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Running Start for Careers Expands Pre-Apprenticeship Program

New Electrical Careers course added through CNM & NNMIEC partnership

April 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, NM –Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry announced the addition of the Running Start for Electrical Careers course to the growing number of offerings within the City’s Running Start for Careers (RSFC) high school dual credit career pathways program. In partnership with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and Northern New Mexico Independent Contractors, Inc. (NNMIEC), the program engages high school juniors and seniors with the electric industry specific skills which put them on the path to a two year program offered through the college and a career in the electrical field.

The new course, taught by the professionals at NNMIEC, will put students on a path to pursue the association’s apprenticeship program while pursuing an associate’s degree from CNM. The two semester course will begin fall 2016 to prepare students to test out of the first year of NNMIEC’s 4 year apprenticeship program. The course will cover electrical theory, circuitry and code, job site safety training (OSHA 10 and NFPA70E), and blue print reading. Students will develop time management skills, learn to work as a team, and will receive the “tools of the trade”.

“Figuratively and literally, this new apprenticeship program will provide them with electrician tools to keep for their own,” remarked NNMIEC Executive Director, Ron Alley. “Our membership at NNMIEC is excited to be a part of Running Start for Careers as we prepare and mold the future of our industry.”

“Running Start for Careers is an innovative program that provides students the opportunity to learn real life career skills from industry experts while allowing industry to teach their desired skills to their future workplace associates. It’s a win-win situation that helps all those involved while adding value to the local economy,” said Mayor Berry. “Welcome NNMIEC to Running Start for Careers. I know this new partnership will open many new opportunities for our youth.”

“Together with the City of Albuquerque, we’re committed to supporting our trade industries and look forward to building on our existing relationship with the City and NNMIEC,” said Dr. Katharine Winograd, CNM President. “Together, we want to expose our community’s next generation of electrical professionals to the great opportunities that exist for them here in central New Mexico and beyond.”

The new course will officially kick off this fall. The complete fall schedule will be available in mid-May, in time for students to register in July. Students and parents interested in getting enrolled in the courses are encouraged to visit to learn more and request to receive notification when the courses are announced and are open to registration.



The program Running Start for Careers, created by Mayor Richard J. Berry, allows high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to earn dual-credit hours toward graduation while obtaining valuable work skills and on-the-job training in high demand industries.  Students graduate with an industry certificate showing pre-apprenticeship or career development training that could be submitted to potential employers.  The program incorporates technical training, real world hands on experience, and soft skills without burdening the state with large capital investments or operational costs. To date the program has served over 700 students.