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HED to participate in workforce development initiative

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Santa Fe – New Mexico’s Higher Education Department (HED) has announced its participation in a competitive U.S. Department of Education institute supporting state efforts to build stronger partnerships among workforce development stakeholders – the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s American Institutes for Research (AIR).

The AIR institute emphasizes the leveraging of effective communication and data-sharing to enable partners in a complex system to achieve common goals.

Not only are the partnerships viewed as good for businesses and job-seekers — they are also required by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

“It’s a great opportunity for New Mexico’s workforce,” Barbara Damron, higher education secretary, said. “Adult education empowers individuals, families and communities through accessible quality education. This institute will give our state the tools to create ripple effects for education and economic development stakeholders for years to come.”

HED’s plan was praised for its vision for stakeholder collaboration.

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The institute begins in October and runs through January, to include several days working at AIR headquarters in Washington, D.C. next month. Other states chosen to participate in the institute were California, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana and New Hampshire.