College and Career Readiness Bureau
120 South Federal Place, Room 207
Mailing: 300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501




Tech Prep

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High Schools That Work (HSTW)

Project Lead the Way

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The NM Apprenticeship Program, administered by the Public Education Department (Career-Technical and Workforce Education Bureau), falls under the state Apprenticeship Assistance Act, which authorizes the program, provides for an advisory committee, establishes criteria for training, and allows the division to make rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of the act.

Training programs are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA), and the State Apprenticeship Council (SAC).

The Public Education Department works in concert with both the BAT and SAC to promote and guide training programs.

Apprentices by County Map | AAA, Final Adopted Rule 12/31/09

Apprenticeship Assistance Program Summary

Apprenticeship is an informal educational method for training individuals in a skilled trade.

People have been transferring skills from one generation to another for centuries. A youth apprentice studied his chosen craft whether in a guild hall or on the job, perfecting skills under the watchful eyes of the craft masters.

At each step, an apprentice was expected to produce a piece of finished work that met certain standards.

The apprentice eventually achieved the status of craft worker and then journeyman and finally master in an exacting and lengthy process that made him a valued and respected member of society.

Today, the training involves an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker – “earning while learning”.

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.

Modern apprenticeship is occupation-oriented.

From the beginning, individuals enrolled in apprenticeship programs are placed in work environments where they earn while learning and gain on-the- job proficiency in their chosen trade.

Their wages and in most cases the cost of their training (e.g., instructor and supervisor salaries and books), as well as the facilities, equipment and supplies they use, are sponsored and largely paid by their employers, joint employer and labor groups, individual employers, industry and/or employer associations.

The Apprenticeship Assistance Act provides money to employers to help defray the cost of training apprentices, which in turn stimulates New Mexico’s economy. Any registered apprenticeship program registered through the State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) is eligible for these funds.

Apprenticeship Assistance Act
The purpose of the Apprenticeship Assistance Act is to assist registered apprenticeship programs in their training efforts to develop skilled craftsmen in occupations recognized by the OA and the SAC.

It was established to accommodate the social and economic needs of the adult citizens of New Mexico and to enhance the economic development of the state.

Promotion of Standards
The Office of Apprenticeship (OA) and the State Apprenticeship Council (SAC) encourage the inclusion of standards in apprenticeship contacts, and bring together employers and labor to create apprenticeship programs.

They also cooperate with other state agencies in formulating and promoting apprenticeship standards, and work closely with the Public Education Department’s College and Career Readiness Bureau on related instruction in apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship representatives explain in detail how an apprenticeship program operates, provide expert assistance in developing programs to fit specific needs, and act as liaison with local educational agencies to provide classroom and/or related instruction.

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Apprenticeship Training and Advisory Committee (ATAC) Minutes

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Apprenticeship Assistance Essential Links:

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Greta Schouman, Apprenticeship Director

Associated General Contractors - New Mexico Building Branch
Ralph A. Mora, Apprenticeship Coordinator

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers
Joseph Handley, Director of Apprenticeship

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 611 New Mexico
Jim Baca

JATC for the Electrical Industry
Hank Humistan, Director

New Mexico Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers
Marvin Duran

Southwest Carpenters Training Fund
Danny Lawlor, Coordinator

New Mexico Finishing Trades Institute
Bec Reins, Director of Training

New Mexico Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NMJATC)

Northern NM Independent Electrical Contractors
Valerie Martinez, Apprenticeship Director

Sheet Metal Workers LU #49 JATC
Jerry Arms

Southwestern Line Constructors AJATC
Janice Jones

Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., Southern New Mexico
Phyllis Franzoy, Executive Director

U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration Registered Apprenticeship Website - Office of Apprenticeship
Elisa Gallegos

Wagner Equipment Company
Kurt Bowers

Apprenticeship Assistance Contact Information

State Director of Apprenticeship College and Career Readiness Bureau
New Mexico Public Education Department
Mailing: 300 Don Gaspar
Office: 120 South Federal Place, Room 207
Santa Fe NM 87501-2786
(505) 827-3565
Louise Williams

