestep, Mission: Graduate/United Way of Central New Mexico, Mountain States Construction, New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico Workforce Connection Central Region, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Paradigm Physical Therapy, Rio Communities, Security Ironworks,  G4S Security, TCM Mechanics, and University of New Mexico Valencia Campus. 

Mission: Graduate is a cradle-to-career partnership consisting of educators, local employers, educational support providers, government leaders and citizens who are committed to a goal of 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates in central New Mexico by the year 2020. Mission: Graduate is an initiative of the United Way of Central New Mexico. #60Kby2020

United Way of Central New Mexico, founded in 1934, serves a four-county region. UWCNM’s mission is to bring people and resources together to measurably improve lives and strengthen our communities. To learn more, visit or call 505-247-3671.

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