ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Come January, the first students enlisted in Central New Mexico Community College’s new information technology apprenticeship program will be headed to jobs at three local firms.
Rural Sourcing Inc., Abba Technologies and Unity BPO all have signed commitments to hire their first apprentices early next year through the program, which CNM announced in fall 2015 after receiving a $3 million U.S. Department of Labor grant. The program will allow students to immediately begin paid, full-time positions at participating companies while receiving classroom instruction, coaching and mentorship.
CNM expects a dozen more companies to sign on in coming months. It aims to place 300 students in apprenticeships by 2020, said program director director Sue Buffington.