Coordinating and Registration Agencies

State Apprenticeship Council
New Mexico Department of Labor
Silver Square
625 Silver Avenue SW, Suite 410
Albuquerque NM 87102
(505) 841-4406
Chris Romero

USDOL/Office of Apprenticeship
P O Box 140
500 Gold Avenue SW Suite 12001
Albuquerque, NM  87103
Phone No:  (505) 248-6530
Fax No:  (505) 248-6531
Elisa Gallegos

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Tech Prep

Tech Prep Programs are no longer funded through the Carl D. Perkins Grant.

Tech Prep New Mexico programs of study are developed through the collaboration of secondary and post secondary instructors in consultation with practitioners from business and industry.

Activities of the consortiums are periodically monitored by the State Tech Prep Director.

Tech Prep New Mexico Program Summary
Tech Prep New Mexico’s programs of study begin in the eleventh grade and continue through grade fourteen in a planned sequence of courses that are sequential, developmental and non-duplicative.

Upon successful completion the student is awarded an Associate Degree or two-year Certificate and has the option of entering the workforce, military or continuing their education through an apprenticeship program or college.

New Mexico’s Definition of a Tech Prep Student
The State of NM has identified priority program(s) of study in New Mexico that include or address programs such as Project Lead the Way; Ford’s Partnership for Advanced Studies and/or high tech industries that feature: Renewable energy, Biosciences, Aerospace or a “green initiative” in Manufacturing/Construction.

A Tech Prep student is enrolled in a secondary college preparatory technical major that has been identified as a Tech Prep program of study and is made up of sequential, developmental, non-duplicative courses encompassing grades 11-14, and leads to an Associate Degree or an Apprenticeship Journeyman classification.

Tech-Prep provides services to programs that meet the Perkins IV definition of career and technical education.

The services must be of sufficient size, scope and quality to be effective and must be focused on linking high school career and technical education programs to post secondary career and technical education programs including apprenticeship programs.

Tech Prep provides each student with:

• A career pathway with an identified sequence of courses which leads to employment, employability and technological skills
• Advanced occupational training identified in partnership with business and industry
• Articulated programs leading to certification and/or a degree
• A curriculum integrating academic and occupational learning and application

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 ~ Title II Tech Prep Education Grant

The Act requires that each of the consortiums implement the “Contents of Tech Prep Program,” Section 203c.

The Act also requires that each consortium will coordinate with all activities conducted with participating entities, under the Basic Grant.

Application must address and demonstrate identification of, adherence to, and implementation of the “Contents of Tech Prep Program” and appropriate level core indicators.

The grant shall contain a 4-year plan for the development and implementation of Tech Prep Programs under this title.

Every Tech Prep program under Perkins IV must clearly address the requirements of the State’s 5-Year Plan, the Act, and the PED Content Standards and Benchmarks for secondary schools.

By so doing, the Tech Prep consortium will be assured of compliance with the law, and will contribute to the overall vision of a viable and progressive Career-Technical Education System in New Mexico through secondary and post secondary linkages.

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Tech Prep

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High Schools That Work (HSTW)

Project Lead the Way

OCR / Federal Compliance

Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG)

Jobs for New Mexico Graduates, Inc. (JNMG) is a non-profit corporation supported by corporate and foundation contributions, public sector grants and participating school funds.

JAG and JNMG creates business, industry and education partnerships committed to achieve the mission of JAG.

The mission is to ensure that at-risk high school students remain in school, attain employability skills through classroom and work-based learning experiences during one or more years, graduate and receive twelve (12) months of follow-up services by the JNMG Job Specialist.

In the follow-up period, JAG participants are successfully transitioned into a career and/or pursue a post secondary education to enhance their career entry and advancement.

JAG New Mexico Program Summary
In 2012-2013, five locations were funded to operate the JAG program:

Mora High School
Bernalillo High School
Rio Rancho Independence High School
APS- Rio Grande High School
Zuni High School

In 2007-2008, the program transitioned to the leadership of the New Mexico Business Roundtable for Educational Excellence (NMBREE) to more fully develop the public private partnership originally envisioned.

