The story of the education-to-career opportunity afforded by continued investment in Spaceport America cannot be overstated.
At the Department of Higher Education, we are very in tune with the changing needs of the workforce and are constantly striving with higher education institutions, regional partners and employers to meet those needs.
Recently, when Virgin Atlantic announced its expanded home operations at Spaceport America, Lexy Snell shared her story of just how real and important the work of connecting the dots throughout our institutions is. Lexy’s story is truly that of the American dream and a big way in which New Mexicans have the chance to experience a similar story of success.
Lexy now works for Virgin Galactic and was part of the team that put its Unity rocket into space this year. She did not start out knowing that was her path, moving frequently as a child, as so many New Mexicans experience. She eventually found her way to Central New Mexico Community College’s aviation tech program, where she became the second woman to graduate from the program. Now, she is part of a team making history at Spaceport America.
Lexy’s story is one we can repeatedly see in New Mexico as more and more companies make their home at Spaceport America.
And we as a state must continue to capitalize on this opportunity.