Jobs and Workforce Training

Central New Mexico Community College


Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) is New Mexico’s largest and most comprehensive community college and the state’s largest educational institution. CNM has a long and well-deserved reputation for its responsiveness to employers’ training needs. Its manufacturing processes, optics, photonics and electronics programs are well established and in recent years the school added programs in biotechnology, microsystems, aerospace technology and film production to meet new demand. CNM offers distance learning for both regular classes and customized classes for companies.

Academic schools:

  • Applied Technologies
  • Business and Information Technology
  • Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Adult and General Education
  • Health, Wellness and Public Safety
  • Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Branches: 5
Enrollment, fall 2010: 30,534

CNM Workforce Training Center


CNM built its Workforce Training Center  in the I-25 corridor, in the midst of customer-support call centers, R&D facilities and manufacturers. Here the school concentrated many of its business-related programs.

The center provides timely, flexible, worker training for large and small companies, nonprofits and government agencies. It can customize training based on worker assessments. And it will train workers year-round at company sites or through distance learning.

The 62,500-square-foot center has six computer labs, 18 classrooms and a high bay for large equipment, which can be rented for everything from specialized industry training to meetings and conferences.

Barelas Job Opportunity Center

Website / 247-8700 (phone)

  • Physical address: 1309 4th St. SW, Suite D

Located in the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Complex, the center’s mission is to develop and train a workforce from the Barelas business district, the Albuquerque downtown area and the South Valley. The center provides job listings, workshops and some training.

The center includes Job Works, which provides such services as assessment, job referrals, counseling, and training referrals (skill improvement, retraining, job readiness) for the unemployed with emphasis on disadvantaged or dislocated workers.

Goodwill Industries of NM: Workforce Development Program

Website / 881-6401 (phone)

  • Physical address: 5000 San Mateo Blvd. NE

As a community service, Goodwill Industries of New Mexico offers the public its Training Center, which provides a job bank, which is maintained daily; a computer bank with Internet access for job searches, career exploration and resume building; a resource library, a telephone bank to arrange appointments and talk to employers; office equipment. The Albuquerque Training Center is at 5000 San Mateo Blvd. NE.

Community-Based Programs – Services include assessment of abilities, skills and interests; job leads and matches; interview training; resume building; transportation assistance; on-the-job coaching; job advocacy; and services for homeless individuals.

Skills Training Programs – Programs include writing a master application; writing a resume; internet job search; personal financial management; and customer service skills, among others. Courses combine classroom work with on-site experience and internships, providing hands-on training in occupational literacy, retail, clerical, janitorial and computer skills training. Classes are offered weekly or monthly. Call 881-6401 for class schedule.

Facility-Based Programs – Clients with little or no job history receive team-supported training and placement at Goodwill’s own retail facilities. Clients work in a real work setting in Goodwill’s processing and donation centers with supervised guidance and monitoring. Services include assessment of abilities, skills and interests, and development of an employment plan by client and support team. Pre-employment training helps client establish positive work habits. Upon completion, client may be referred to Community-Based Programs.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute


SIPI is a National Indian Community College that prepares Native American students to be productive life-long learners.  In 2010 it ranked 35th among Washington Monthly’s top community colleges.  The institute provides low tuition and board to members of federally recognized Indian tribes.

Divisions of Instruction:

  • Advanced Technical Education (Electronics Technologies, Engineering, Geospatial Information Technologies, Natural Resources)
  • Applied Vocational Technologies (Culinary Arts, Vision Care Technology)
  • Business Technologies (Accounting, Business Administration, Network Management, Office Information Applications, Transfer Degree Programs)
  • General Education (Liberal Arts, Adult and Developmental Education, GED)

Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico

Website / 841-9300 (phone)

  • Physical address: 501 Mountain Road NE

An agency of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the Workforce Career Center is one of many employment offices around the state serving both individuals and employers.

The department web site describes education, training and apprenticeship programs.

Workforce Development Center

Website / 841-9300 (phone)

  • Physical address: 501 Mountain Road NE

An agency of the New Mexico Department of Labor, the Albuquerque Workforce Development Center is one of 32 employment offices around the state serving both individuals and employers.

The center’s classroom training program provides up to 104 weeks of training for people in need of basic job skills or those who need to improve their skills. Courses can be taken at any community college or university in New Mexico.

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