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State of New Mexico, Dept. of Workforce Solutions

Meet Jon*

Workforce Challenge

Jon* had a background and education in aviation, but he was unemployed and was having difficulty finding a new job. He came to the Northern New Mexico Workforce Connection (NNMWCC) office for assistance.

Workforce Solution

At NNMWCC, the staff jumped in to match Jon with an appropriate program in his field of interest. With his background and education in aviation, there were a limited number of approved courses that fit his level of experience.

“Together, we found an Aircraft Appraiser Certification course through the National Aircraft Appraisers Association (NAAA), for which I was qualified," said Jon. "Again, thanks to NNMWCC staff, the process moved quickly and within weeks I was a Certified Aircraft Appraiser – one of only 250 qualified appraisers worldwide.”

Outcomes & Benefits

Less than two months after completing the certification coursework Jon was employed as an Aircraft Sales Engineer with Hawker-Beechcraft, a corporate aircraft manufacturer. Jon calls it his 'dream career' and shared, “This training has expanded both my skill-set & marketability in an industry that’s struggling to regain pre-recession profitability."

"Although this position is a culmination of all my skills & experiences gained throughout my professional career, it is in large-part due to the efforts of the NNMWCC program." Congratulations, Jon!

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