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Our Students Are Diamonds
Rare. Valuable. One of a Kind.
Who is eligible to participate?Arches is open to high school students.
How long does the program last?Arches is cohort-based and begins with a Launch Day. The aerage amount of time a student participates in a cohort is 2-3 years, depending on the amount of time spent in the hard skill phase and the career path chosen.
What does it cost?In terms of money, thanks to our partnering organizations, participation is free. Some of the program tracks also allow the student to be paid with stipends and paid internships. However, there is an investment required of each student in terms of effort, commitment, and time. The result is well worth the effort!
Do I need to know what I plan to do for work or education after high school?No! Part of the Arches process helps you understand your strengths, options, and interests. Knowing those things is ke to having a fulfilling career direction; so we encourage you to apply even if you're not sure what life after high school will look like.
What sorts of events and activities are included in Arches?Arches uses a diverse set of experiences, workshops, and small group/individual coaching. Each Arches Cohort starts with a Launch Day. With a mix of leading presenters, activities, and discussions, you'll meet the coaches and other students that you'll build relationships with over time. After the Launch Day, most of the work in Arches is a combination of small group and individual interactions with your coach as well as participation in Arches Experience Events. In the later stages of the Arches Experience, most students will participate in paid internships with partner companies as well.
How much time does it take to be part of Arches?The amount of time required changes somewhat as your cohort progresses, and each experience is different. For most, it's good to expect a weekly meeting and some one-on-one virtual communications with your coach. We expect that students will have sports, other work, and outside activities and we do our best to work within those commitments.
What is the goal of Arches?Simply, the goal is to help students develop the skills and experience to match the organizations' needs for career-minded, high-performing employees. This doesn't happen overnight, but through a long-term approach to skill-building, networking, and real-life experience. This approach ensures that students are prepared to make a difference for the long-term.
What sorts of careers are available in Arches?Arches' partner companies come from the technology, construction, creative, and non-profit sectors. While salaries and compensation vary among industry and job type, most career-level jobs in the partner companies are in the $80,000 to $150,000 range. These jobs don't happen right away; but with effort, drive, and dedication, they are achievable.
Our Students in Action
Arches works out of the Hub at the International District Economic Development Center
Arches Career Accelerator
708 San Mateo Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
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