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DACC and Union Pacific launch workforce training academy in Sunland Park


Doña Ana Community College (DACC) and Union Pacific announce a new workforce training academy in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

The Union Pacific Industrial Careers Academy, at the DACC Sunland Park Center, 3365 McNutt Road, is designed to help Sunland Park and Santa Teresa residents with training and skills that area employers are seeking. The Union Pacific Industrial Careers Academy provides fast-track training in logistics, warehousing, transportation, manufacturing and more. The academy is made possible by a $350,000 contribution by Union Pacific, which also includes funding for student scholarships.

"DACC’s partnership with Union Pacific will provide technical training and certification programs that can be completed between six months and a year, fast-tracking each student’s ability to secure a good-paying job in our own backyard,” said DACC President Mónica Torres. “We will also become a resource for established trade professionals who want to maintain industry credentials or advance their careers, which is important for employers.”

The academy offers the following courses, with two courses beginning in October:

  • Certified Logistics Technician
  • CDL Training
  • Certified Technician Supply Chain Automation
  • Certified Production Technician 4.0
  • Digital Foundations/IC3 Certification
  • Welding Fast-Track Certificate
  • OSHA 10 training
  • OSHA Forklift training

The academy offers classroom activities along with job-shadowing, workplace observations and company tours, and internship opportunities. Additionally, DACC will concurrently support students needing help with basic math and literacy skills or learning English.

“Union Pacific’s Santa Teresa Intermodal Terminal attracts new businesses that fuel New Mexico’s economy and our investment in DACC will help our neighbors participate in the area’s growth and prosperity through careers that improve their financial futures,” said Raquel Espinoza, Union Pacific senior director – public affairs. “We are proud to support DACC’s efforts to build a strong, skilled workforce meeting the needs of current and future employers in Santa Teresa and across southern New Mexico.”

For more information on the academy and to register, go to https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=5073#CourseGroupID=58328, call 575-527-7776 or email ctp@nmsu.edu

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