Time: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Location: Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
New Mexico First hosted a statewide town hall on higher education and workforce development in spring 2018. Our state is rich in education and career opportunities
but also faces challenges.
New Mexico has ample opportunities, but must overcome barriers. Jobs in healthcare, education, energy, agriculture and STEM-related fields are abundant, but positions remain vacant. State tuition costs are some of the lowest in the nation, yet enrollment has fallen, and student loan default rates remain high. Higher educational institutions grapple with how to efficiently produce the graduates needed to fill industry demand despite considerable workforce pipeline barriers. These barriers include our state’s low high school graduation rates, poverty, a shrinking working-age population drawn to other states, and other barriers to entering and remaining in college and New Mexico’s workforce.
The town hall started with data-driven analyses and informed resident deliberations. It resulted in consensus-supported direction and actionable policy recommendations for education, community, business and policy leaders seeking optimal alignment of education and the workforce, as well as statewide economic prosperity. When education and workforce align, New Mexico communities and families will thrive.
Town hall participants focused on key issues surrounding higher education in New Mexico:
What Happened at the Town Hall?
Our town halls are not typical conferences with a series of presentations. There was a roundtable discussion and speakers at the beginning of the event to help set context, but the bulk of the town hall was comprised of small group discussions among participants who care about the future of the state and want to create practical recommendations that will lead to progress.
Prior to the town hall, participants received a background report that outlined the key issues and served as a basis for the discussions held during the town hall.
What Happened after the Town Hall?
Immediately after the town hall, the New Mexico First implementation team will develop a plan to advance the town hall’s platform with policymakers.
Day 1: April 10*
|8:30||Check-in, Breakfast and Networking|
|9:00||Welcome and Overview|
|10:45||Town Hall Overview|
|11:30||Small Group Overview|
|12:00||Keynote Presentation and Lunch|
|1:00||Small Group Discussion A|
|3:00||Small Group Discussion B|
|4:45||Plenary Session: Group Recommendations|
Day 2: April 11*
|8:30||Breakfast & Town Hall Overview|
|9:00||Small Group Discussion C|
|11:15||Small Group Discussion D: Recommendation Amendments|
|1:30||Presentation and Lunch|
Town Hall Leadership
Background Report: A New Mexico First background report was produced for town hall participants.
Final Report: The recommendations report was developed by nearly 200 New Mexicans on solutions to the state’s higher education and workforce
We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors who generously supported this town hall.