College and Career Readiness

Soft-Skills Program

The UNM Mentoring Institute is thrilled to announce an opportunity for New Mexico high school juniors and seniors to cultivate professional skills in the workplace and higher education. In partnership with 21st Century Solutions, we are offering an online program designed to promote positive outcomes for success in higher education and the workplace. Equipping students with skills such as teamwork, professionalism, and critical thinking can begin a confident trek to success.

The program is managed completely online, with up to 160 course hours available. Students and teachers will have access to lessons, exercises, and projects. Teachers may decide to incorporate content as part of an existing course, or as self-directed student activities. This will contribute to the student’s development of personal and professional skills, including analytical skills, strong work ethic, written and verbal capabilities, and leadership.

By the end of the course, students will earn up to four certificates that can be used towards job applications and post-secondary school applications. We encourage the completion of entire courses rather than ad-hoc usage of individual lessons.

New Mexico schools are invited to apply for open enrollment starting on July 12th, 2021 for the fiscal year 2021-2022. This program comes at no cost to your school as it is fully funded by The State Legislature of New Mexico.

High Schools

High School representatives will apply through the Mentoring Institute website and will receive a response two weeks after application is completed. If the application is approved, teachers participating in the program will be contacted with instructions to complete two hours of training. Teachers will assist the students with enrollment and completion of the online program.

We will receive only one application per school. The school representative will be able to add all interested teachers.


Selected students will create an online account and complete up to four 40-hour courses designed to prepare them for college and the workplace. Each course includes 20 hours of teacher-guided instruction and 20 hours of standalone online material required. Students will have access to the four courses until June 30th, 2022. Upon finishing each course, students will be given a certificate of completion.