TECC HSE Graduation 2017

Congratulations Class of 2017!

We would like to congratulate our students for their hard work and commitment during this year. We honored them during the UNM-TAOS Commencement Ceremony on May 11th, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The event took place at the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center in Taos, New Mexico. This year, for the first time the High School Equivalency students had their our graduation. TECC had 52 graduates this year!

We would like to acknowledge the teachers, staff and administrative team at UNM-Taos that worked hard to make this event unforgettable and special for everybody. In addition, we would like to congratulate our incredible team for supporting and encouraging our students to reach their goals.

Dear students we wish you the best in all your future endeavors!



Bilingual book honored

A bilingual novel, Los Primos y el Pez Mágico/The Cousins and the Magic Fish, created by two people connected to TECC, was named second runner-up for the Zia Award announced by the New Mexico Press Women at it’s annual spring conference in April.

Joan Livingston, an instructor at TECC, is the author, and Teresa Dovalpage, a member of TECC’s board and a former ESL teacher, is the translator. Joan’s son, Ezra Livingston is the illustrator.

The novel tells a story familiar to many New Mexicans about a story-telling abuelo providing after-school care to his grandchildren who are cousins. An excursion to the river and encounter with a talking fish, leads grandpa to an opportunity to advocate for a simple life filled with family.

“I was inspired by my love of reading as a child when I wrote this novel,” said Joan Livingston. “I aimed to create a book that would appeal to children whose first language in Spanish or English. As residents of Northern New Mexico, Teresa and I also wanted this novel, the first in a series, to be relevant to children in our state and beyond.”


TECC has a New English as a Second Language Teacher

We are glad to announce that TECC has a new faculty member, Esther Tipton. She is the new English Language and Civics Education teacher, and she will be teaching the beginner and intermediate classes to those seeking to improve their English speaking, reading, and writing.

Esther has experience teaching English in the United States and abroad. Her cross-cultural teaching experiences span from New Papua Guinea to South Korea.  In the U.S., she has been a teacher and administrator in diverse array of k-12 and adult education programs. She also has experience developing curriculum and implementing technology in the classroom.  Her focus will be supporting our immigrant population and developing innovative pathways leading to career development and civic engagement.

We are excited to have her expertise in our team!



High School Equivalency Graduation 2017

We cordially invite you to attend the 2017 High School Equivalency graduation.
Join us to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our students. This year, for the first time, the High School Equivalency (HSE) students will have a graduation ceremony separate from the UNM-Taos graduates. Due to being over the room capacity at the Sagebrush, we found it necessary to separate the ceremony into the two sections. For this reason, it is more important than ever to attend and show your support- let’s fill the room and send a strong message that this is an achievement that does not go unnoticed by our community at large.
Date: Thursday, May 11th
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Sagebrush Conference Center
The keynote speaker will be former executive director of the Taos Community Foundation, Elizabeth Crittenden-Palacios. In addition, there will be several student speakers sharing their journey and words of wisdom.
We look forward to seeing you there and appreciate your support.

Field Trip: UNM-Taos Digital Media Arts

So what’s with the big, green screen? Students from TECC’s Reading and Writing for Career Pathways Class learned about the art and science of video production at UNM-Taos Digital Media Arts on Wednesday (April 5). Their visit was part of a class on media literacy.

Enrico Trujillo, a multi-media service specialist, not only gave the ins and outs of digital production, he led a hands-on lesson.

Trujillo directed five student volunteers in a few scenes in front of the green screen. He explained that the screen’s color will enable him to replace it with another background via the computer. In this case, the students would be going on a safari rather than acting inside the studio.

Other TECC students manned the camera, monitored sound and held the microphone.

Trujillo instructed the students to act in three clips: wandering in a park, looking startled, and then running for their lives. “Then we’re going to have a surprise animal,” he said.

Later Trujillo used computer technology to replace the green screen background with an image of a savannah in Africa — and a lion that appeared to be chasing the students.

Students also got a lesson in using the teleprompter when speaking in front of the camera.

Thanks to Enrico Trujillo and UNM-Taos Digital Media Arts for the lesson.

ABOUT THE PHOTO ABOVE: Enrico Trujillo demonstrates how he uses the computer to edit the short video.

On Project-Based Learning

The Taos Education and Career Center is closed this week, March 13-17, due to spring break. But last week students who participated in project-based learning activities reported on their experiences.

Students were linked with local businesses and agencies tied to their career interests. They gave presentations to their colleagues.

Seth, who is interested in working as a game warden, met with Cheron Ferland, a wildlife biologist at the Carson National Forest’s ranger station in Tres Piedras. Seth reported he went out in the field with Cheron and another staffer.

Fabiana and Shawnie met with Rima Ralff, a therapist at NonviolenceWorks. Both students want to help others who are struggling with problems.

Madison and Curtis toured UNM-Taos’ new medical training center next door. Madison is interested in neuroscience while Curtis wants to work as an emergency medical technician.

Ryan and Aliyah visited Guerilla Graphix, where owner Travis Parkin told them about the ins and outs, pluses and minuses of owning a business.

Corwynn, who wants to be a truck driver, had a one-on-one with Max Kaufman, who leads UNM-Taos’ CDL Program.

Thank you, professionals, for sharing your insights with out students.

The Hero’s Journey Radio Show on KNCE 93.5 FM

Welcome to the Hero’s Journey Radio Show! This is a community radio show hosted by the Taos Education & Career Center the last Tuesday of the month from 9-10 am on KNCE 93.FM. Nina Gonzales and Montserrat Oyanedel-Tolmo are the two radio hosts that give life to this incredible social experiment, that focuses on spreading the word about the amazing people that are part of our program and their educational journey. As guests, we had local and international (English as a Second Language) students, board members, volunteers, teachers, and community personalities that work with TECC.

Please listen some of the shows that we were able to record. We hope you enjoy them!

Hero’s Journey Radio Show July 2016

Hero’s Journey Radio Show September 2016

Hero’s Journey Radio Show October 2016

Hero’s Journey Radio Show March 2017

Hero’s Journey Radio Show April 2017

Hero’s Journey Radio Show May 2017

Hero’s Journey Radio Show June 2017