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NMSU, DACC partnership continues technology career mentoring program

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Diana V. Dugas, principal investigator for the CI:TraM project partnered with Dona Ana Community College to continue the program as a special topics course.

LAS CRUCES – It started in 2017 with a National Science Foundation grant. New Mexico State University was one of 12 universities in the country to receive the cyber-infrastructure training grant. But as the fourth year of NMSU’s Cyber Infrastructure Training and Mentoring (CI-TraM) program wrapped up at the end of July, a program called Career Exploration Training and Mentoring was already gearing up to take its place this fall.

One of the most popular parts of the program for high school students was career preparation and exploration. As part of the original CI-TraM team, NMSU taught students how to develop a network in the workplace, advance their technical skills, and take ownership of managing their career path.

“It makes a good transition from high school to DACC or to freshman year at the main campus,” said Diana V. Dugas, principal investigator for the CI-TraM project. “DACC is taking this program and running with it. Robert Mitchell is teaching two dual-credit courses this fall. He is using the CI-TraM curriculum, but modified it to comply with a DACC course.  The DACC course is continuing the career exploration and preparedness modules and expanding the tech modules.”

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