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The Accelerate Technical Training Program brings students a new approach to academic success. It offers ongoing coaching that quickly prepares people of all ages and educational backgrounds for enhanced employment opportunities in science technology engineering, mathematics (STEM), and business.
Accelerate provides a step toward obtaining jobs, as well as a flexible foundation for retraining as industries and employers innovate in the future. The program is available at six regional colleges including UNM-Los Alamos and UNM-Taos.
The program provides students with academic and career coaching, helps them connect with employers in their field and provides them with professional readiness training, UNM-LA Accelerate Coordinator Jackie La New said.
Twenty-three students participated in the program at UNM-LA during the 2011-2012 academic year, the first year the program was in place. La New is currently recruiting students for the 2012-2012 cohort.
UNM-LA students Jeff Bold, Fatima Pino and Ivette Jimenez participated in Accelerate this year. Bold graduated from UNM-LA with an Associate of Arts in Pre-Business Administration in May 2012. Pino also graduated in May. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technologies with a concentration in Nanotechnology. Both students will attend UNM in Albuquerque in the fall. Jimenez is pursuing an Associate of Arts in Pre-Business Administration and will continue in the Accelerate Program in 2012-2013.
One benefit of the program is getting to meet people from other colleges, the students agreed. The students attended an event in February at Santa Fe Community College that involved mock job interviews.