City of Albuquerque Expands ‘Professional Training in Albuquerque’ with New Partnerships UNM and WESST – City of Albuquerque
June 3, 2021
Job Training Albuquerque (JTA), the City of Albuquerque’s workforce development program developed by the administration of Mayor Tim Keller, is expanding its course rosters this summer, now offering job training much in demand by through the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and WESST, a nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs in New Mexico.
Launched in January 2020 and maintained during the pandemic, JTA offers free professional skills courses with funding provided by the Economic Development Department (EDD) of Albuquerque City and is a partnership with the Central New Mexico Community College ( CNM). Since its inception, JTA has helped 72 organizations and 117 employees develop in-demand workforce skills such as coding, accounting, project management, business driver’s license training, and more.
“JTA’s success in its first year shows that this investment works on both sides in helping workers learn new skills and businesses create new jobs,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “These new partnerships with UNM and WESST are part of our economic development strategy to push Albuquerque into recovery.”
One of the main goals of this plan, Increment of One, is to create one, two and three jobs at a time by supporting business expansion and workforce development at the local level. By participating in JTA, employers agree to add a job to their business within two years, thereby stimulating the growth of small businesses through job creation and creating a larger pool of talented workforce. for existing and potential businesses.
Kyērstin O’Neal is a JTA participant who completed the Activate New Mexico program, a CNM Ingenuity business accelerator that helps early stage software-based startups with the goal of expanding New Mexico’s tech landscape.
“Thanks to the funding from JTA, I was able to take a big step forward,” said O’Neal. “ActivateNM has been extremely rewarding for my business, and the networking and mentoring opportunities were really powerful. “
UNM Anderson School of Management is a world-class business school with award-winning faculty and programs that offer a wide range of degree programs for a diverse student body. The school is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). They will offer the following career and professional development (CPD) programs through JTA:
- Fundamentals of human resources
- Preparation for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) exam
- Mediation certificate
“UNM Anderson School of Management is delighted to partner with the JTA program by offering non-credit management courses to those who wish to enhance their business skills,” said Gina Urias-Sandoval, Executive Director of the Anderson School of Management. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to serve the community and provide professional development programs that are valuable to community members and will have an impact on the economic development of our state.”
WESST is a New Mexico nonprofit organization that has been developing and delivering a small business training program for over 30 years. Their mission is to help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses using the latest tools and technologies to improve their core processes. WESST adds its Power Tool Program to Plan and Grow Your Business During COVID to the JTA Line. The course helps to improve the financial business acumen and business operations of the participants. The program will be available in Spanish and is the first Spanish language offering for JTA.
“WESST is delighted to partner with CNM and the City of Albuquerque on their career training initiative,” said Agnès Noonan, President of WESST. “There is incredible entrepreneurial talent in Albuquerque and we welcome the opportunity to provide our power tool training to interested students. “
“We are delighted to announce these vital new partnerships with UNM and WESST as part of our efforts to increase training opportunities for the Albuquerque workforce,” said Synthia R. Jaramillo, Director of Economic Development. “Empowering individuals through lifelong learning is essential to economic recovery and will lead to better career outcomes for our city. “
JTA is a partnership between the City of Albuquerque and the Central New Mexico Community College. Funding for the program is provided by the City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department and the program is administered by CNM Ingenuity, a workforce training arm of the college.
JTA is currently accepting applications for 2021 courses. A complete list of courses, how to apply and more is available at https://jobtrainingabq.org/.