Running Start for Careers

Facilitating industry taught career pathway exploration for high school students designed to engage students, propel education and recruit workforce.

Mission: As we see the nature of the workforce shift to technology and industry at the same time that dropout rates and student disengagement rates are high, communities are turning to innovative approaches using anchor institutions in collaboration with a body of community stakeholders to keep students motivated and truly engaged in core curriculum. The mission of the Running Start for Careers program is to bring industry and education together for hands on learning with in-demand trades that build soft skills, teach industry applicable skillsets, and that create a spark within high school students , propelling them through gradation and into trades, college and beyond. The overall goal of RSFC is to create an environment that engages students and industry by creating programs that provide the skills employers need while creating an engaging and competitive career pathways exploration program that is flexible and scalable to meet the needs of the workforce.

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Thank you Monzano High School for inviting Running Start for Careers to your College and Career diner. #rsfc #collegeconnectnm #Fafsa

State Fair College and Career Day

Two of the Atrisco Heritage Foundation Vistas helping out today with RSFC! THANK YOU! (Press the arrows on the video to get the full experience of the fair) — at EXPO NM Home of the New Mexico State Fair.

Come out to the New Mexico State Fair today for College and Career Day. RSFC and NMDWS will be here until 3pm. Come out and find out more about college and career pathways. #nmstatefair #cabq #NMDWS #NMEAF

Thank you to Nusenda and RSFC Alumni for attending this gathering. Your presence is always appreciated.

Thank you Strada Education Network for the $100k grant awarded to Mayor Berry for Running Start for Careers. Some of our former interns/current employees were on hand today to tell their stories.

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ABQ lauded for innovative careers initiative

Thank you to everyone who attended the RSFC Press Conference this morning. A special thank you to Robin Brule from Nusenda Credit Union, President Dr. Katharine Winograd from CNM, our special guests from Strada Education Network and U.S. Conference of Mayors. Lastly, a huge thank you to all of our alumni especially Aaron Wadley-Child who gave a wonderful testimonial of his experience in this life changing program.
Registration is still open! If you are interested please visit your high school counselors or email CNM at [email protected], call 505-224-4764 or visit By Rick Nathanson / Journal Staff Writer • Credit a group of 16-year-old Valley High School students whose advice in 2007 to then state Rep. Richard J. Berry, resulted in the Running Start for Careers initiative. The program is a public-private collaboration between…

RSFC Award: 2017 U.S. Conference of Mayors | Strada Grant Award

This week Running Start for Careers received $100k grant for being an innovative educational initiative. Thank you Mayor Berry and all of our many partners for believing and investing in our students futures. Click below to watch the video presented at the US Conference of Mayors.

CNM Central New Mexico Community College Nusenda Foundation Associated Builders & Contractors New Mexico Chapter TriCore Reference Laboratories Albuquerque Police Department Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Centers of New Mexico UPublic Studios Albuquerque City Government Family and Community Services NMTC Women In Technology Volo Pervidi LLC Presbyterian Healthcare Services UNMH Hospital Atrisco Land Grant

2017 USCM/Strada Education Network National Education Pathways with a Purpose Grant Award Winner: Running Start for Careers Award Winner - Large City https:/...

A huge thank you to HB Construction and to our partner Associated Builders & Contractors New Mexico Chapter as students got out in the field at Onate Elementary School. All these students will have their core course in NCCER apprenticeship and their OSHA 10 card in just a few weeks. Need a summer construction intern? Running Start for Careers and ABCNM have you covered!

Thank you HB Construction for showing our Running Start for Careers students all the possibilities in construction! We had a great field trip at Onate Elementary School today! #webuildnm


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Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

Meaningful education for meaningful careers! Instructor helps a student participating in a woodworking manufacturing training program in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg Charlie Negron Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the thr...

Running Start spent a great afternoon with a great partner organization, Heritage Hotels and Resorts at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town! Students met GM Adrian Montoya, toured the back of the house, rooms and even got to try their hand at using the laundry ironing machine. A great organization that is HIRING! Thank you to Stacey Nash and the always welcoming crew at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town!


Absolutely True!

Expensive 4 year college isn't the only option after high school. -- Mike Rowe

'I Was Sick of Standing at a Machine and Doing the Same Thing All Day'

Great article about CTE schools retooling instruction to include soft skills & about the importance of skilled labor Schools near Detroit have reworked curriculum to include both technical and soft skills.

RSFC hospitality students touring the new Hotel Chaco, a Heritage Hotels and Resorts property, that is opening this spring in the Sawmill District Development. All reports were that it was an awesome experience. Can't wait to see it open!

One-on-One with Adrian Montoya of Hotel Albuquerque

Great Story about a great partner! Adrian always takes time to speak to Running Start students about his path to leadership, and his passion for hospitality ( and how great it is to work with Heritage Hotels and Resorts ) He was just 21 when he landed his first general manager gig for Heritage Hotels & Resorts

Running Start for Careers Spring 2017

Running Start for Careers Spring 2017 course are open for registration!!

High School focused Dual Credit Industry Taught Classes in:
*Carpentry *Plumbing *Drone Mapping *Film
*IT and Coding *Hospitality *Financial Services
*Vet Tech *Healthcare *Medical Laboratory Sciences
Learn about Jobs that PAY WELL and ARE IN DEMAND!

