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Registration Opens for The Upcoming Town Hall on Strengthening Higher Education and Tomorrow’s Workforce!

Calling on all Community members, business leaders, family and labor advocates, educators, tribal representatives, government professionals, elected officials and students to register for the upcoming town hall, Strengthening Higher Education and Tomorrow’s Workforce.

Our state is rich in education and career opportunities but also faces challenges. New Mexico First is actively working to overcome those challenges by researching barriers to progress and convening a statewide deliberation on solutions.

New Mexico has ample opportunities, but most 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 will begin with data-driven analyses and informed resident deliberations. It will result 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 will focus on key issues surrounding higher education in New Mexico:
    • Student success and completion
    • Community college
  • Four-year university and beyond
  • Leadership, governance, and finance of the higher education system
  • Workforce integration and alignment
  • Healthcare workforce
  • Energy workforce



Date: April 10-11
Both Days: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109

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