News Briefs: Career enrichment center helps APS students

Albuquerque Public Schools
Albuquerque Public Schools

Career enrichment center helps APS students

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new place that will help students jumpstart their careers. Albuquerque Public Schools broke ground today on the $5.6 million career enrichment center. It will be located near Mountain and I-25, just south of Albuquerque High School. The facility will be for students from all APS schools. It will include two science labs, EMT training space, and meeting areas for other subjects.  While the enrichment center has been around for decades, APS says this new addition was a longtime coming. Classes are free and meet credit requirements for students who graduate from their high school.

APS board to discuss how to keep kids in class

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  More students at APS skipped school last year and Wednesday night the school board will discuss a plan to get truant kids back in class. It includes hiring additional social workers to help identify the problems that may be interfering with each student’s learning. They also work with students and parents to get the services they need to be successful in school. Eight social workers were hired this year. The goal is to hire an additional 22 over the next two fiscal years. That will allow 90 APS schools to be served.

Enchanted Skies Star Party held in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico has long been ranked as one of the top places in the world to stargaze. Now you’re invited to attend the “Enchanted Skies Star Party” as a way to celebrate. It’s taking place Friday and Saturday in Magdalena. Officials say the area has some of the darkest skies in New Mexico which allow you to see some of the faintest objects in the night sky with the naked eye. Astronomers from New Mexico Tech, The Very Large Array and other experts will be on hand for tours.

Man shoots man then turns gun on himself

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) – A man is suspected of killing another man before shooting himself. The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at an RV campground at Sky Ute Fairgrounds. Authorities say the suspect shot another man and sped away from the scene. A deputy caught up with the suspect, but the driver got out his pick-up and shot himself in the head. Deputies say the park is on Southern Ute Indian tribe land, but both men were not tribal members. No names have been released.

County to begin negotiations for Alvarado Square

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – County commissioners also voted to jumpstart negotiations to buy Alvarado Square on Fourth and Silver. Currently county offices are spread out across downtown. The county wants to put all services in one building to lower costs and improve customer service. It would cost more than $21 million to renovate and add parking to Alvarado. The county estimates it could sell off buildings it already owns to help pay for the move.

T-Mobile hiring full-time workers for call center

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – T-Mobile is hiring as many as 75 full-time workers at its call center. The company hopes to have the positions filled by the end of June. They’re looking for people who speak English and Spanish. T-Mobile will be holding a job fair Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Menaul location. Employees will receive a benefits package and 401K.

Albuquerque Public Schools to break ground on new career building

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools is expected to break ground on a $5.6 million project that will give students a leg up on their careers. The two story building will be for students from all of APS’ high schools who take career courses in medicine, engineering, health, EMT, nursing and more.

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