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PRESS RELEASE

February 7, 2002

'Career Technical Day,' 'Apprenticeship Day' and 'Adult Basic Education Day' to be Held Friday, February 8, at the Legislature

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) will celebrate "Career Technical Student Organizations Day," "New Mexico Apprenticeship Day" and "Adult Basic Education Day" on Friday, February 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the state Capitol Rotunda. Students and faculty in career, technical, adult education and industry training programs from across New Mexico will celebrate the profound economic and technological changes reflected in the structure and nature of work.

"Career, technical, adult education and industry training programs provide students with lifelong opportunities to learn new skills. These programs are preparing workers for the occupations of today and tomorrow which are forecast to experience, over the next decade, the largest and fastest growth," said Lena Trujillo-Chavez, assistant superintendent for the SDE's Career Technical and Adult Services.

The goal of the day-long celebration is to emphasize the role that career, technical, adult education and industry training programs play, along with business and industry partners, in preparing students for the challenges and rewards of a career.


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