Accelerate Helps Prepare Students for Careers
Jan. 30, 2015


Santa Fe, NM –Non-traditional technology and business students from six northern New Mexico colleges will have an opportunity practice the skills vital to finding and establishing a career that they love.  The Accelerate program is partnering with local and regional employers to host a one-day workshop for students graduating in 2015 with associate degree or certificate.  The event is titled “On Course to Your Career”.

Accelerate is a program of the Regional Development Corporation in collaboration with Santa Fe Community College, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, the University of New Mexico – Taos, and the University of New Mexico – Los Alamos.  Accelerate works with non-traditional students enrolled in technical certificate and two-year degree programs to increase academic successand professional readiness abilities.

Throughout the academic year, Accelerate’s Career Technical Advisors serve as coaches, advisors, and mentors to help students navigate through any issue that might affect their school work.  They also help students find internship opportunities and teach monthly professional readiness classes to prepare students for the workforce.  On Course to Your Career is the culmination of these classes, providing students with a dress rehearsal and constructive feedback from regional employers on their cover letter, resume, professional attire and interviewing skills.

According to Gerard J. Martínez, Career Technical Advisor at Santa Fe Community College, “Academics, technical knowledge and experience are vital competencies for our graduates.  However, soft skills are most critical for our students to acquire for their careers.  Regionally and nationally, possessing soft skills is the top qualification employers are looking for in a potential employee. “ On Course to Your Career is the culmination of these classes for graduating students.  It provides students with a dress rehearsal in which they receive constructive feedback on their cover letter, resume, and practice their networking and interviewing skills.

Representatives from around 25 regional companies and organizations will volunteer their time to work with more than 70 students in small group settings on resumes, elevator speeches, and mock interviews.

On Course to Your Career will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College.  Human resource and hiring managers interested in participating should email Gerard J. Martínez, Accelerate Career Technical Advisor at Santa Fe Community College at gerard.martinez@sfcc.edu.
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For specific details about Accelerate, contact Carla Rachkowski, Accelerate Program Manager, at Carla@rdcnm.org, or go to  www.AccelerateNM.org .

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