With over 500 direct-to-career training programs offered in 16 high-demand career clusters, and millions of dollars available in state and federal financial assistance, there’s never been a better time to jump start your career to get started on a new path.
Currently, 70 percent of all jobs in New Mexico require some form of education and training beyond a high school diploma or high school equivalency, and The New Mexico Higher Education Department is committed to helping New Mexicans understand their options. With career training programs in high-demand fields like healthcare, information technology, technical trades, and education, workers can attain or advance in careers with family-sustaining wages, even with short-term education.
Certificates in areas such as dental assisting and commercial driver’s license (CDL) take a year or less to complete, and are offered at public community colleges across the state. Those entering or continuing in the workforce full-time after earning an associate’s degree earn 24% more on average than those with only a high school diploma, and experience an unemployment rate of 2.8%.
Funding available via the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and state programs like the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship mean that residents can pursue education and career training at little to no cost, even if attending part time. Over $27.6 million is available to New Mexico students via state financial aid programs, with millions more available in federal aid.