New Partnership Brings Electric Lineworker Training Facility to Rio Rancho Campus
The new Lineworker Electric Power Training Facility will be located on the Rio Rancho Campus. The training facility will be ready by October 2017, in time for NMRECA’s annual fall apprenticeship training session. There will be two apprenticeship trainings per year.
“This is great news for the Rio Rancho community,” said CNM Governing Board Member Tom Swisstack, who represents Rio Rancho. “The electric lineworker training facility will draw people from around the state to Rio Rancho. It will provide an economic boost for our city, and it will provide our Rio Rancho citizens with a direct pathway to quality jobs in this skilled profession.”
In addition to NMRECA’s apprenticeship trainings, CNM Ingenuity, a nonprofit that helps CNM pursue cooperative ventures in technology and entrepreneurship, will begin offering a pre-apprenticeship program in January 2018 for people interested in becoming an electric lineworker. The CNM Ingenuity pre-apprenticeship program will also be located at the Rio Rancho Campus and will run between 12 and 14 weeks with an additional 240 hours spent interning with one of the rural cooperatives. Participants will learn basic technical skills and required certifications in CPR/First Aid, Class A Commercial Driver License and OSHA. CNM Ingenuity plans to offer two training programs per year. If there’s industry demand for more, CNM will increase the number of programs per year.
“CNM and CNM Ingenuity are very excited that we could establish this partnership with NMRECA and help bring a crucial statewide training facility to the Rio Rancho community,” said Kyle Lee, executive director of CNM Ingenuity. “This training facility is vitally important to thousands of people across New Mexico, so we’re very proud that future electric lineworkers will gain their specialized skills at the Rio Rancho Campus.”
NMRECA is moving its training facility to Rio Rancho from its current location in Las Cruces.
NMRECA, organized in 1944, is headquartered in Santa Fe and represents the state’s 19 rural electric cooperatives and their members. New Mexico’s rural electric cooperatives provide vital utility services to over 211,000 New Mexico families and businesses who own their electric cooperatives.