On Friday, Oct. 4, 14 students from the UNM-LA Accelerate Technical Training program will attend a job placement workshop hosted by the University of New Mexico-Taos. The workshop, entitled “Unleashing Your Super Powers” will help students identify their unique strengths, hone their networking abilities, and build professional readiness skills.
The Accelerate Technical Training program provides students with resources and opportunities to be more successful in college, graduate on schedule, and gain an edge in their chosen careers. Funded by a Department of Energy grant and managed by the New Mexico Regional Development Corporation (RDC), Accelerate is hosted at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, the University of New Mexico-Taos, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, and Santa Fe Community College.
This is the third year of the Accelerate Technical Training and Job Placement program and will kick off by bringing more than 80 students together for the 4-hour workshop. Students will work with University administrators, business professionals, and Career Technical Advisors (CTA) to build confidence in identifying and communicating their strengths, which will assist them in their academic and professional endeavors.
Dr. Catherine “Kate” O’Neill, Executive Director of UNM-Taos, will launch the event with a keynote address, followed by a presentation on “Multiple Intelligences“ from Liddie Martinez, Director of CED Division/Government Relations of SOC Los Alamos. Dr. Randi Archuleta, Dean of Instruction at UNM-Taos, will facilitate group discussions.
Accelerate focuses on transitional workers with retraining needs and non-traditional students enrolled in technical certificate and 2-year degree programs. The program offers an innovative approach to increase technical degree completion, professional readiness skills, and job placement. Key components include a summer Math Camp to help students meet basic math requirements, the pro-active assistance of a Career Technical Advisor, and professional readiness development events to increase student’s interactions with regional employers.
In the first two years of the program, Accelerate CTAs worked with students to ensure that they had the basic professional readiness skills necessary to compete for jobs upon graduation. The program continues to train students on resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing skills, but plans to go a step further this year to prepare students for employment.
According to Carla Rachkowski, Accelerate Program Manager, “The fall workshop is intended to help students identify their unique strengths and abilities so they can be more effective in college, better communicators, and acquire an edge as they launch their careers. The knowledge students take from this workshop will be further developed in the spring when Accelerate provides strengths-based leadership training for students in the program.”