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Job Training Albuquerque Helps 20 Companies Develop More Skilled Workers

City-CNM partnership accepting applications for courses in digital marketing, supervisor training, IT, and accounting

Twenty companies have participated in the City of Albuquerque’s Job Training Albuquerque (JTA) workforce development program and 27 workers have received training since it began at the start of the year. Participating companies range in size from one to more than 200 employees and represent a broad set of industries. These include food service, creative industries, health care, law, and marketing.

Mayor Keller, who launched the program in partnership with CNM to boost a strong local business sector, said, “Job Training Albuquerque is a welcome asset for the city’s small businesses. COVID-19 has only elevated the need for programs like this that help our businesses build resilience, develop talent, and continue to grow even in hard times.”

Launched in January, JTA helps workers ‘skill up’ and businesses scale up. The program provides courses in high-demand skill areas and offers industry-specific credentials. JTA’s goal is to spur small business growth, job creation, and a deeper pool of workforce talent for existing and potential companies.

Doreen Garten, founder of James, LLC and JTA participant, said, “I did it! I met one of my lofty goals much earlier than I thought that I would! The goal was to be in the New York Now Market show. I am participating in it right now - Oct 3-7! This spring the IGNITE Program provided me with the tools to improve my skills and knowledge as an entrepreneur. Up until then, I had been rejected by the larger juried national shows that I had applied to. Backed with the knowledge and encouragement from the IGNITE Program, I applied for the NY Now Market and was accepted! Thank you JTA, IGNITE Program and my business coach, Karen Hanthorn-Rhodes.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the City of Albuquerque on this important workforce development program for our local economy,” said CNM President Tracy Hartzler. “JTA provides employers with great opportunities to skill up their employees in key areas that will help improve their workforce talent and their bottom lines. And employees gain high-demand skills and industry credentials that will broaden their career prospects. We’re proud to be a part of this empowering program that benefits Albuquerque businesses, our community members, and our local economy.”

JTA is a partnership between the City of Albuquerque and Central New Mexico Community College. Program funding 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.

“Albuquerque prides itself on being a city of opportunity, and the JTA initiative is helping to ensure our small businesses have access to the tools they and their employees need to thrive,” said Synthia Jaramillo, Director of Economic Development.

In response to COVID-19, all JTA programming was transitioned to an online format. JTA is accepting applications for fall courses. To apply, visit https://jobtrainingabq.org/application/.

JTA programs currently in progress include the Supervisor Academy, ActivateNM Accelerator Program, and Improve your Sales, Presentations and Branding. Upcoming programs for Fall 2020 include:

IT Pro Series                                                                                     Start Date: October 12

Our IT Professional series trains your employees in IT support, help desk, desktop support and general IT maintenance positions. The focus is on broad IT knowledge, technical customer support, troubleshooting, analysis, and problem solving.

Digital Marketing                                                                              Start Date: October 12

This online training introduces students to digital marketing, including email promotions, analyzing website traffic, search engine optimization, and online advertising

Information about new programs will be posted at https://jobtrainingabq.org/.