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Teens Teach Seniors How To Use Tech While Learning Valuable Job Skills


September 14, 2018 – Figuring out a new phone or App can be challenging, especially for those who didn’t grow up using a cell phone or laptop every day. In 2015, Teeniors was born at a startup event to meet two needs: help seniors learn how to effectively use technology and create job opportunities for youth. And this week, that simple idea was actually awarded $10,000 at the Comcast Pitch Fest, part of the New Mexico Tech Council’s #ExperienceIT.

Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with one of the Teeniors founders, to talk about how the needs and skills of different generations can complement each other.

Studio Guests
Kaitlyn Ackron, Teenior
Kendra Gonzales, Teenior
Trish Lopez, Teeniors Founder/CEO

The fourth and final part of our “Brain Drain” series, local education leaders talk about current vocational training opportunities, plus Gene Grant and the Line Panel

NMiF: Brain Drain

This week, New Mexico in Focus continues its look at counteracting the “brain drain” of young, talented New Mexicans leaving the state for jobs and economic opportunities. In the final segment of this four-part series, Correspondent Gwyneth Doland looks at job alignment.

And NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with two local education leaders to talk about current vocational training opportunities. A certificate or vocational training program can prepare individuals to work in fields like healthcare and construction. Are training programs in New Mexico aligned with current job opportunities?

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate some of the top stories in news headlines this week, including why some Duke City residents have moved to Denver, what needs to be done to combat crime in Albuquerque, and how to address the problem of attracting doctors to rural New Mexico.

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Sarah Gustavus

Studio Guests:
Zane Fischer, co-coordinator, MIX Santa Fe
Kelley Francis, tech project manager, Meow Wolf
Jennifer Nevarez, executive director, Community Learning Network
Denise Ojeda, faculty, Central New Mexico Community College
Ryan C. Parra, board member, Rio Rancho Public Schools

Line Panelists:          
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at www.newmexicoinfocus.org. The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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