Bernadette Gomez, NNMC Student
Accelerate Students Win Travel Awards to Conference
Espanola - Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) students and faculty attended the national conference for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science in October, returning with new inspiration and recognition. Seven NNMC students, including two Accelerate students, won travel awards to attend the annual conference, which took place in San Antonio, Texas. Accelerate student, Justin Salazar, a biology major, was among four students presenting research at the conference. Accelerate student Bernadette Gomez was among three students who attended but did not present. "SACNAS is the one of the most important societies for the advancement of minorities in science today," Northern's Chair of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science Ulises Ricoy said. "The goal is to move these students toward positions of science leadership."
Accelerate Focuses on "The Real Reason College Grads Can't Get Hired"
A recent article entitled "The Real Reason College Grads Can't Get Hired" published by Time Magazine, substantiates what Accelerate team members and regional employers have known all along. A lack of "soft skills" and a lack of understanding about the fundamentals of office life are the biggest obstacles to students who seek entry-level employment.
Accelerate provides students with professional readiness training in the form of workshops, classes, and networking events throughout the academic year.
Accelerate Your Path to a New Career
Accelerate, Technical Training and Job Placement program can assist you while you earn your certificate or two-year degree at one of six Northern New Mexico Colleges.
Enroll in a designated degree and/or certificate program at Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, Santa Fe Community College University of New Mexico – Los Alamos, or University of New Mexico – Taos and Accelerate will help you to:
- Increase your confidence in your math abilities
- Receive tuition assistance and credit for basic-level math classes, plus a stipend
- Work one-on-one throughout the year with a career coach/advisor
- Attend events to meet and interact with regional employers
- Participate in a paid Fellowship while going to school
- Enhance your professional readiness skills before you graduate
This network of six Northern New Mexico colleges is offering a program of study and ongoing coaching that quickly prepares people of all ages and educational backgrounds for enhanced employment opportunities. The program also retrains workers in core technical areas for careers in a number of technology-related fields. Accelerate provides a first step toward obtaining jobs, as well as a flexible foundation for retraining as industries and employers innovate in the future.
Join the Accelerate program while going to college and you will have the opportunity to apply for tuition assistance, receive credit for some classes, enahnce your professional readiness skills, and earn stipends. You’ll also have a career advisor to pro-actively guide you in one on one meetings at school, introduce you to regional employers, help place you in internships, and assist with future employment or your continuing education. If you are a non-traditional student or worker interested in pursuing a certificate or 2-year degree program or are returning to college for career training, you are a good fit for the Accelerate program.