Innovate+Educate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Santa Fe Community College partner to create a pathway to career in Engineered Systems Technician position

SANTA FE, NM - In cooperation with Innovate+Educate and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Santa Fe Community College will offer a low-cost workplace skills preparation class for those interested in an entry level job as an Engineered Systems Technician Level I or II at the Lab.  This is a re-launch of a recent project launch, but course details have been changed to better fit students’ needs with classes on Saturdays and online modules. The 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 assistance/interview/how to navigate the online application system). All students will complete a WorkKeys skill assessment while taking the course. The boot camp will conclude with the students participating in an interview event with Los Alamos National Laboratory during the week of October 10, 2016.

The class will be 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays from September 10 through October 1. The 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, résumé, interview and how to navigate the online application system).  Students will also need to take the WorkKeys assessment in the Testing Center at the Santa Fe Community College during the week of October 3-7.  Testing center hours are Monday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The assessment takes about three hours so students should plan to complete the assessment during Testing Center hours.

To register for the Skill-Up Course: SC 343 01/CRN 2167, call 505-428-1676. Students do not have to be enrolled at Santa Fe Community College. The cost is $49 and is due at registration. The student will receive a certificate, four weeks of skills preparation and work skills knowledge, and have the opportunity to convert that into a career with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. This Skill-Up course does not offer a guaranteed job offer after course completion, but it does offer potential pathway to a career at the Lab and a vast career skills training. 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 Laboratory 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 Lab 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. Also filling the vacancies for Los Alamos National Laboratory 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 Laboratory. "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.”


For more information contact:             
Erin Muffoletto Baca
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Innovate+Educate
erin@innovate-educate.org
505-353-2362


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 www.innovate-educate.org

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 www.lanl.gov  

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 www.sfcc.edu