Geri Roybal currently serves as the Career Technical Education (CTE) and Work-based Learning (WBL) Coordinator for the Northwest Regional Education Cooperative, providing CTE development and support to the region’s five rural school districts. Geri grew up in Cerro, New Mexico, an agricultural community nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. After graduating from Questa High School in 2001, she attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Teaching brought Geri great joy. She enjoyed serving her students in the classroom, as well as serving on various leadership committees. In 2013, Geri answered the call of entrepreneurship and started a small business. Working as both an educator and entrepreneur, her eyes were opened to the importance of work-force ready skills and career development in K-12 education. With her knowledge and insight in both industries, Geri was hired as the WBL Coordinator and Alternative Ed. Supervisor for a rural district in southern Colorado. In this role, she enjoyed connecting students to local employers for WBL and teaching students the soft skills needed to succeed in a competitive workforce. Geri later joined the NWREC#2 team in November of 2020. As the CTE/WBL Coordinator, Geri aims to form strong partnerships between consortia members, post-secondary institutions, and the local workforce; connect students to high-quality employment and hands-on experience in various industry sectors, and collaborate with consortia district leaders to guide students down career pathways that foster student interest and ensure a sustainable living.