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Albuquerque native Matthew McCarthy, 29, kicked around in a number of odd jobs since graduating high school, with stints in retail outlets and a call center.
But since September, he’s been working full time as a computer and networking specialist at LDD Consulting, a small information technology firm that builds and manages IT systems for schools, organizations and businesses in Albuquerque.
LDD hired him as an apprentice through Central New Mexico Community College’s Information Technology Apprenticeship Program, a novel initiative that the college launched in 2016 with a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The program places IT trainees directly in paying jobs with participating employers, who provide on-the-job training with experienced mentors. CNM provides free classroom instruction for the apprentices and pays for all their learning materials and certification exams to qualify them as trained professionals in their chosen IT fields.