Resources for Providing Career Experiences for Students
You don't have to do it all by yourself. There are lots of organizations in New Mexico that offer resources
and support for educators to help students learn about career pathway development and experiment with occupations and jobs.
There are also lots of good things happening in New Mexico around program development, as well as across the U.S. Below are
just a few resources that offer peer to peer support in creating your own program or activities.
Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) — New Mexico
Contact Kay Provolt, State Director, email@example.com or 505-239-9270
JAG is committed to helping resolve our country's dropout and transition problems by expanding state
organizations and local programs that help young people greatest at risk overcome barriers to graduation from
high school and become college and career ready.
JAG Specialists are equipped with proven programs and unique services for middle school, high school and
out-of-school youth to stay in school through graduation from high school, pursue a collegiate education and/or
enter and advance in their chosen career field!
Junior Achievement (JA)
Contact Krista Martinez, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-342-6350
Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people, from elementary school to high school,
understand the economics of life. In partnership with business and educators, JA brings the real world to students,
opening their minds to their potential. At your invitation, JA helps arrange for business people and local community
leaders to visit your classroom a few times or throughout the semester. They volunteer to share their workforce
experience with your students, all while teaching sound economic principles and reinforcing your class curricula.
Running Start for Careers (RSFC)
Contact Andrew Mathis, Executive Director, email@example.com or 505-768-3000
An initiative created by Mayor Richard J. Berry and the City of Albuquerque, RSFC is a program that takes high school
students out of the classroom and into the real world to get a head start on a career. Junior and senior high school students
earn elective credits toward graduating, while obtaining job skills in industry specific, industry taught courses that highlight
career pathways for in demand jobs that are needed in our local economy. All APS high school students are eligible, many
classes have a paid, optional internship component.
Youth Development Inc. (YDI) — Education, Workforce & Training Division (EE&T)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-352-3469
Provides workforce development services to youth and young adults. EE&T serves over 3,000 youth and adults
per year providing tutoring, GED instruction, workforce training, Medicaid enrollment, leadership activities, mentoring,
job development and work experience.
Mission: Graduate (MG)
Mission: Graduate's vision is a world-class, seamless, and coordinated education system that provides
equitable opportunities for all children and youth to excel and succeed in school, graduate with a post-secondary
certificate or degree, and enter a career of their choosing in central New Mexico. MG works with many partners
including educators and employers to accomplish their big goal of 60,000 new college degrees and certificates
in central New Mexico by 2020.
To achieve their goal, MG is working with select local high schools to create internship programs that
will work with employers to learn career readiness skills. Please contact Mission: Graduate if you are an
employer wishing to participate or become a partner.
The Leadership High School Network (LHSN)
The Leadership High School Network (LHSN) is a network of cutting-edge, industry-focused schools in Albuquerque,
New Mexico. LHSN schools are based on robust and active industries in New Mexico and engage students through project-based
learning. The schools seek to provide students with the necessary skills to become successful professionals and meet the needs
of our future workforce. The design of these schools is grounded in a deep knowledge of industry from professionals, in the direct
engagement with LHSN schools and students, and in research and expertise from the Center for School Leadership.
Oregon Department of Education (ODE)
ODE awarded a grant through the Oregon state legislature for CTE revitalization to a local high school
and community college for the implementation/expansion of a dual credit internship program for students.