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2022 Youth Summer Dental Program

Updated: May 27, 2022

Attention High School Seniors!

Are you interested in becoming a Dental Assistant?

New Mexico Workforce Connection's Youth Program has Tuition Assistance available for you!

New Mexico Workforce Connection's Youth Services program is partnering with the Socorro Dental, LLC - New Mexico Dental Institute to enroll new students in their Summer Dental Assistant Program. Representatives will be in Socorro, NM on May 23, 2022 to enroll YOU! Classes are every Friday for 8 consecutive weeks beginning Friday, June 10, 2022. Students receiving tuition assistance must attend all 8 classes.

Enrollment Deadline is Friday, May 27, 2022.

Summer Program Benefits Include:

  • mileage reimbursement to and from classes

  • $125 incentive when you obtain the Dental Assistant Certificate

Eligibility Requirements Apply:

  • Must be 18 years of age on or before May 20, 2022

  • Must have a high school diploma on or before May 20, 2022

  • Must reside in one of the following Southwestern New Mexico counties: Catron, Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, Socorro

  • Must attend all 8 consecutive classes

If you do not live in Socorro and cannot be present when representatives visit on May 23, 2022, you can still attend! Please complete this 2022 Summer Dental Program Contact Form.


New Mexico Workforce Connection's Youth Services program is a year-round program for youth ages 16-24.


  1. Tutoring

  2. Alternative Secondary School

  3. Paid and Unpaid work experiences

  4. Occupational Skills Training

  5. Education offered concurrently with workforce preparation and training

  6. Leadership Development

  7. Supportive Services

  8. Adult Mentoring

  9. Follow-up Services

  10. Guidance and Counseling

  11. Financial Literacy Education

  12. Entrepreneurial Skills Training

  13. Labor market and employment information

  14. Post-secondary education transition activities



  • 225-325 hours of paid work experience at $13.00 per hour

  • Placements aligned to career interest

  • Great training opportunity to gain work experience and employability skills

  • Employability skills training provided prior to placement

  • Possibility of employment placement


  • Up to $15,000 of assistance available for training by an approved Eligibility Training Provider in a demand occupation

  • depending on degree or certification and years of training (limited by year)


  • Assistance with child care, transportation, one-time medical costs, and temporary shelter

  • Special supportive services available for testing fees, work clothes, tools, background checks, drug tests, rent, gas

  • or electric assistance, car insurance, vehicle repair or registration renewal, and equipment for on line training.

INCENTIVES {1 per category)

  • $150 Attainment of High School Diploma or Equivalency/ Dual enrollment +$50

  • $150 Increase in Reading or Math TABE scores (one functioning level)

  • $125 Successful completion of OJT or Apprenticeship program

  • $125 Completion of one full semester of secondary or post-secondary ("C" average & full-time schedule)

  • $125 Skill Progression/Attainment of certificate for occupational knowledge-based examinations

  • $100 Employment retention

Eligibility requirements apply.

If you are interested in speaking with someone about New Mexico Workforce Connection's Youth Services program, complete this YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAM CONTACT FORM.



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