Ready for New Careers, New Industries, and New Opportunities

As published in the Las Cruces Sun-News, July 5, 2021 Getting back to “normal” for our community post-COVID means there’s likely a “new normal” for many who are thinking about their careers in a new way, along with businesses seeking to bring on workers in a new way. For those job seekers and businesses, there’s […]

Workforce Development is a Team Sport

As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin, June 18, 2021 Long before COVID, Doña Ana County set out on a comprehensive workforce development effort to ensure our people had access to everything they’d need to be a part of the amazing careers right here in our community. It began with building and mapping career pathways […]

A Summer Job Market Like No Other

As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin, May 21, 2021 Students who are looking for summer jobs this year may be able to find amazing jobs they would have never been able to find before, thanks to the strange dynamics affecting the workforce post-COVID. Employers are clamoring for talent and having a very hard time […]

Healthcare Industry One of the Best Places to Restart a Career

As published in the Las Cruces Sun-News, May 3, 2021 Federal unemployment benefits for those displaced by the pandemic are set to expire early in September. Between now and then, those who have lost their jobs have a unique opportunity to take advantage of millions of federal and state dollars for short- and long-term training […]

Can You Come Out of COVID Stronger than You Went In? YES!

As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin, April 16, 2021 The next five months are going to be critical for our New Mexico True Talent who’ve become displaced from their previous jobs due to COVID. In early September, the Federal unemployment benefits for displaced workers will end, and the state will reinstate the work-search requirement […]

Careers in the Agriculture Industry Are Ripe for New Mexico True Talent!

As published in the Las Cruces Sun-News, April 5, 2021 Nowhere in New Mexico are there greater opportunities for growth and expansion of the Agriculture Industry than Doña Ana County. Agriculture already accounts for 4,830 jobs in the county and generates 12% of New Mexico’s $3 billion in agriculture revenues. The county is home to 2,100 […]


As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin, March 19, 2021 At the one-year mark of the COVID pandemic, we’re all pretty familiar with COVID numbers. However, throughout the crisis, we, at The Bridge of Southern New Mexico, have been keeping our eyes on other numbers relevant to the cataclysmic chain reaction of impacts brought on […]

A Huge Advocate for Students and Teachers

As published in the Las Cruces Sun-News, March 1, 2021 “New Mexico just lost a huge advocate for kids,” said Michael Chavez, superintendent of Hatch Valley Public Schools (HVPS). The enormity of that loss advanced like a black fog across Las Cruces and New Mexico, as news of the tragic death of Las Cruces Public […]

What’s Ahead for Connection Education, Employment, and Economic Development

As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin, February 19, 2021 Leaders lead…and in Doña Ana County, we are leaders in the state!  That’s why our people are going to be a part of two projects currently underway with the New Mexico Public Education Department focused on strengthening the “bridge” between education and employment.  New Mexico […]

COVID’s Double Whammy on Workforce

As published in the Las Cruces Sun-News, February 1, 2021 COVID is having a double-whammy on workforce: disrupting the rate at which individuals are pursuing college, as well as displacing a surprisingly high number of degree holders in specific fields. Two pieces recently highlighted both the disparities in, and the opportunities for, connecting education to […]