For Immediate Release: October 18, 2018
New Mexico Earns Admission to Competitive Adult Education Institute to Jumpstart Workforce Development
Santa Fe, NM – Today, the Higher Education Department (HED) announced its participation in a competitive U.S. Department of Education institute supporting state efforts to build stronger partnerships among workforce development stakeholders – the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s American Institutes for Research (AIR).
The AIR institute emphasizes the leveraging of effective communication and data-sharing to enable diverse partners in a complex system to achieve common goals. Not only are these partnerships good for businesses and job-seekers, but they are also required by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
“It’s a great opportunity for New Mexico’s workforce,” said Higher Education Secretary Barbara Damron. “Adult education empowers individuals, families, and communities through accessible quality education. This institute will give our state the tools to create ripple effects for education and economic development stakeholders for years to come.”
HED’s plan was praised for its thoughtful and comprehensive vision for stakeholder collaboration. The institute begins in October and runs through January 2019, to include several days working at AIR headquarters in Washington D.C. next month. Other states chosen to participate in the institute were California, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, and New Hampshire.