Entries by Tracey Bryan

What Do Employers Need? Well-Qualified Talent

Originally published in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Monday, March 2, 2020 The gap between education and employment continues to widen and at lightning speed.  But coming up in our schools and colleges is a flood of future talent. They have unique gifts, talents, and skills. They are digital natives who have never known a […]

Connecting Education, Employment, and Economic Development

Originally published in the Las Cruces Bulletin on Friday, February 21, 2019 A wave of change is taking place in New Mexico. This one actually begins after the legislative session.  In regions across our state, business community members and economic developers are going to come alongside educators and other local stakeholders to discuss how to use investments […]

US Chamber Invests in Our Community’s Work

Originally published in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Monday, February 3, 2020 Talent drives economic prosperity.   Talent (in the form of a well-skilled person) is built through education and training. Talent then becomes the greatest asset of any business or public sector employer. Talent, employed in local industries vital to the economy, renders life-long financial […]

Recent Reports Confirm “Why” We’re Right

Originally published in the Las Cruces Bulletin on Friday, January 17, 2020 I am constantly reading reports – national, state, and local best practices, case studies, and recommendations on interventions and approaches relative to workforce development. Many of these reports inform our work. Others confirm it. We know that effective workforce development in Doña Ana […]

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 […]