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Mission: Graduate gets new executive director

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jessica Nojek, formerly the statewide youth engagement coordinator at the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, has been named the new executive director of Mission: Graduate.

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Jessica Nojek has been named the new executive director of Mission: Graduate. She previously worked as the statewide youth engagement coordinator at the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions. (Photo courtesy of United Way of Central New Mexico)

The appointment was announced Monday by the United Way of Central New Mexico. Mission: Graduate is an initiative of United Way of Central New Mexico.

Nojek will oversee a team of employees under the leadership of UWCNM’s chief strategy officer, Angelo Gonzales, whom Nojek is replacing as Mission: Graduate’s executive director.

“Jessica has been a longtime partner and friend to Mission: Graduate, serving as a member of our Employer Engagement Team and actively participating in the Employment Network,” Gonzales said. “We know her passion for educational attainment for all young people will translate to more success for our region.”

In her previous position at the Department of Workforce Solutions, Nojek worked to empower young people through youth engagement, developed strategies to strengthen coordination between youth agencies and organizations, and promoted awareness of the unique workforce needs of New Mexico’s young people.

She also managed the creation and content for the state’s first online hub for internships.

Mission: Graduate is a cradle-to-career partnership of educators, employers, educational support providers, government leaders and citizens who are committed to the goal of 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates in central New Mexico by 2020.

Before her employment at the Department of Workforce Solution, Nojek worked for Innovate+Educate, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in Washington, D.C.

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