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Current Issue:  May 6, 2002
Volume 37, Number 20

Continuing Ed teams with Hispano Chamber
Helps young and old finish high school, earn GED

The UNM Division of Continuing Education has teamed with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and Sandia National Laboratories to help young people who want the credits necessary to return to school or earn a GED as well as working and non-working adults who have specific career development needs.

UNM Continuing Education recently became the fiscal agent for the $250,000 that was legislated to equip and furnish a computer laboratory at the Hispano Chamber’s offices to create the Barelas Job Opportunity Center (BJOC). UNM Continuing Education also assisted the BJOC with the technology planning and installation.The lab has 20 state-of-the-art computers and a staff of three.

Short-term workshops or classes are offered on flexible schedules, including evenings and weekends, to help the business community, students and others meet a variety of needs.

A free monthly series of Business and Technology classes will be held at the BJOC beginning this month. Each two-hour seminar, taught by UNM Continuing Education instructors, will focus on topics such as database techniques for your business, web page design and promotion, and mail merge features.

“Because our goal is to provide the client with the specific course needed at a convenient time, we are highly flexible and will schedule courses in the evening and on the weekends when necessary,” says Chamber President Loretta Armenta.

"...future plans include providing additional training by the division in leadership and management skills."

Associate Dean Eduardo Rodriguez

“The center is located in the heart of Barelas and is uniquely positioned to respond directly to the neighborhood,” she says. “For example, we have an on-going partnership with UNM Continuing Education that affords Career Works students—students funded through the Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) program—who live in and around Barelas the opportunity to take the classes they need in the chamber’s BJOC classroom or computer lab.”

The BJOC is expected to provide significant help in revitalizing the neighborhood. In fact, “the UNM Continuing Education Career Works program has a case manager on-site at the BJOC to assist the small business oriented TANF client with specialized training using the computer lab,” said UNM Continuing Education Associate Dean Eduardo Rodriquez.

Rodriguez provided guidance and technical assistance on curriculum and business concepts to be used for the small business member and other BJOC clients.

“Our future plans include providing additional training by the division in leadership and management skills as the need arises, especially when the impact is on economic development,” he said.