NMBREE’s leadership of the program ensures the full rang of employment and career opportunities for youth, maximizing their long term success.

Through regular site reviews and accreditation, JAG ensures that Jobs for America’s Graduates –New Mexico meets or exceed the 90 percent graduation rates and overall 80 per cent success rates by the end of 12 months after leaving school ( on the job, in the military, and or higher education.)

The 25 years of experience of JAG, its statewide programs and the performance of JAG-New Mexico demonstrate the Value the program can have in serving New Mexico’s youth preparing them for work, post secondary education and adulthood.

JAG Essential Links
Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc.

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Tech Prep

Jobs for America's Graduates

High Schools That Work (HSTW)

Project Lead the Way

OCR / Federal Compliance


High Schools That Work (HSTW)


High Schools That Work (HSTW) is an effort-based school improvement initiative founded on the conviction that most students can master rigorous academic and career/technical studies if school leaders and teachers create an environment that motivates students to make an effort to succeed.

HSTW is a national, large-scale effort to engage state, district, and school leaders in partnerships with teachers, students, parents and their community to raise student achievement in the middle grades and high school.

To do this, HSTW focuses on high expectations and programs of study with rigorous concentration on academic and career/technical skills.

These programs of study are designed to provide students more access to intellectually challenging career/technical studies in high-demand fields that emphasize the higher-level mathematics, science, literacy and problem solving skills needed in the workplace and in further education.

Essential Links
South Western Regional Education Board
Principal's Webinar for HSTW

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Tech Prep

Jobs for America's Graduates

High Schools That Work (HSTW)

Project Lead the Way

OCR / Federal Compliance


Project Lead the Way (PTLW)

PLTW's formula is about building strategic partnerships among middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, and business and industry to provide students with the rigorous, relevant, reality - based knowledge necessary to pursue engineering or engineering technology programs in college.

PLTW 's middle and high school programs meet national standards for mathematics, science, technology education, and English language arts.

It also offers a complete career/technical concentration study program with an emphasis on both mathematics and science while linking it to quality academic/technical courses.

PLTW 's curricula make math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. This approach is called activities-based learning, project-based learning, and problem-based learning (or APPB-learning, for short).

Research shows that schools practicing APPB-learning experience an increase in student motivation, cooperative learning skills, higher-order thinking, and student achievement.

The key components of PLTW 's APPB-learning include:

  • Focusing students on one project over an extended period of time
  • Working cooperatively and effectively as a class or in small groups
  • Integrating mathematics, science, technology, and English language arts skills to solve complex problems

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Federal Compliance

New Mexico recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education are bound by federally mandated and regulated statutes to follow civil rights requirements in vocational programs.

The purpose of the office for Federal Compliance, a unit of the Career, Technical and Workforce Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department, is to provide assistance to these recipients and sub-recipients with meeting the basic expectations set forth by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Office for Federal Compliance works closely with the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on civil rights compliance issues impacting educational entities within the state of New Mexico.

Federal Compliance Program Summary
The Office for Federal Compliance monitors activities that fall within the following regulations:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap in any program or activity receiving federal assistance.

These civil rights laws extend to all state education agencies, all elementary and secondary school systems, colleges and universities, vocational schools, proprietary schools, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, libraries, and museums receiving U.S. Department of Education funds.

The Office also monitors:

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, prohibiting disability discrimination by public entities, including public school districts, public colleges and universities, public vocational schools, and public libraries, whether or not they receive Federal financial assistance

Age Discrimination Act of 1975, prohibiting age discrimination.

We assist parents, students, school personnel, schools and colleges with prevention of civil rights violations, and monitor civil rights concerns at the local level.

The Office for Federal Compliance is also responsible for compliance oversight of the Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006.

Federal Compliance Essential Links

United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights

National Research and Dissemination Centers

U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act

National Women’s Law Center

The Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA)

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