Career Pathways Initiative

New Mexico


Central Area Workforce Development Board — Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico (WCCNM)


In 2006, New Mexico engaged in a government initiative that brought together state workforce partners: Children Youth and Family Services, Colleges and Universities, Economic Development, Public Education, Labor and Employment, Social Services and Workforce Training. A guidebook was developed to help individuals navigate the system to better understand the education and training that was required and available for occupations in seven career clusters. In the State’s current strategic plan, the Department of Workforce Solutions recognizes and continues the support of prioritizing industry and targeting resources for occupational skills training. The Department of Workforce Solutions’ strategic plan promotes the following: Design training programs for adults and youth that meet the needs of targeted industries in alignment with state and national strategic priorities; use an industry cluster approach for service delivery; enhance service delivery to focus on skill assessment and development; work cooperatively with the department of Economic Development, Public Education, Higher Education, and other state agencies to avoid fragmentation and enhance coordination and sharing of resources; coordinate with the Public Education Department on development of Career Pathways and curricula to support the New Mexico Career Clusters initiative in order to promote New Mexico career opportunities; and serve as a convening resource for industry, workforce, education, and economic development around industry clusters. The Central Workforce Investment Region is comprised of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties and includes the cities of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Most of the state’s major technological industries and businesses are located in this region, which is the state’s most populous but geographically smallest region.


Specific policy gaps or deficiencies the team will address through its participation in this technical assistance program:

  • Business and industry engagement; develop a strong role for employers in pathway development; worksite training and contribution of resources.
  • Program innovation; innovations in program content, delivery, integration; get stakeholders excited about the value of career pathways;
  • Sequencing of education and training that leads to credentials with value in the labor market;
  • Curriculum development and training to specific industry standards; portable credentialing and certification
  • System and partnerships; build sustainability by institutionalizing change
  • Aligning resources to leverage cost and eliminate duplication.




A strong Economic and Research and Analysis Bureau that provides labor market information; quality economic information specific to workforce regions; occupation and industry projections


  • Frances Bannowsky, Policy and Program Improvement Coordinator, New Mexico Higher Education Department
  • Susan Murphy, Vice President for External Affairs, Central New Mexico Community College
  • Sherry TenClay, Senior Program Manager, University of New Mexico Continuing Education
  • Rita Logan, Senior Program Manager, University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus
  • Jerilyn Sans, Planner, New Mexico Workforce Connection
  • Len Malry, Director of Workforce Education, New Mexico Higher Education Department
  • Carolyn VanderGiesen, Director, New Mexico Works Kathy McCormick, Regional Representative, Economic Development Corporation
  • Lisa Granger Sanchez, Department of Workforce Solutions
  • Dolores Haley, Bureau Chief, Department of Workforce Solutions
  • Therese Varela, Program Manager, New Mexico Economic Development
  • Joe Rodman, Jaynes Corporation
  • Paul Sanchez, Manager, Employment & Recruitment, PNM Resources
  • Patrick Newman - Central Workforce Board Administrators


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Dolores Haley, New Mexico State,
Department of Workforce Solutions
Phone: 505-841-8429