The program curriculum consists of classroom work, hands-on skills training, internship opportunities, and the opportunity to earn certifications. The curriculum is industry-led and influenced by the needs of local employers. As such, the specific skills being taught may vary with each cohort but the basic premise is the same - teach in-demand skills that will help Gallup and McKinley county residents to build long-term careers working for Gallup-area businesses.
The Greater Gallup Industrial Workforce Program has four main components. In addition, participants learn skills like time management, personal health and accountability.
The 80-hour curriculum exposes students to industrial employment. Graduates will receive a National Center for Construction Education and Research blue card, an OSHA 10-hour general industry completion card, a program completion certificate, and a letter of recommendation for employment.
2. Core Plus
This 160-hour curriculum delivers advanced instruction and training.
3. Adult Work Experience
Those in need of work experience can receive 160 hours of practical hands-on experience and be paid at least $9 an hour.
4. On-the-job Training
Workers may receive additional on-the-job training with 50 - 75% of their wages reimbursed to employers. This provides an additional incentive for local employers to hire workers in need of additional experience.
Once participants graduate from the program, Workforce Development Manager Johnny Gonzalez, will continue to work with them to find a job, get any additional certifications and ensure they are doing well in their new positions. “We are with students every step of the way. I stay in constant contact with them and make sure they have everything they need to succeed.”