- Job research and applications
- Health care information
- Online educational opportunities for both children and adults
- Ease of comparing purchase prices and finding the best deals
- Manage finances or research other things that would be a benefit
Developing Something New and InnovativeThe NMITAP is run and maintained by CNM Ingenuity, Inc., a branch of the Central New Mexico Community College. The program was started after CNM received a 3 million dollar grant from the Department of Labor. The NMITAP team has been working hard in its first year and a half with employer partners and the State Apprenticeship Office to create the training programs. They’ve created the first Information Technology (IT) registered apprenticeship program in the state. In addition, most apprenticeships are run from a company or support organization. However, in this case, NMITAP has the resources of a community college behind them.
Offerings in the ProgramNMITAP currently offers three different program tracks:
- Customer User Support Specialist
- Network Support Technician
- Applications Developer
- Cyber Security Support Technician
- Medical Coder
Technology Training ProcessThe NMITAP team does most of the work. The process runs like this:
- The NMITAP recruits individuals to apply to the apprenticeship program. The program’s target market includes women, veterans, and the unemployed.
- The NMITAP recruits a business that’s interested in hiring apprentices.
- The business creates or has an open position for the apprentice, and pays them a wage.
- An apprentice starts at the business as a paid employee, receives on-the-job training, also receives program specific training in the form of free classes through NMITAP.
Working the SystemHow is it working so far? Melissa Huerta, HR Director at UnityBPO says, “We love it and it’s been really fruitful in fulfilling the job roles we needed.” UnityBPO hired six apprentices through the program for Computer User Support Specialists. They use job shadowing and on-the-job-training to teach new employees. The most important thing they’ve found is that these apprentices must have the ability to problem solve and are interested in learning.
NMTC Added ValueBuffington says she really appreciates her connection with New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC). Initially, NMITAP contracted with NMTC last year to promote the program. The NMTC set up information sessions; utilized their contacts, talked to employers, and got some employer interest. The NMTC also helped recruit potential apprentices. More recently, the NMITAP is partnering with the NMTC on marketing. The NMTC will promote them on social media in order to spread the word about the beneficial program. “They’ve been wonderful to work with,” says Buffington. The NMITAP is looking for more companies to sign on. If you’re a company and you need workers with knowledge in the tracks that NMITAP offers, contact them at email@example.com to see if this is a partnership for you.
Creating opportunity and community in 3D printingThere’s a lot going on in the field of 3D printing:
- Oversight: For example, anyone could make airplane parts using additive 3D printing, but who will regulate those parts to ensure that they are created to a safe standard?
- Education: Developing educational opportunities for younger students as well as those who want to work in the field.
- Policies: Policies concerning everything from environmental protections to user safety.
- Research: With this budding technology, there is still a lot of room for exploring. New materials are being tested and developed, who will create the next big material to change the future of additive manufacturing?
- Create stronger cooperation between companies, schools, and individuals involved in 3D printing in New Mexico.
- Foster cooperation between organizations to increase the benefits of 3D printing to New Mexico.
- Make a contribution to New Mexico STEM education in the area of 3D Printing.