FREE TO High School Students. ENROLL TODAY!!! Central New Mexico Community College

Thinking about post-grad plans or a new step in your career? AmeriCorps might be just what you're looking for. Members serve the community for a year. Get paid a living allowance during your service and receive an educational award upon completion. Part time, 20hrs/wk.

Work with NM high school students to increase college and career readiness, improve soft skills and grow local workforce through the City of Albuquerque’s innovative Running Start for Careers (RSFC) and ABC Community Schools (ABC) programs.


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Mike on the Skills Gap

Right on the money! and to top it off, nearly 30% of students coming out of a 2 year or less skilled vocational program earn MORE than students graduating with 4 year degrees from nationally recognized schools

Mike talks about why closing the skills gap is so important to him.

Profoundly Disconnected

What a great foundation started by Mike Rowe! mikeroweWORKS Check out this site.
* A trillion dollars in student loans.
* Record high unemployment.
* Three million good jobs that no one seems to want.

Running Start for Careers highlighted at Mayor Berry's 7th State of the City address. With the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council.

Celebrating #NationalApprenticeshipWeek with our great partner Associated Builders and Contractors with Lt. Governor John Sanchez.

@heritagehotels... RSFC Students learning about flexible communication centers spaces

Photos from Running Start for Careers's post

Heritage Hotels and Resorts President Adrian Perez speaking to our hospitality students about setting themselves apart and Stacey Nash, HR Director giving our students a great tour of Gardunos and the banquet facilities. The Hospitality industry in New Mexico is a 6.5 billion dollar industry in and employs 1 and 12 people in the state... What a great opportunity for our students in Albuquerque!

Running Start for Careers |

Classes are still open! Don't forget to register at Courses Running Start courses are INDUSTRY TAUGHT career pathway courses. In most cases they earn both high school and college credit, and they are FREE to high school students. Courses Vision Facilitate industry driven career pathway exploration designed to engage students, propel education and rec...

Two of our finest promoting our criminal justice RSFC course.

Smokey the Bear supporting our public safety careers. @NMDWS

Come join the fun at the NM State Fair with NM Workforce Solutions, CABQ Vistas, and RSFC.

Running Start for Careers |

# 1 industry in NM? Government.
#2? Hospitality - 1- in - 12 jobs in the state = a $90 BILLION industry to NM - and our partner is only the LARGEST privately owned hotelier in the state! Heritage Hotels and Resorts learn more and register at Classes start 9/19, so register today! Courses Running Start courses are INDUSTRY TAUGHT career pathway courses. In most cases they earn both high school and college credit, and they are FREE to high school students. Courses Vision Facilitate industry driven career pathway exploration designed to engage students, propel education and rec...

Get your students enrolled today! Classes start 9/19!
Great press conference today with so many great partners... Atrisco Heritage Foundation , Nusenda Credit Union, TriCore Reference Laboratories , CNM Central New Mexico Community College, Heritage Hotels and Resorts , Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors , Associated Builders & Contractors New Mexico Chapter, Volo Pervidi LLC, , UPublic Studios, Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Centers of New Mexico, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, UNMH, Family & Community Services and many more!

Running Start for Careers - an Initiative of the City of Albuquerque

Student engagement through collaboration. Learn More about Running Start for Careers through our new Promotional video!

Student Engagement Through Collaboration Visit to learn more. Running Start for Careers Vision Statement Facilitate in...

Running Start for Careers |

Running Start for Careers classes start September 19th! Don't miss out on hands on learning taught by industry leaders, and numerous opportunities right out of high school! Go to today! Courses Running Start courses are INDUSTRY TAUGHT career pathway courses. In most cases they earn both high school and college credit, and they are FREE to high school students. Courses Vision Facilitate industry driven career pathway exploration designed to engage students, propel education and rec...

This summer, students from our Construction, Electrical and Pluming courses will have the chance to work in PAID internships - that could lead to apprenticeship and JOBS right our of high school.

Not only that, they will get the OSHA 10 card and their first year of apprenticeship!!

Know a student that could use a Running Start toward their career? Get them engaged!

Don't Delay - classes start September 19th!
Visit today to learn more and register today!

What are YOU going to do when you graduate high school? Got plans? You do now! Classes Start September 19th! 12 different industries to choose from!

[08/29/16]   16 Courses, 12 industries, so many great partners! Most Classes start September 19th so there is still time to register! Don't delay - if you are in high school, you can get a running start on your career today!

CNM Central New Mexico Community College; Nusenda Foundation; Associated Builders & Contractors New Mexico Chapter; TriCore Reference Laboratories; Albuquerque Police Department; Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors; Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Centers of New Mexico; UPublic Studios; Family & Community Services; NMTC Women In Technology; Volo Pervidi LLC; Presbyterian Healthcare Services; UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital
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TriCore Reference Laboratories

Great partners like TriCore Reference Laboratories and CNM Central New Mexico Community College, Atrisco Heritage Foundation, Heritage Hotels and Resorts. Associated Builders & Contractors New Mexico Chapter, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Volo Pervidi LLC, Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Centers of New Mexico, Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors, Albuquerque Police Department, UPublic Studios are making a difference in the live of our youth!

Give a high school student you know a chance at a Running Start today. visit to learn more!

Working along side Running Start for Careers to build a better future for our kids! If you have a Junior or Senior in high school and looking at dual credit options, TriCore Reference Laboratories has a few openings left in it's Medical Lab Sciences class.

Interested in a career as an Electrician? Head to our website today to sign up for courses in the Electrical field, and more!

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