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NM Workforce Connection ready to Kick-off $4 Million Dollar Tech Grant for IT Jobs throughout Central New Mexico

TechHire NM to help more than 400 young adults get well-paying jobs over the next four yearsnm techhire partners logo

(January 25, 2017 – Albuquerque, NM) – Announced back in July of last year, TechHire New Mexico is now ready to begin accepting eligible applicants. TechHire New Mexico is an innovative job training program designed to equip IT job seekers in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties with the information technology (IT) training and skills required to quickly advance into well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs. Additionally, monies from the $4-million dollar grant are also intended to help employers in central New Mexico solve their IT occupational staffing challenges in ways that grow a more inclusive and relevant pipeline of superb tech talent.

"The TechHire program to train young and displaced workers in the IT field is exactly the kind of workforce development program we need. It boosts our economy by helping New Mexicans get the training they need to hold good jobs in high-demand STEM fields," said US Senator TomUdall, D-NM. "And as Sandia and Los Alamos national labs prepare to hire thousands of workers in the next five years, it is critical to ensure that New Mexicans are fully prepared to fill these jobs. I was pleased to help secure this grant, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funding that that boosts workforce development in New Mexico."

TechHire New Mexico is open to young adults in central New Mexico between the ages of 17-and-29 with a high school diploma or equivalent, and who have barriers to job training, employment or education. The program aims to provide job placement, customized accelerated technical training, apprenticeships, and work experience opportunities for more than 400-qualified individuals through June of the year 2020.

“In Albuquerque, we are being very intentional about creating opportunities for our people and our employers,” said Albuquerque’s Mayor Richard Berry. “The TechHire program is an important tool in our toolbox as we continue to address under employment in our community, to bolster our business community and improve the lives of our young people.”

01 25 17 techhire launch photo 640x340Dewey Cave, MRCOG Executive Director, Mayor Richard Berry, City of Albuquerque, Leslie Sanchez, WCCNM Board Chair, Art Martinez, Workforce Operations ManagerIn addition to recruiting for the program, TechHire New Mexico is also seeking employer partners who would be willing to help with placing participants in positions to gain work experience, as well as consider hiring some of those qualified individuals. In return, many employer partners would get the benefit of skilling up their current IT workforce.

“To improve our region’s economy, we need to help more people gain the high-tech skills and credentials they need to obtain better jobs, which in turn provides businesses with the kind of high-tech workforce they need to grow and thrive in New Mexico,” said Central New Mexico Community College President Kathie Winograd. “The TechHire program is addressing both of these pressing needs at the same time, and CNM is proud to be a supporter of this important collaborative effort.”

Through the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico, and in partnership with Central New Mexico Community College, CNM Ingenuity. Inc., Innovate+Educate/Talent ABQ, and New Mexico Technology Council, TechHire New Mexico provides training, job placement and work experience opportunities for qualified individuals in occupations critical to the regional economy.

“This is a tremendous opportunity - not only put a lot of young people to work – but to offer them a chance at a great career”, said Leslie Sanchez, Board Chair, Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico. “This is an occupational area in which we know there are both growth potential, as well as need for skilled IT workers. We are very excited about what TechHire New Mexico can do for jobs and the economy in central New Mexico.”

The TechHire New Mexico program is funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Out of a total of 215 grant proposal submittals, central New Mexico’s application was one of only 39-awarded in 25 states.

For more information on the TechHire New Mexico visit www.techhirenewmexico.org

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