Having work experience before starting a new job can give anyone a leg up in the work world – and helping college and university students get that experience is the goal of a new online tool announced last week by Gov. Susana Martinez.
The “Students Work” portal, a joint effort of the Department of Workforce Solutions and the Higher Education Department, will allow students to search for internships and provide a way for businesses to look for interns who can fit their needs. The free service is expected to be available early next year.
“The difference these opportunities can make in our students’ professional development is huge,” state Education Secretary Barbara Damron said last week at Central New Mexico Community College.
The governor also is proposing a new full-time position within Workforce Solutions to work with businesses and promote how the portal can help them.
Also good news for information technology students at CNM will be internship opportunities starting in January. The college has received a $3 million federal American Apprenticeship grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to set up the program with the goal of creating 300 IT apprenticeships in central New Mexico over a three-year period.
CNM President Kathie Winograd said research shows students who have work opportunities are more likely to graduate because they see the benefit of getting a degree.