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NMJC Workforce Chief Featured in Magazine

NMJC Workforce Chief Featured in Magazine photo 2/27/2016 11:57:56 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

[Story courtesy of Charlie Benton - Hobbs News Sun]

A New Mexico Junior College employee has been honored with the front page of Permian Basin Oil and Gas magazine for the month of February.

Workforce training coordinator Steve Sauceda was shown on the front page along with a feature story about the Larry Hanna Training and Outreach Center. Sauceda is a Lea County native who holds degrees from NMJC, University of the Southwest and Eastern New Mexico University. He has worked in his position at NMJC for nine years.

“It’s humbling and it’s surreal,” he said. “It came out in February and here we are three and a half weeks later, and it still doesn’t feel real. It’s definitely an honor. It’s a tremendous honor for New Mexico Junior College toward the training and outreach division and a huge honor for me in my career at this point.”

Sauceda said a writer for the magazine contacted him in December and did a 40-minute interview about the training and outreach facility and the work being done there.

“They caught wind of some of the innovative things that we’ve done, some of the accomplishments that we’ve had, and they wanted to write a feature story on it.” he said. “When we got back from Christmas break the first week of January, I was contacted by the editor and (he) said that’s the photo that they wanted to run for the cover.”

The training and outreach center at NMJC deals primarily with workforce training primarily in the petroleum industry and works closely with several local businesses and departments to provide customized training based on what the company or organization in question needs. The center is divided into seven departments including workforce training, continuing education, oil and gas technology, customized training , CDL training and a small business development center.

“What I do is put together workforce training programs within the region and in different parts of the state,” Sauceda said. “I act as the chief broker of training for the college matching up clients’ needs with instructors.”

An EMS program in conjunction with the Hobbs Fire Department is planned for mid-2016 and a lineman training program in conjunction with Xcel Energy and the Lea County Co-op is planned to begin on July 1.

“Different entities within the community came to us and said that EMS training was a need,” he said. “People were having to go to different parts of the state. We have been working for the past few months to try to get that in order.”

Sauceda said he was proud of his program and was glad of the strong administration of it.

“Everything we do here at training and outreach is a team effort,” he said. “We have great leadership from our vice president Jeff McCool all the way down. Currently, we’re the No. 1 ranked school for workforce training in New Mexico. There are about 18 schools that provide workforce training, and in our division as of the 2013-2014 calendar year is the number one ranked school in the state.”

The training and outreach program can be contacted at 575-492-4710.

Charlie Benton can be reached at 575-391-5434 or .

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