In 2019, the JF Maddox Foundation awarded a grant of $10 million in support of the new career technical education high school to be built in Hobbs, NM. The $50 million facility will provide courses that prepare students for technical careers or secondary educational pursuits after completing high school. Other partners on this project include the City of Hobbs, Lea County, State elected officials, the Permian Strategic Partnership, and other public-private partnerships.
The new school will be built just east of Watson Stadium. Some of the programs offered will include construction, culinary arts, oil and gas, and information technology which includes STEM, manufacturing, and transportation.Such dual credit classes in partnership with New Mexico Junior College would allow students to earn college credits and certifications while still in high school, reducing the time necessary before they can enter the workforce.
About half of Hobbs High School graduates pursue technical-track careers, according to TJ Parks, Hobbs Municipal Schools superintendent. Some of those students pursue two-year certificate trainings and others enter directly into the workforce. This new school will help prepare students for success in their careers.
The school is currently under construction and set to open in fall 2022. In addition to the capital partners listed above, this project has been supported by the Hobbs community through the approval of a Bond vote in late 2019.