If you have any questions, please contact your Career Development Specialist: Nick 505.843.1973; Julie 505.843.1949, or Ashley 505.843.1960.

The following is an overview of the steps you are expected to complete as a TechHire New Mexico Participant:

WorkKeys Assessments

The WorkKeys assessments should be completed as soon as possible as the scores are used to determine the best training for the IT profession you’ve selected. The WorkKeys assessments are proctored exams that can be taken at the New Mexico Workforce Connection Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The WorkKeys assessments you are required to take are: Applied Math; Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents.

**Practice exams can be taken prior to taking WorkKeys via Career Ready 101.  This option is highly recommended for everyone but especially for those who have been out of school for 1+ years.  Should you be interested in these practice exams, please let your Career Development Specialist know so they can assign and create a login for you.

Core Score (Soft Skills Assessment)

Please access the following link to register for the Soft Skills – Core Score Assessment:


On the home page, click “Get Started” and when completing the initial registration, be sure to choose “TechHire” from the employer drop-down menu.  Please make sure that you select Albuquerque, NM as your location so that the TechHire option will appear. After you complete the basic assessment, the system will automatically prompt you to an IT related assessment.

If you do not score at least a 714 on the basic assessment, the system will not prompt you to take the IT assessment.  You will need to contact your Career Development Specialist to discuss Soft Skills Training.

Once you have completed the basic and IT Core Score (Soft Skills) Assessment, you may be prompted to click on links to take the Penn Foster online Soft Skills Training.  The Penn Foster online training is required for any scores below 714, and may take you up to 36 hours depending on the extent of recommended online training.

It is highly recommended that you complete your Penn Foster Soft Skills Training as quickly as possible. Once you have completed each module of the online training, you will see a screen that says you have successfully completed that segment of the training. Please do a “Screen Shot” of each screen that states you have successfully completed the Penn Foster training, save them in separate Word documents and email them as an attachment to your Career Development Specialist. TechHire New Mexico needs these Screen Shots as part of your participant file.

If you score at least a 714 and have completed both the basic and IT assessments, please email your Career Development Specialist so they know to include your results in your file and give you credit for completion of each one.

Entrepreneurship Course

You have also been placed in the Entrepreneurship Course (the 15-hour self-paced course discussed in the orientation).   An email from “noreply@netacad.com” will be sent to the email address you provided.  Its title is “Get Started with Cisco Networking Academy.” If you did not receive this email please check your junk/spam folder and if it is not there please contact your Career Development Specialist.

Personal Profile

All TechHire participants are required to complete the personal profile as soon as they enter the TechHire New Mexico program. You will also need to update your profile when you have completed your training (if applicable). TechHire New Mexico will distribute the participant profiles to our IT employer partners and coordinate interviews on your behalf.

Participants are asked to use the following template to create their profiles. An example of a completed profile is also provided to assist participants in completing this task.

Please send your completed template to your Career Development Specialist within your first week of enrollment in the TechHire program. When filling out the information please fill it out as if you have completed training.

[Desired Job Title Here – First and Last Name]

  • [Provide the education and training you have completed that supports your desired job title here]
  • [Provide any certifications or credentials you have earned that support your desired job title here]
  • [Provide a brief description of your previous experience that supports your desired job title here]
  • [Provide a brief description of your soft skills and any other distinguishing skills]


Network Engineer/Security IT Associate – Marilyn Smith

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications and Electronics (05/2016) and over 5 years of experience in Network Support and IT Security.
  • Certifications: CompTIA Security+ (07/2018); CompTIA Network+ (06/2018); CCNA Data Center (04/2017).
  • Expertise in designing, installing, configuring, administering, securing Ethernet and wireless networks, and electrical design (Cisco, Schneider, Huawei).
  • Perform well under pressure and possess excellent customer service, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  • Languages: Spanish and English.

Check In

As a TechHire New Mexico participant, it is your responsibility to check in with your Career Development Specialist at least once each month and provide status updates on your assessments, Soft Skills, Entrepreneurship, and/or Tech/IT training.

If you do not contact your Career Development Specialist at least once per month, you may be exited from the program and no longer eligible for grant funded services.

If you are having difficulty with your Tech/IT training, you must notify your Career Development Specialist as soon as you recognize there is a problem. TechHire New Mexico has resources to assist you. Our goal is for you to succeed!

You must provide your Career Development Specialist with any and all certificates you have received as soon as you have completed any and all trainings provided through TechHire New Mexico.  You need to provide copies of all of your training certificates.

Your TechHire New Mexico program compliance may result in you receiving a $100 incentive payment!