By Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels
Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin 10/25/19
It was a busy morning with sharply dressed job seekers at the New Mexico Workforce Connection Job Fair this past Wednesday. There were computers to print and tweak resumes. There were presentations on how to give the very best interview. For Las Cruces Utilities (LCU), it was a way to showcase not just a job, but the beginning of a long-term career for interested job seekers.
Gloria Hernandez arrived at the job fair with her mother and spent some time investigating Utilities, especially the Internship Program. The LCU Internship Program (LCUIP) is a competitive program that awards internships to students wishing to or that are currently pursuing a 2-year Associate Degree in Water Technology.
“I really like the idea of having a job where I can have opportunities to move up,” Hernandez said. “As someone from Las Cruces, I like the idea that I’d help make our water system sustainable for other people.”
The LCUIP pays for tuition and other reasonable education-related expenses, including a monthly stipend and paid on-the-job training to assist with educational and living expenses. That’s in exchange for up to 20 hours of work per week during semesters and 40 hours per week maximum during academic breaks.
In return, interns commit to work four to eight years for the City of Las Cruces as an operator or lab technician after graduation. The intern graduates will work at LCU in the Water, Wastewater, or Regulatory Environmental Services Lines of Business.
It’s not just the internship positions that need filling, but jobs throughout the LCU system in gas, water, wastewater, solid waste, engineering, technology, and customer services. With a job at LCU, you’d be a part of helping to make sure that 100,000 residents and businesses have clean water, safe gas, and clean removal of waste.
It’s our people who keep the city running; join LCU and grow your skills with our diverse, multi-cultural workforce as we strive to provide the most effective solutions for the growing population.
If you missed the job fair, but are interested in learning more about career opportunities with competitive pay and excellent benefits right here in Las Cruces, go online to http://www.las-cruces.org/2001/Work-For-Us
You can reach Las Cruces Utilities at 528-3500 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Las Cruces Utilities provides GAS – WATER – WASTEWATER – SOLID WASTE services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.
PHOTO 1: Laura Montoya, LCU Pollution Prevention Manager, reviews job opportunities and the benefits of the LCU internship program - stipend for tuition, paid position with LCU, and a job waiting for you when you graduate.