Counting the Full Cost of College

Learn & Earn Column, Las Cruces Sun-News: Sept. 2, 2018 August was an exciting time in our town, as the streets of Las Cruces filled with the more than 12,000 students attending New Mexico State University and 8,000 more at Dona Ana Community College. A new school year is packed full of possibilities for these […]

Connecting Workforce Opportunity to Maximize Outcomes and Impacts

Las Cruces Sun-News, Learn & Earn Column – June 3, 2018 Academic outcomes have economic impacts. That’s the underlying message of every plan that seeks to build a strong economic future for New Mexico: New Mexico First Statewide Town Hall on Higher Education & the Workforce recommendations that were released in mid-May. The “hard to […]

We Have a Lot to Look Forward to…Just Ask the Kids

There’s something special about young people full of hope and aspirations for the future. That special-ness was on full display at the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Middle School Recognition event in April. In what was an incredibly uplifting night, the Chamber’s signature education event packed out the auditorium of Doña Ana Community College’s […]

Staying Ahead of the Robot Apocalypse

Las Cruces Sun-News – Learn & Earn Column April 1, 2018 Robots are taking over…literally. Technological advances creating “disruptive innovations” across a host of industries are generating seismic shifts in the workforce and how workers can remain qualified and competitive in the job market. According to the Associated Press, construction is just the latest industry […]

Connecting the dots, building awareness to ignite workforce talent

Las Cruces Sun-News – Learn & Earn Column March 4, 2018   “There are no jobs.” How many times have you heard that when conversations turn to the exodus of young families from New Mexico, or the state’s high poverty rates, or some national ranking that paints a negative picture of some facet of life […]

Bridge Announces New Board Members in 2018

Published by the Las Cruces Sun-News, Dec. 19, 2017 LAS CRUCES – As The Bridge of Southern New Mexico begins 2018 with an increased focus on making and strengthening the connections to support academic and economic success for those who live here, it will also have a new set of influential community leaders joining its […]

Las Cruces Sun-News Opinion: Arrowhead Park Shows Dual Credit Classes Work

Published 7:07 a.m. MT Oct. 15, 2017 (Photo: Courtesy photo) by Wanda Mattiace and Michael Morehead Arrowhead Park Early College High School’s (ECHS) recognition as a national Blue Ribbon School is an incredible distinction for our community and the partnership and leadership that brought the school to life. Congratulations to the outstanding teachers, school administration, […]

Albuquerque Journal Opinion Column: Dual credit courses benefit students, NM economy

by Wanda Mattiace And Michael Morehead / The Bridge Of Southern New Mexico, Las Cruces Legislative committees recently debated whether dual-credit courses – college-level classes taken by high school students – are worthy of public investment. Do they provide a return on investment of those state dollars? Yes, for New Mexico’s families, and yes, for […]

The Bridge of Southern New Mexico Nets $10K Grant from El Paso Electric

As reported in the Las Cruces Sun-News: LAS CRUCES – El Paso Electric continues its commitment as a strong community partner by making a $10,000 grant to The Bridge of Southern New Mexico, the innovative, business-led, education-focused collaborative driving increased graduation rates and workforce preparedness in Doña Ana County. The Bridge has recently begun working […]