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
You are invited to learn more and be a part of the discussion, decision-making, and solutions for a stronger workforce in New Mexico. 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.
State leaders recognize that plans are stronger, and strategies to achieve goals are wiser and more likely to work when community stakeholders test and refine ideas. Therefore, the State is committed to providing an opportunity for public comment on and inputs into the development of its Combined State Plan before submission.
Youth perspectives are critical. Youth are invited to attend the general public sessions. There will be 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 current administration is committed to creating a robust and skilled workforce that is the foundation of any healthy economy. Ideas that will be addressed in the combined plan and at the public input meetings are:
What will happen at the community meetings?
These meetings will provide 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 will be a brief opening session to set the context for the meetings, but the bulk of the meetings will be 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 should attend?
The WIOA Combined State Plan will be posted on this page and on the NM Department of Workforce Solutions website on January 20, 2020. Participants will receive an email when the report is posted and should read the state plan draft in its entirety before the public input meeting.
The public input meeting is 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.
Refreshments will be served at the general sessions and lunch or dinner will be served at the youth sessions. The youth sessions are open to youth only. If you require registration assistance, email us at email@example.com or call 505-225-2140.
Screen reader registrants will have the opportunity to select the desired public input meeting on the registration form. Screen reader registrants register here. All other registrants click on the desired public input meeting below.
If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Melanie Sanchez Eastwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-225-2140 at least 5 business days in advance, or as soon as possible.