Professional Skills and Community Engagement

Description

Professional Skills and Community Engagement is a department in the Office of Academic Affairs at UNM-Taos. The Department oversees the fun and exciting field of Career Technical Education and includes certificate programs in Commercial Drivers License, Hospitality, Culinary Arts, Computer Technology, Digital Graphic Design, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Office and Business Technology, Construction Technology, Wood Working and degrees in Pre Business and General Studies. The department prepares our students for entry into the workforce in Northern New Mexico and surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide Professional Readiness opportunities for our students including assistance with resumes, cover letters,  interview skills and professional clothing as well as curriculum designed to give students the skills that employers are seeking.

Degree Sheets 

  • Associate of Arts in Pre-Business Administration  

    Department Chair: Victoria Santistevan Gonzales
    Phone: 575.737.6231
    Email:  vsg@unm.edu
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    Associate of Arts in Pre-Business Administration
    The Associate of Arts in Pre-Business Administration is designed for students who plan to pursue further studies for a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at UNM Albuquerque’s Anderson School of Management or other Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programs.

    Associate of Arts in Pre-Business Administration 

  • Associate of Applied Science in General Studies 

    Department Chair: Victoria Santistevan Gonzales
    Phone: 575.737.6231
    Email:   vsg@unm.edu
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    Associate of Applied Science in General Studies
    Designed for students who wish to develop a program that is tailored to their own specific career goals. The program may combine both academic courses and career-technical courses. Most of the academic courses will be transferable to four-year institutions.

    Associate of Applied Science In General Studies 
  • Certificate In Business Computers 

    Program Coordinator: Joel Whitehead
    Phone: 575.737.6230
    Email:   joelw@unm.edu
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    Certificate in Business Computers
    Students gain hands-on laboratory training to prepare them for employment in Northern New Mexico, as well as to provide a basis for further study. The program emphasizes up-to-date PC applications that are used in a business office environment. The Internet is also an integral part of the Business Computer Certificate program. Key industrial and governmental employers in the area have endorsed our program.

    Certificate In Business Computers 
  • Certificate In Construction Technology  

    Program Coordinator: Mark Goldman
    Phone: 575.737.6225
    Email:  mgoldman01@unm.edu

    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    The Construction Technology Certificate provides students with the technical foundation required to compete in today’s construction field. Upon successful completion of the Construction Technology program, students will have the knowledge, skills and experience to identify, assess, and participate in many entry-level construction trades. Students may apply credit hours earned in this program toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in General Studies. The Construction Technology program has courses that can be divided into four concentration areas: General Construction, Welding Technology, Green Technology, and Electrical Technology.

    Certificate In Construction Technology 
  • Certificate In Culinary Arts  

    Program Coordiantor:Karla Nardi 
    Phone: 575.737.6225
    Email:   knardi@unm.edu
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    Certificate In Culinary Arts
      is a great preparatory experience for those interested in pursuing a career in the food service industry. The Culinary Arts program teaches basic food preparation, service, and innovative trends in the industry. Classes include classroom and internship experiences (table service experience and “back of the house” kitchen training). It is a hands on professional experience designed to provide students the skills they need for a career in Culinary Arts. All classes are conducted in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen.

    Certificate In Culinary Arts 
  • Commercial Driver’s License Training 

    Program Coordinator: Amos Chavez
    Phone: 575.770.8908
    Email:  amosc@unm.edu
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    Commercial Driver’s License Training
    The CDL program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and ability required to pass the CDL written and driving skills tests. Through practical skills training, the CDL program helps students become safe and knowledgeable entrants into the commercial vehicle driver work force, and provides short-term workforce training certificates that meet industry standards. Upon successful completion of the CDL program, students earn industry-recognized credentials for the trucking industry.

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    Certificate In Commercial Driver’s License 

  • Certificate In Digital Graphic Design 

    Program Coordinator: Joel Whitehead
    Phone: 575.737.6230
    Email: joelw@unm.edu
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    The Digital Graphic Design program consists of hands-on laboratory training to prepare students for employment in Northern New Mexico. The program will provide practical and conceptual experiences that will supply the student with tools for employment. The Digital Graphic Design Certificate program is a department committed to the planning and presentation of graphic ideas to be used in publications, advertising, broadcasting,  and web media. Our goal is to keep students current with evolving means of design expression and design tools. Students will be learning digital technologies that will enable them to work in a wide range of media projections. In addition to small class sizes, the program will allow students to explore their personal strengths and focus their interests. With our state-of-the-art Macintosh Lab, our students will be at the forefront of today’s always changing technology. This certificate uses approved Adobe-created courseware to align content with the Adobe Certified Associate objectives and prepares students to take the ACA exam.

    Certificate In Digital Graphic Design 
  • Certificate In Entrepreneurship  

    Department Chair: Victoria Santistevan Gonzales
    Phone: 575.737.6231
    Email:   vsg@unm.edu
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    Certificate in Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship focuses on skills and practices that relate to the creation and management of new businesses.

    Certificate In Entrepreneurship 
  • Certificate In Hospitality Management  

    Department Chair: Victoria Santistevan Gonzales
    Phone: 575.737.6231
    Email:   vsg@unm.edu
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    The Certificate in Hospitality Management program prepares students with the skills necessary to serve as front-line managers at hotels, restaurants, and resorts. Students gain practical experience with hands-on training and outside work experiences. This program includes instructions in hospitality marketing, planning, management, and coordination of operations.

    Certificate In Hospitality Management 
  • Certificate In Information Technology  

    Department Chair: Victoria Santistevan Gonzales
    Phone: 575.737.6231
    Email:   vsg@unm.edu
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Klauer Campus
    1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

    The Certificate in Information Technology Support provides students with core IT knowledge and technical support skills used in business and industry. Students will take courses in hardware/software, technical support, problem solving and customer service skills. Students will also learn how to apply these skills in a tech support environment. The certificate consists of twenty five (25) credit hours of required Core courses and students will then choose a concentration based on their desired career pathway: Developer, Networker or General IT.

    Certificate In Information Technology 
  • Certificate In Office Technology

Subject Codes

  • Construction Technology (CNST)
  • Fine Woodworking (WW)
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Computer Technology (CT)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Culinary Arts (CART)
  • Office Technology (OBT)
  • Hospitality Management (HSMT)
  • Entrepreneurship (ENTR)
  • Marketing (MKTG)
  • Business Administration (BUSA)
  • Welding Technology (WLDT)

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Department Chair:
Victoria Santistevan Gonzales
Phone:
575.737.6231
Email:
  vsg@unm.edu

Business Computers Program Coordiantor:
Joel Whitehead
Phone: 575.737.6230
Email:   joelw@unm.edu

Commercia Driver's License Training Program Coordinator: 
Amos Chavez

Phone: 575.770.8908
Email:  amosc@unm.edu

Construction Technology Program Coordinator: 
Mark Goldman
Phone: 575.737.6225
Email:  mgoldman01@unm.edu

Culinary Arts Program Coordiantor:
Karla Nardi
Email:  knardi@unm.edu