Workforce Education & Training

The Workforce and Education Training Program is a partnership between the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) and Northern New Mexico higher education institutions to identify training needs and develop a well-educated workforce in the region. The partnership aims to help Northern New Mexico’s businesses find skilled workers and help ensure jobs are filled by in-state and in-county workers who want to stay in their communities after receiving an education at two- and four-year colleges in the area. 


The RDC works with six regional institutions of higher education to create “clear, coherent and structured educational experiences” for students for pursuing relevant certificates and/or degree programs that will successfully lead to careers in the region. Each institution’s program is tailored to their unique student population, community needs, and academic curriculum. These institutions include the University of New Mexico-Taos, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos , Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College.

Initiatives supported by the Workforce Development Program include:
  • Paid student internships that offer real-world experience to students and provide employers with a way to meet potential employees

  • Soft skill /professional development workshops and courses

  • Accelerated learning programs that provide fast-track learning in skills such as math and English that are by employers for specific jobs

  • Data collection in order to better align curriculum with regional jobs

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Together, these partnerships and initiatives help build a strong workforce in the RDC’s seven county area. To learn more about each participating institution, click on the links below, or for more information about the Workforce Development Program, email