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New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PRESS RELEASE

April 8, 2003

Albuquerque Job Corps Approved to Grant High School Diplomas


(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Board of Education has approved the Albuquerque Job Corps to grant high school diplomas. The Job Corps was approved in January as a non-public degree granting postsecondary school.

"We hope to implement this program early in the summer," said Anna Marie Amonitello, business community liaison with the Job Corps.

The Albuquerque Job Corps is operated by Del-Jen, Inc., and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Job Corps is the nation's largest residential education and training program for socially/economically challenged youth, ages 16-24. The Albuquerque Job Corps is contracted to serve 415 youth, 80% residential and 20% nonresidential. On average, it serves 650 students each year.

Youth at the Job Corps are able to attain a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED), learn a trade and other valuable employability skills.

For more information, contact Dr. Emily Salazar at (505) 346-2562.