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Improving Access to Career Exploration Opportunities for Students

Mission: Graduate’s Employment Network is working to improve students’ understanding of and exposure to potential careers by creating a better system to connect students to high-quality career exploration opportunities, such as internships, job shadows, career fairs, and others.

The initial goal was to identify 20,000 career exploration opportunities in central New Mexico. To date, 31,712 have been identified. This team will now work to identify additional existing internships and other career exploration experiences and invite employers to sign on to the initiative.

Key Partnerships

We are partnering with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to utilize the state jobs data systems for internships and other career exploration opportunities. We are also providing support to school and college personnel, as well as youth-serving organizations, to help connect students with employers.

In addition, we provide support to employers that want to build, grow, or improve a career exploration program.

Cradle to Career Step: 
Related Networks: 


Sherry TenClay

Chair Person



Selena Hardy

Project Associate


Meetings & Events

Related Research

Are We Ready? Building Partnerships for a 21st Century Workforce Year: 2014 Author: Deborah Good
Mission: Graduate
Preparing for Productive Careers: Students’ Participation in and Use of Career-Focused Learning Activities Year: 2003 Author: Joshua Haimson, John Deke
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Rising to the Challenge: Views on High School Graduates' Preparedness for College and Careers Year: 2015 Author: Achieve
Hart Research Associates, Public Opinion Strategies
Opening the Door Year: 2015 Author: Adria Steinberg, Cheryl Almeida
Jobs for the Future


Anthony Aldaz
New Mexico Workforce Connection
Patrick Arguelles
Albuquerque Public Schools
Doleswar Bhandari
Jeanette Brahl
Jennifer Brower
Cheryl Bryan
Central New Mexico Community College
Phillip Casaus
APS Education Foundation
Marisa Castaneda
Mr. Rick Cole
New Mexico MESA
Stacey Cooley
Central New Mexico Community College
Chris Dunkeson
Ann Edenfield Sweet
Wings for LIFE International
Martha Estrada
GEAR UP New Mexico
Elizabeth Exil
United Way of Central New Mexico
Rebekah Floryance
Career Enrichment Center & Early College Academy
Joy Forehand
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Daniel Garcia
Angelo Gonzales
Mission: Graduate
Deborah Good
University of New Mexico Center for Education Policy Research
Tim E. Gutierrez
UNM Student Services
Selena Hardy
Mission: Graduate
Leslie Hoffman
LEH Consulting Group, LLC
Mary Homan
New Mexico Gas Company
Stacy Johnston
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Ruth Juarez
Mission: Graduate/University of New Mexico
Kiran Katira
University of New Mexico
Leslie Kelly
Laguna Dept of Education/Laguna ES
Guido Kemp
Wells Fargo
Dan Kingston
PNM Resources
Derek Kuit
CEPR/Mission: Graduate
Charles Lehman
New Mexico Career Development Association
Krista Martinez
Junior Achievement of New Mexico, Inc.
Andrew Mathis
City of ABQ
Kevin McClelland
Boy Scouts of America - Great Southwest Council
Tracy McDaniel
Mission: Graduate
Jennifer McDonald
Central New Mexico Community College
Tony Monfiletto
New Mexico Center for School Leadership
Erin Muffoletto Baca
Muffoletto Government Relations, LLC
Jessica Nojek
New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Brian O'Connell
Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico
Emily Padilla
Mission: Graduate
Jim Pendergast
Kay Provolt
Katie Rarick
Teach For America
Suzan Reagan
Unm Bureau Of Business & Economic Research
Andrea Rivera-Smith
New Mexico State Personnel Office
Mariela Ruiz-Angel
City of Albuquerque Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
Theresa Schrecongost
Central New Mexico Community College
Kelly Seibert
Working Classroom
Christopher Shelby
Boy Scouts of America - Great Southwest Council
Michael Stanton
New Mexico Public Education Department
Sherry TenClay
Gary Tripp
Rio Rancho Public Schools
Lee Trussell
Center for Applied Entrepreneurial Studies
Eva Vigil
Sylvia Vigil-Raines
Cloverleaf Solutions, Inc.
Crystal Watson
US Foods
Lori Webster
Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation
Kate Williams
University of New Mexico
Teri Wimborne
Mission: Graduate
Laurel Wyckoff