Santa Fe Community College Office of Continuing Education and Contract Training is offering a FREE five-day, hands-on intensive program PROTEC that will give students the opportunity to earn three certifications from the national Fiber Optic Association recognized throughout the world and aligned to industry standards. These credentials will remain valid for three years, after which they can be renewed by the student. Students can earn the following certifications: Certified Fiber Optic Technician, Certified Fiber Optic Specialist in Splicing, and Certified Fiber Optic Specialists in Testing and Maintenance.
Students must be able to distinguish colors and have good finger dexterity, but no prior workforce training is required. Participants must be:
Three PROTEC Certified Fiber Optic Technician bootcamps are scheduled for
To learn more or apply, visit www.protecsantafe.com
The New Mexico Public Education Department launched the Summer Enrichment Internship Program to provide real-life learning opportunities for high school students throughout the state. More than 26 counties and tribes will be hosting paid student interns during the summer of 2021.
To learn more, visit www.nminterns.com
Santa Fe Community College launched the PROTEC program this spring. In its third year, PROTEC will offer online training sessions in Tech-for-business platforms as well as optional paid internships this summer. Participants will hone their skills in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel, while also learning a few basics about website-making and social media marketing in addition to refining their resume and interviewing skills.
San Diego-Imperial COE (Center of Excellence) recently published a newsletter containing insightful research from employers reporting on what skills and qualifications they look for in potential employees. The full newsletter can be read on our Resources Page, and the report can be read HERE.
We know things are crazy and uncertain right now, but it's even more important these days to stay focused on the future—even if we don't know exactly what that will look like yet.
In that spirit, we've partnered with the City of Santa Fe to host a free Santa Fe Internship Zoom series from 1-2pm every Tuesday between April 14 and May 5, 2020. Each session will feature:
Ya’el Chaikind from Santa Fe Community College's PILAS Internship program.
Space is limited, so save your spot now! Registration is free, and you'll receive a Zoom invite by email on the Monday before the session.
Upcoming Santa Fe Internship Zoom Sessions
Tuesday, April 21: Xerb TV
Tuesday, April 28: Parting Stone
Tuesday, May 5: TBA
Are you an employer? Are you interested in being the featured speaker at an upcoming internship zoom? Let us know!
The Facebook Career Connections program is getting started in only two locations nationwide and Northern New Mexico is one of them! 100 participants will be chosen to participate in Facebook's online training program in Digital Marketing and then will be placed in paid internships in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. To learn more or to consider participating as a student OR as a business partner,
153 PASEO DE PERALTA, SANTA FE, NM 87501
The Santa Fe City Office of Economic Development teamed with local organizations and employers to host the Santa Fe Intern Mixer on Monday, December 30, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm at the The Alley in De Vargas Center Mall at 153 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe. To read about the event, visit this link to the article in the Santa Fe New Mexican entitled "Intern job fair seeks to keep New Mexicans in state," by Dillon Mullan.
VITAL SPACES’ PROGRAM DIRECTOR HANNAH YOHALEM RETURNS TO SANTA FE
TO HELP BUILD THE FUTURE OF THE CITY’S ARTS COMMUNITY—AND HER OWN.
Like many who were born and raised in Santa Fe, Hannah Yohalem was anxious to leave town and explore a wider world when she graduated from high school. By the time she arrived at Harvard University to study the history of art and architecture, she had all but written off New Mexico as a place to build her career after college.
“It’s not that I didn’t want to return,” Yohalem said, “I’ve always loved New Mexico. But I didn’t see many work opportunities here for me.”
After earning her B.A. at Harvard, she moved on to Princeton, where she earned a master’s degree in Art History and Criticism in 2014, then was immediately accepted as a PhD candidate with Princeton’s Arts & Archeology department.
“Back then I had always assumed I would end up working in a big museum,” she said, “but I was starting to realize that the hierarchy there is so narrow and limited.”
After a few years working in internships and fellowships in New York and Washington D.C., Yohalem left the east coast for Los Angeles in 2018 to work as a field organizer on Katie Hill’s congressional campaign. It was there she started to see the intersecting possibilities of art and politics, which made her think of Santa Fe. “Santa Fe is a huge arts community, but it’s also the state capitol,” she said. “So I started thinking about the possibilities in that.”
She began looking for opportunities in the Santa Fe arts and non-profit sectors, finding more interesting possibilities than she expected to, then came across the opening for a program director at Vital Spaces—a local arts non-profit focused on creating accessible, affordable spaces and opportunities for growth and collaboration for underrepresented artists, forms, and ideas.
She applied, was offered the job, and moved back to Santa Fe in October 2019.
Now, Yohalem is steeped in exactly the kind of mix of arts and politics that she had been pulled toward back in Los Angeles. She’s meeting with city councilors, collaborating with the City’s economic development team, and working closely with other non-profits to open up space—literally and figuratively—for underrepresented artists in Santa Fe.
“It’s exciting to be working with a very small organization, and with other small and scrappy organizations,” she said. “You have more creative freedom and control to make things happen quickly.”
Yohalem feels she has come full circle from the restlessness that sent her away in search of the mega-metropolitan experience when she graduated high school, though she admits she had to go out and experience those places first before that desire had room to return.
“Santa Fe feels different to me now than it did when I was growing up. It feels younger and more interesting, and more attractive to me than so many other places,” she said. “There’s a lot happening here.”
To her fellow homegrown Santa Fe students who are thinking about where and who they want to be after college, Yohalem recommends reframing the question from who you want to be to what you want to be doing in the world. In a smaller but growing town like Santa Fe, especially when you have existing networks here, creative people can find more open doors and flexible pathways to the things they’re interested in doing than in bigger cities. And she’s careful to note that it’s not about settling or defeat, but about exploring and maturing.
“I think people are sometimes afraid to move home because they think it means they’ve failed. Friends who have moved back say they were worried about that at first, like it meant they couldn’t make it out there on their own. But it’s not like that. It’s about being more honest with yourself about what you truly want.”
Community members meet with Facebook project manager, PeiPei Zhou to discuss the launch of Facebook Career Connections.
"Career Connections supports local employers’ ability to hire and retain emerging talent in their local community, thereby nurturing the next generation of the workforce while increasing local economic prosperity."
June 1 to August 1, 2019, (76) youth were placed in internships and employment opportunities across Rio Arriba County, the City of Espanola and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.
Summer Youth Empowerment Project+
internships, service learning, and leadership training
Northern New Mexico College
Española Public Schools
National Park Service
Tewa Women United
Moving Arts Española
Wild Life Center
Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project
Los Luceros Historic Ranch
Healthy Kids-Department of Health and Human Services
Las Cumbres Family Service,
Rio Arriba Community Health Council
HELP New Mexico
Work Force Connections/SER Jobs for Progress
Guadalupe Credit Union
Moving Arts Española
Rio Arriba County (HELP NM):
Eight (8) Youth Interns;
2 Boys and 6 Girls; Ages 16-18.
Moving Arts Española (MAE):
Thirteen (13) Youth Interns Mentors;
5 Boys and 8 Girls; Ages 13-24.
Project RACE (City of Española):
Twenty-Five (25) Youth Interns;
12 Boys and 13 Girls; Ages 15-18.
Work Force Connections/SER Jobs for Progress:
Fifteen (15) Youth Interns;
8 Boys and 7 Girls; Ages 15-18.
Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project:
Fifteen (15) Youth Interns;
9 Boys and 6 Girls; Ages 16-17.
Total Youth Interns Engaged:
36 Boys and 40 Girls
New Mexico Career Academy is a community collaboration seeded and stewarded by CommUNITY Learning Network.