Innovate+Educate teams up with Santa Fe Community College and Los Alamos National Laboratory for STEM jobs based on skills to create a CAREER PREP Course

SANTA FE, NM - In cooperation with Innovate+Educate and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe Community College will offer a work place skills preparation class for those interested in an entry level job as an Engineering Systems Technician Level I or II at the Lab.  The low-cost class will cover skills in the areas of applied mathematics, reading for information, locating information, and listening for understanding. Los Alamos National Laboratory Staff will also present an overview of the Lab, the Engineering Systems Technician job descriptions, minimum qualifications for the jobs, and requirements for applying (cover letter, resume, interview, and how to navigate the online application system). The boot camp will conclude with the students taking the WorkKeys skill assessment.

Boot camp participants must first take one of the Career 101 Skill up assessments in the Santa Fe Community College Testing Center on a drop-in basis between 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on either July 25 or July 29.  The LANL Career Prep will run from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on August 1 - 4 and the following week from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on August 8 -11. To register for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Career Prep, call the Santa Fe Community College's Continuing Education office at 505-428-1676. The course number is SC 342 01/CRN 10703. The deadline to register is Friday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m. There is a $49 registration fee. 

This Los Alamos National Laboratory Career Prep course will train individuals looking to apply for the Engineered Systems Tech Level 1 and 2.  The student will receive a certificate, two weeks of skills preparations and work skills knowledge, and have the opportunity to convert that into a career with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. A job is not guaranteed with this course, but it is a big step towards obtaining a position with Los Alamos National Laboratory.  A WorkKeys certificate will clearly exhibit the skills you have to meet the job qualifications. 

"At Innovate+Educate, we are always looking for ways to build partnerships to create more opportunities in the community,” stated Jamai Blivin, CEO of Innovate+Educate. “We are delighted to work with Santa Fe Community College and Los Alamos National Labs on this great endeavor that will help connect many people with a career. This was all sparked by an idea just a few months ago by our Director of New Mexico Operations, David Romero, and it is now becoming a reality. Attaining a career with the labs can prove a challenge for some because they do not meet all the qualifications, but this public-private partnership will present a huge opportunity for candidates. And filling the vacancies for Los Alamos National Labs may be easier now more than ever with the help of SFCC in preparing the future workforce.”

"Creating pipelines to address future workforce needs is crucial to ensuring that Los Alamos National Laboratory meets it mission needs and continues to serve the nation," said C.J. Bacino, Diversity and Strategic Staffing Manager at Los Alamos National Labs. "The Los Alamos National Lab Career Prep initiative with Santa Fe Community College also aligns with two of our goals – fostering excellence in science and engineering disciplines essential for national security missions, and attracting, inspiring and developing world-class talent to ensure a vital future workforce." 

“Santa Fe Community College is thrilled to partner in this project that will help meet the workforce demands in our area,” said Camilla Bustamante, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Trades, Technology and Sustainability with the Santa Fe Community College. “It’s a terrific opportunity for our students and members of the community, who would like to develop skills for an exciting technical career.”


About Innovate+Educate

Innovate+Educate (I+E) is a national, non-profit organization implementing evidence-based, employer-led strategies to drive competency-based training and hiring for in-demand jobs. I+E is led by a Board of Directors from top industry across 35 states. For more information, visit

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos's mission is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence. The Lab has a proud history and heritage of more than 70 years of science and innovation. For more information, visit

About Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe Community College is a public two-year comprehensive community college located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The school has an undergraduate population of about 6,300 students. The college offers more than 100 degrees and certificate programs. For more information, visit