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BHS’s JAG program opens recycling center training

—Loretta Apodaca, JAG Specialist

Bernalillo High School went green on Earth Day with the kick-off grand opening of a new recycling center. The recycling center is a community service project initiated by Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students in partnership with several local businesses.

On April 22, the recycling center opened its doors for recycling with items generated from the school’s campus and now is the first-ever operation of its kind at an area high school. Operated by Bernalillo High School’s JAG students, the center will serve as a work-based learning opportunity where students will develop and operate it as a business. All aspects of the operation, such as development of policies, procedures, job descriptions, and safety rules, will be part of the work-based learning experience.

In this first phase of operation, JAG students are collecting paper and plastic for recycling from students and employees at Bernalillo High School only. In phase two, the recycling center hopes to expand its service to all the Bernalillo School District facilities and eventually, in phase three, to the community of Bernalillo.

 The most exciting part of the project is how the recycling center will allow Bernalillo High School students to contribute to the community. In partnership with Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, items collected at the school’s recycling center will be used in Goodwill’s TrialWorks program, which provides temporary paid training in green skills and warehousing. The end goal of the program is to help New Mexicans find jobs in the community.”

In addition to Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, other local business partners who have been instrumental in working with JAG students on this project are: Cable One, Century Bank, Central New Mexico Community College, Haven House, Presbyterian Health Services, and ReadWest.

JAG is a school-to-career program at Bernalillo High School whose goal is to help students graduate and prepare for post-secondary school and work. In its 11th year at Bernalillo High School, the JAG Program has been highly effective in helping students graduate and establish gainful employment after graduation.

Jemez Historic Site is hiring

During the months of April and May, New Mexico Historic Sites is opening and interviewing for two positions: Historic Ranger (Advanced) and Instructional Coordinator (Advanced). These positions are both full-time permanent positions at Jemez Historic Site in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

The Historic Ranger position is a reclassification of the Receptionist/Cashier position once held by Brenda Tafoya. Under the reclassification, job emphasis will be on visitor experience and will require the hire focus more on special events and tours. However, cashier and facility maintenance functions will still make up the bulk of job responsibilities. Midpoint salary is $15.49 an hour or $32,215 a year.

The Instructional Coordinator position is new. The coordinator will partner with local, regional, and national groups, particularly schools and senior citizen institutions. The purpose of these partnerships will be primarily focused on education and site visitation.  Yet, cashier and facility maintenance tasks will also be expected of the hire. Midpoint salary is $20.94 an hour or $43,549 a year.

Persons interested in working at Jemez Historic Site are encouraged to apply for both jobs. Applications must be submitted through the New Mexico State Personnel Office Website:

Please fill out the forms and provide supporting documentation as instructed. Failure to do so will result in you not making the applicant list.

The exact application opening date for each job is currently unknown. Potential candidates should check the State Personnel Website every week for job postings within the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Jemez Historic Site Staff cannot vet job candidates until receiving the applicant list from the State Personnel Office. Resumes sent directly to Jemez Historic Site will not be considered. However, general questions regarding the nature of work can be directed to Jemez Historic Site Staff at 575-829-3530.

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