WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. The Workforce Connection Youth Office in Otero County helps facilitate this important program for teen and youth participants, building the future workforce of our region.
Alamogordo, NM – Emerging Technology Ventures (ETV) Inc. is partnering with recent legislative act, WIOA, the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system which focuses on authorizing programs for specific vulnerable populations. The WIOA provides services for youth and young adults ages 16-24 beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education. ETV chooses programs such as the WIOA to align with the missions and needs of the Autonomous and Unmanned Systems Cluster to ensure a sustainable workforce is available to support the continued economic growth of the region.
ETV is excited to partner with the local WIOA Youth Career Development Specialist to provide high-tech internship opportunities to youth in their Alamogordo office. Through the internships, the young adult participants are able to explore career options in the industry and develop skills training in rising demand occupations. Additionally, ETV personnel are working to mentor and guide teens in the program, and help them prepare for post-secondary education through enhancing their skill sets for real life career scenarios.
“We at Region IX and WIOA are honored to be partners with ETV. As a program that strives to place youth in meaningful work experience opportunities, it is difficult to find a place that is willing to provide our youth this type of opportunity. Jordan, our participant who is working at ETV wants to work in this field as an adult. With the experience that ETV is providing him, it allows him the opportunity to develop experience that will not only help him in his future career, but will also give him an advantage with his college classes. Given that careers in the IT and Electronics/Engineering fields are growing, it is important that our youth receive the chance to develop some skills in these areas. Thanks to businesses like ETV, we are able to provide our youth with meaningful job exploration while developing a good work ethic. Cliff, Richard and the other ETV staff have made partnering with them a joy to work with. They have proven to be a great asset to our community,” Carie Hayhurst, WIOA Youth Career Development Specialist stated of the experience working with ETV.
Jordan Gonzalez, current Alamogordo High School Junior and WIOA Program participant, stated “Working under the guidance of ETV has given me an opportunity to experience what the real working world is like that I will have to enter as I move from high school to college. Though I was always interested in Technician work and pursuing a STEM career, the work that I have been doing at ETV has really grown my passion for robotics and automation and fostered my desire to work in a technically challenging industry in my future career.”
“Being able to participate in an outstanding program like WIOA has been an absolute pleasure, as it really aligns with one of the key tenets that both our company and the Autonomous and Unmanned Systems Cluster are founded on, growing the workforce for the region. As a growing high-tech, high-skills focused small business, we need a capable, technically prepared workforce in order for us to expand and be a leader in robotics and autonomy. More importantly, to successfully engage with other companies through the cluster and attract them to the region, that baseline of a skilled workforce needs to exist. We hope that by giving students the ability to work on exciting engineering projects in a cohesive team-based environment they will get a taste of what they will face when they enter the job market. Hopefully it will also spur their imaginations and they can pursue a STEM related field so they can stay in Alamogordo or the region and pursue exciting opportunities.” Del Mackey, Project Manager Emerging Technology Ventures Inc.
The partnership with the local WIOA Youth Career Development program enables ETV to continue to diversify their relationships and reach the next generation for a continued workforce success and industry development. By inviting teens to get involved and engaged with the high-tech industry and discover future career opportunities, ETV hopes to instill new passion and creativity for the future workforce. This aligns with the development and growth of the AUSC cluster members in furthering the industry need of trained employees in the high tech career fields.
About Emerging Technology Ventures:
ETV, headquartered in Alamogordo, New Mexico with operations in Roswell, New Mexico is woman-owned small business focused on the development of integrated, cross-domain unmanned systems solutions. The AUSC is a U.S. Small Business Administration supported Regional Innovation Cluster focused on the start-up and growth of small businesses developing autonomous and unmanned system technologies in southeastern New Mexico.