Generating the Greatest Impact with the Money We Do Have

Originally published in the Las Cruces Bulletin on Friday, December 20, 2019 “We don’t have enough money to do _________________.” That seems to be a foundational premise when thinking about how to improve outcomes for our children, our families, our community, and our state.  I don’t disagree that, in many cases, it is true. However, […]

What Should an “Ecosystem of Opportunity” Look Like?

Originally published in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Monday, December 2, 2019 When it comes to workforce, an “ecosystem of opportunity” exists when supply meets demand. Supply of people with the right knowledge, skills, and abilities ready to step into the growing set of technical-, middle-, and high-skilled careers that employers in our community have […]

George Ruth Proves the Power of Business-Education Collaboration

Originally published in the Las Cruces Bulletin on Friday, November 15, 2019 “Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the […]

Close It Summit Promotes New Approaches to Closing Workforce Gaps

Originally published in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Monday, November 4, 2019 Closing the gaps between people and careers, educators and employers, adult workers and college credentials, high school students and career preparation, and children of color and 21st Century careers were all addressed at the Close It Summit, hosted by New Mexico-based Innovate+Educate. National leaders […]

Debating the idea of “Free College”

Originally published in the Las Cruces Bulletin on Friday, October 18, 2019 When Governor Lujan-Grisham announced her Opportunity Scholarship proposal to help more New Mexicans complete college, it sparked dialogue not just in New Mexico, but across the country. Currently 24 states offer some variation of “free college” in different forms, most focusing on two-year […]

Blaze a New Trail to Show Others the Way

Originally published in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Monday, October 7, 2019 Across the US, the labor market is growing increasingly tight. There were 1.08 available people for every 1 job in the country in July according to the US Chamber of Commerce’s new Monthly Workforce Monitor. During the recession of a decade ago, that […]

Business Voice Critical to CTE and Workforce Connections

Originally published in El Prospero of the Las Cruces Bulletin – September 2019 When I was in high school in the 80’s, “vocational education” included four classes for my fellow students who had little or no intention of going to college, rather planning to head straight to work after graduation. Today’s Career and Technical Education […]

The Slow, Steady Progress of Change

Originally published in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 Significant, meaningful change takes time and is frequently imperceptible in the moment. But if it’s done well, the results of change emerge gradually in the short term, but consistently over the long term.  That’s especially true for workforce development – one of the […]

Gadsden ISD Teachers Pave the Way for Teacher Externships in Doña Ana County

El Paso Electric, U.S. Bank Continue Investment in the Ground-Breaking Education and Workforce Efforts of The Bridge of Southern New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, NM – Newly announced investments in The Bridge of Southern New Mexico from two of its most-committed funders will support first-of-their-kind partnership projects underway with the Gadsden and Las Cruces districts. El Paso Electric recently awarded The Bridge its largest investment to date — $30,000 – to support the piloting of teacher externships […]