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Community & Continuing Education


Note: All Spanish Colonial Furniture classes take place in the Woodshop on the El Rito Campus.

Strategic Planning Training
On the El Rito Campus
April 24-25, 2014, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration fee: $99
This training is for employees and managers of small or large businesses, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government agencies and others. The course will take you through a 10-step guide for the development of a strategic plan. 
For registration and information, contact Cecilia Romero at (505) 747-5477 or email
Adobe Construction Basics with Quentin Wilson

April 25, 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. & April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Class meets in the Old Diesel Shop on the El Rito Campus
Registration fee: $65

This class will cover the basics from foundations to walls and roofs of structures that meet the New Mexico Earthen Building Code. Information is aimed at individuals who want to design and build an adobe shed or castle and those who have found a romantic ruin to preserve and renovate.
For registration, contact Cecilia Romero at (505) 583-2356 or
Instructor Quentin Wilson can be reached at (505) 583-2356 or



Basic Spanish Colonial Woodcarving with David Vargas & Daniel Tafoya

Learn layout and carve basic, traditional Spanish Colonial designs. 
All levels welcome, from beginner to expert. 
April 21 – 25, 2014  Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4pm
June 23 – 27, 2014  Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4pm
July 14 – 18, 2014,  Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4pm
Registration fee: $100.00
Contact instructor David Vargas or Daniel Tafoya at (575) 581-4123 regarding materials fee
Spanish Colonial Chair Class with Instructor Ted Bruning
June 2-6, 2014
Registration Fee: $150 plus materials
Complete your own Spanish Colonial furniture project using traditional design elements under the instruction of lifelong woodworker Ted Bruning. 
To register or for more information:
Contact Cecilia Romero at 575 581.4117 or




Bilingual Strategies Language Institute Spanish Immersion Program
On the El Rito campus
April 27 - May 3, May 18 - 23,  June 1 - 7,  July 20 -26
Unlike the traditional classroom format and academic textbooks, this program uses the natural communicative approach: learning Spanish like you learned your first language. Evening sessions will include natural language activities in Spanish, including cooking, music, literature and social media. 
Contact Dr. Maria Dolores Gonzales at (505) 238-2466 or email 
Retablo Classes
June 9 - 13,  July 14 - 18 
Learn to paint in the tradition of northern Nw Mexico with natural pigments, homemade gesso and piñon varnish. Create your own spin on the retablo with inspiration from the saints. 
Kids College
June 9 - July 18
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- noon. $180
Registration and info at (505) 747-5477
For eight weeks, kids will participate in four hours of daily activities, including arts & crafts, puppet making, jewelry making, nature walks, dancing and more. Breakfast and lunch included. Class is limited to ages 3-9. 
Traditional New Mexican Folk Music Workshop 
May 27 - 31
Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. $199
Registration and Info at (505) 747-4117
Learn about the traditional folk music of northern New Mexico from veteran musician Dr. Cipriano Vigil. Vigil's music has been featured at the Smithsonian and he is a recipient of the Endowment for the Humanities Award, the Governor's Award, and a past nominee for the National Heritage Award. 


Community, Continuing Education Class Schedule coming soon. 




Learn more about Continuing Education classes in El Rito

For more information:
Contact Cecilia Romero:
ESPANOLA   505-747-5477
EL RITO 575-581-4117    



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Accelerate – Career Workshops

  • Career Basics
  • Résumé
  • Career Writing
  • Workshop & Career Fair 
  • Internship/Fellowship
  • Interviewing
  • Informational Interviewing
  • Networking
  • Job Search Strategy
  • Collaboration: Workplace Knowledge & Group Skills

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Open to All NNMC Students at No Cost 

Invest About 90 Minutes a Month in Your Future

If you want a job after graduation, start looking now and consider an internship! Since 2009, less than half of U.S. college graduates found jobs in the year after graduation. Students who interned were more likely to find jobs and earned 15% more than those who did not. (Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession, By Charley Stone, M.P.P., Carl Van Horn, Ph.D., Cliff Zukin, Ph.D., May 2012, Rutgers University)

For questions about this career preparation series contact Career Coach and Academic Advisor Christy Dammen at 747-5443,

Career Basics Workshop: How to Find Your Career, Take the Right Classes, and Retain Financial Aid

In this course you will take an online career assessment and learn where to find information on job salaries, availability, and requirements. Students will also learn about degree plans, NNMC’s catalog, transcripts, and how to avoid losing financial aid under strict new federal guidelines. After class, students will sign up for an appointment with the instructor to discuss career options and fall class schedules. Students MUST know their Banner login and password to attend.

Résumé Workshop: How to Write a Résumé that Excites Employers

In this course you will learn how to create a compelling and customized résumé.  Students MUST bring a correctly formatted electronic version of their resume (see After class, students will sign up for one-on-one appointments with the instructor to review their résumé as it relates to target employers in their career.

Pitch Workshop: How to Talk About Yourself so Employers Listen

In this course students will write a pitch telling stories about their skills, strengths and accomplishments. They will also learn how to dress for interview and networking success. Students will sign up for appointments with the instructor to practice delivering a pitch without notes.

Career Writing Workshop: Cover Letters, Thank You Notes, & References

In this course students will learn how to write traditional and T-Form cover letters, reference sheets, thank-you notes, and interview follow-up notes. Students MUST bring a job description in their career area to this class. (Look up descriptions at After class, students will sign up for appointments with the instructor to review their cover letter.

Workshop & Career Fair: Putting What You’ve Learned to the Test

In this course students will learn how to research and target companies of interest at a career fair. They will then attend a mock career fair and receive written feedback on their resume, pitch, dress, and knowledge of a company of interest to them. Students MUST bring copies of their resume, a reference sheet, and dress as if they were attending an interview.

Internship/Fellowship Workshop: How to Get Critical Career Experience

In this course students will begin writing an internship/fellowship proposal. Students MUST prepare for this class by researching how their degree/experience might interest an employer in their field. Students will sign up for appointments with the instructor to review their proposals. Accelerate students will compete for actual paid internships. Other students can use their proposals to interest employers in internships.

Interviewing Workshop: Winning the Job

In this course students will prepare for phone screens, one-on-one, and panel interviews. They will learn about behavioral interviews, STAR stories, and how to answer tough questions. They will also practice in small groups and get expert feedback. Students MUST come dressed for an interview and bring a résumé, reference list, and job description to this class.

Informational Interview Workshop: Interviewing Employers

In this course students will learn how to set up and conduct informational interviews with employees to learn about careers or get advice about how to get a job at that company. Students will draft questions and then turn in a report on an interview they conduct with an employer following the class.

Networking Workshop: 85% of Students Get Hired Through Someone They Know!

In this course, students will learn how to network effectively in person and how to create a LinkedIn Profile to expand their contacts. Students MUST bring an electronic version of their résumé to class.

Job Search Strategy Workshop: Strategies that Work

In this course students will learn how to create a job search activity plan and why just applying online only works about 15% of the time.  Students will learn how to target jobs that fit their skill and experience. They’ll also learn how going to parties and using ancient Chinese war strategies can be helpful.

Collaboration Workshop: Workplace Knowledge & Group Skills

Students will role-play collaboration in the workshop, competing with other teams to meet goals. Students will then evaluate their own skills in these exercises as well as others in the group. Students will also play learning games concerning workplace expectations


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