Mike has worked in education since 1996. He has held teaching and school leadership positions in innovative spaces in a variety of settings, including laboratory, charter, public and private schools, both domestically and internationally. Most recently, Mike directed a high school in Switzerland, a country known for its exemplary multi-tiered model of work-based learning.
At Future Focused, Mike leads the X3 Internship team, creating ecosystems in Albuquerque and beyond in which marginalized local youth and young adults are supported in accessing pathways to industry exposure, training, and employment. Mike grew up in a rural community, and because his own path was shaped by work-based learning experiences in politics, communications, and education policy, Mike believes in the transformative power of mentorship through accessible, supported and compensated work-based learning experiences. He fights to offer that same access to others and creates the relationships and systems that contribute to more prosperous communities. Mike has lived and worked in Honduras, Switzerland, and Germany. He can frequently be found at different elevations throughout the Land of Enchantment pursuing whitewater kayaking, hiking, biking or swing dancing.
Scaling the X3 program
Mike is leading the growth of the X3 Internship program, facilitating over 400 student placements. He has developed expertise in recruiting employers to invest in young talent in their community and in supporting schools to engage with employers effectively.
Hybrid internships during COVID
In the face of COVID-19, Mike is designing virtual and hybrid internships. Through the innovative design of virtual and hybrid work-based learning, X3 is doing its part to stem the tide of disengaged youth by serving more students than ever before.
Expansion beyond internships
Mike is partnering with local companies in healthcare and commercial construction along with industry associations, higher education, and workforce development boards to create additional pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship pathways.