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Running Start for Careers

Information about Running Start for Careers, a high school retention and workforce development program.

Running Start for Careers is a coordinated public-private effort to decrease New Mexico's high school drop-out rate while creating and integrated system critical to our state's sustainable economic success.

Running Start for Careers programs utilize High school elective credits so that students who participate in the approved programs are able to graduate with their classmates while learning valuable skills in in-demand industries. Students who complete the program graduate with an industry certificate showing career development training or pre-apprenticeship that can be submitted to potential employers.

Classes are taught at either industry locations (association halls, union halls or other industry training facilities) or at other existing higher education facilities. Program industries, together with school administration, recruit, and select participants for their respective programs. Many course offer the opportunity to job shadow or intern with local companies follow successful completion of the course.

Running Start Programs

Running Start for Careers is offered all junior and senior high school students in the Albuquerque MSA. Classes are offered in the following industries:

  • Construction & Carpentry
  • Film Industry
  • Healthcare Services
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Plumbing
  • Veterinary Office Reception

New courses being added; check back often.

Running Start program are support and taught in conjunction with the support of industry partners that include the Association of Builders and Contractors, UPublic, Nusenda Federal Credit Union, TriCore Reference Laboratories and more.

Additional Industry partners and courses are targeted and will be made available. Our goal is to create a career exploration model that is scalable and that can be replicated statewide and nationwide to meet the needs students and industry in their local areas.

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