Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act Plan Community Input Meetings

Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act Plan Community Input Meetings

Albuquerque Meeting
Date: February 21, 2020
General Session: 9:00-11:30 am
Youth Session: 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Las Cruces Meeting
Date: February 27, 2020
General Session: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Youth Session: 4:00 - 6:30 pm
Location: Las Cruces Convention Center
680 E University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88001


Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, states, including New Mexico, submit a unified or combined state plan to the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for the state’s workforce development system. People across departments in state government and non-profit workforce development organizations partner together to draft the plan.

The Department of Workforce Solutions provided an opportunity for public comment on and inputs into the development of its Combined State Plan before submission. There was a youth-only discussion following the general community meeting to give young people focused time and attention to review and comment on ways to strengthen job training and development.

The plan includes:

  1. Create a system that is responsive to employers' current and future economic needs;
  2. Make life-long learning a reality;
  3. Make our community colleges an essential driver of workforce and economic development;
  4. Grow and expand apprenticeship programs;
  5. Remove barriers to employment and training, and
  6. Stop New Mexico’s brain drain.

What happened at the community meetings?

These meetings provided participants a chance to learn about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Plan and share with the NM Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) their concerns, priorities, and expectations for workforce development to ensure that DWS sets goals and expectations for workforce development that are reflective of our state. There was a brief opening session to set the context for the meetings, but the bulk of the meetings was comprised of small group discussions among participants who want to contribute to the success of New Mexico’s workforce. Following the meetings DWS will use, as appropriate, participant input received to inform the plan for improving workforce development in New Mexico.

Who attended?

  • Community members and organizations
  • Tribal representatives
  • Workforce development board members
  • Business leaders
  • Representatives of labor organizations
  • Economic and workforce developers
  • Students and youth
  • Adult education providers
  • Higher education professionals
  • Government professionals
  • Elected officials
  • Individuals with disabilities


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. An Overview of the Plan
  3. Small Group Discussions and Report Out on Opportunities for Improving the Draft Plan
  4. Small Group Discussions and Report Out on Strengths of the Draft Plan
  5. Next Steps
  6. Adjourn


The WIOA Combined State Plan - DRAFT authored by the NM Department of Workforce Solutions.


The public input meeting was convened by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions with the support of the State Workforce Development Board. New Mexico First is facilitating this meeting.


  • AmeriCorps New Mexico
  • New Mexico Commission for the Blind
  • New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-term Services Department,  New Mexico Senior Employment Program
  • New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • New Mexico Goodwill Job Training Programs‎
  • New Mexico Higher Education Department, Adult Education Division
  • New Mexico Human Services Department, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • New Mexico Public Education Department, Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
  • New Mexico Public Education Department, The College and Career Readiness Bureau (CCRB)
  • NM Department of Workforce Solutions, Veterans State Grants Program (JVSG)


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