Workforce Development Programs

Information on Albuquerque Workforce Development Programs

Job Training Albuquerque

Job Training Albuquerque (JTA) is a workforce development program that provides opportunities for the local workforce to gain necessary skills in order to fill skill gaps and meet the workforce needs of existing and potential employers. Ultimately, JTA will result in company growth, job creation and a deep employment talent pool for existing and potential companies.

JTA provides an opportunity for Albuquerque employers to skill up their workforce and provides and opportunity for employees to gain high-demand skills and industry specific credentials.

Program and skills areas include:

  • Supervisor Skills
  • Digital Marketing
  • UX Web Design
  • Cyber Security
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Business & Operations Training for Artisans and Creatives 

JTA is designed to adapt to the changing needs of Albuquerque employers. Additional training courses may be added as further needs are identified.

Preference will be given to companies in the industries of; renewable and alternative energy product manufacturing, directed energy, optics and photonics, aerospace and aviation, software and cyber security, film and digital media, biosciences, advanced manufacturing, creative industries, food products, logistics, healthcare, media post-production, biomedical, and software development.

Companies will be required to be:

  • Incorporated as a for-profit or not-for-profit entity in the State of New Mexico.
  • Headquartered with in the Albuquerque city limits.
  • A small business with 500 or fewer employees.
  • Willing to commit to increasing their workforce by at least one employee in the next two years.
  • Willing to send employees to training at scheduled class times.
  • Located in Albuquerque for 1 year, or for start-ups, the business owner has been an Albuquerque resident for at least 1 year.
  • Trainee position must be full time (32 hours per week).

JTA is a partnership between the City of Albuquerque and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). Program funding is provided by the CABQ Economic Development Department and is administered by CNM Ingenuity.

The program was launched in January 2020.

Other Workforce Training Programs

Our community is nimble and eager when it comes to creating workforce development programs that provide employers with the talent they need to operate successfully. Here are other workforce development  programs providing workforce training:

  • JTIP: The Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) funds classroom and on-the-job training for newly-created jobs in expanding or relocating businesses for up to 6 months. The program reimburses 50-75% of employee wages. Custom training at a New Mexico public educational institution may also be reimbursed.
  • CNM Workforce Training Center: WTC offers customized training services for local employers. WTC provides high quality and innovative employee training, professional development, continuing education and skill development. CNM can assist with company’s training needs by making instructors available on site to teach CNM courses or customized training programs (including classroom or on-the-job). CNM can lease equipment or use the company’s equipment to make sure employees are getting training on specific industry equipment. And, an offsite training program can be created to help identify the most qualified applicants prior to hiring.
  • UNM Continuing Education: UNM-CE’s custom training programs offers businesses a cost-effective, targeted way to enhance employees’ job skills and performance. UNM-CE can customize any course to meet the unique needs of an employer.
  • Innovate ABQ: Innovate ABQ is focused on creating industry-relevant skills programs, supporting entrepreneurs, helping existing firms expand and innovate and strengthening local assets that improve the economic prospects of local workers and industries. This is an approach that prioritizes the skills, infrastructure, capital and innovation needs of existing industries and emphasizes creating value and income in the economy through increased productivity and trade, especially from our advanced industries.
  • NM Department of Workforce Solutions: NMDWS operates three workforce development centers in the metro area. The development centers match the needs of employers with the skills of job seekers by offering pre-screening assistance, recruitment assistance, on-the-job training programs, and labor market information. At no charge, NMDWS will pre-screen applicants to a client’s basic criteria, providing a list of those meeting the criteria to the company for future interviews.
  • CNM Ingenuity: CNM Ingenuity supports a new approach to education that provides accelerated educational and training opportunities in key workforce areas, wrap-around support for aspiring entrepreneurs, and cooperative ventures that foster economic development and job creation in the region
  • Deep Dive Coding: Intensive, accelerated technical training bootcamps in a variety of modern web programming and software development. Students learn the fundamentals of modern web development and learn to code and build sites and apps. The programs teach in-demand skills relevant to what employers need today. Bootcamps include fullstack web development, java and android, and more.
  • Deep Dive Coding Digital Media Bootcamp: Students learn the fundamentals of digital media design and production to build a career in digital animation, game design and more.
  • Cultivating Coders: CC is an accelerated 8-week coding bootcamp provider that specializes in facilitating intensive software development training programs for underserved and rural communities. Here are some notable metrics from the program:
    • 14 successful camps in just three years.
    • Three graduates are now instructors.
    • The high school program has a 100% completion rate, and all camps have a 94.8% completion rate.
  • Emprende Latino: EmprendeLatino is a first of its kind tech accelerator for Hispanics and Latinos, providing $100K venture investment to participants upon successful completion of the 3-month program.
  • Girl Develop It: GDI is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, GDI helps women of diverse backgrounds achieve their goals and build confidence in their careers.
  • New Mexico IT Apprenticeship Program: NMITAP bridges the gap between training opportunities and workforce needs by offering apprenticeships and supporting training.
  • New Mexico TechHire: TechHire is an innovative job training program to prepare Albuquerque residents for high-demand careers in technology.
  • EC-Council: Headquartered in Albuquerque, EC-Council is a global leader in cybersecurity certification programs such as Certified Ethical Hacker and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator.
  • New Mexico Technology Council: NMTC is a statewide association that helps create opportunities for tech businesses in New Mexico to connect and grow.


  • Kirtland Air Force Base used a $45,000 grant from Raytheon and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to open a STEM Center of Excellence for children. The center gives kids access to advanced technologies including 3D printing, computer programing and other STEM-related activities.
  • Albuquerque Public Schools received a $7.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase STEM education for North Valley STEM Schools. The money will convert Mission Avenue Elementary School, Garfield Middle School and Valley High School into "engineering for the future" schools.
  • AFRL New Mexico: As the largest contributor to STEM education, spending more than $1.5 million in the state on hands-on learning initiatives to develop the future workforce. AFRL programs and spending reach students across the state from elementary to grad students.