Staying Connected in COVID

As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin – August 21, 2020 by Tracey Bryan COVID has driven change in connectivity and community in the strangest ways. Grocery shopping and eating out has become less “mobile” physically while being more technologically “mobile” through app and online ordering. For many, Facebook is now the place we “go” […]

Parents Have Always Been Vital to Their Children’s Education

As published in the Bottom Line of the Las Cruces Bulletin – August 14, 2020 by Tracey Bryan COVID-19 has pulled all of us out of our comfort zones. “Normal life” has become very far from normal, as what we love about closeness and community has been replaced by social distancing, masks, and Zoom. And […]

Funders Helping Make Economic Recovery Possible

As published in the Las Cruces Sun-News – August 3, 2020 by Tracey Bryan There’s never been a more critical time to focus on unleashing the economic opportunity of people by strategically equipping them with the education and training that prepares them for well-paid careers here in Doña Ana County.  As of this writing, 11,210 […]

A Beautiful Community Rooted in Unity

As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin – July 17, 2020 by Tracey Bryan “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Across the country, we’re seeing what began as a righteous protest to an inexcusable death transform into a movement that’s destroying livelihoods and claiming […]

A Successful End to the First “Blended Senior Year”

As published in the Las Cruces Sun-News – July 6, 2020 by Tracey Bryan Everything about graduation for the Class of 2020 was unusual. But for a group of 33 seniors in Santa Teresa High School (STHS), it signaled the successful completion of New Mexico’s first “Blended Senior Year” cohort. The “blended” model turns the […]

Where Are There Jobs? Just Look Up!

As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin – June 19, 2020 by Tracey Bryan The Aerospace, Commercial Space, and Defense industries represent some amazing career opportunities…not just here but anywhere. White Sands Missile Range and Test Facility, Jacobs Technology that runs the NASA contract, Virgin Galactic, Spaceport America, Boeing, and the Physical Sciences Lab at […]

What Do I Do Now?

As published in the Las Cruces Sun-News – June 1, 2020 by Tracey Bryan It’s hard to believe COVID-19 descended upon our state less than three months ago. Keeping people safe has resulted in shuttered businesses, some closed for good, and driven more than 100,000 to unemployment roles, with another 26,000 self-employed businesses filing for […]

Recovery or Revival?

As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin – May 15, 2020 by Tracey Bryan Without question, COVID-19 has plunged us into far more than a health crisis. It has created a tidal wave of change in our daily lives, and, indeed, the “cure” has been painful – nationally, 16 people have lost their jobs for every one person who’s […]

Finding Certainty in a Time of Uncertainty

As published in the Las Cruces Sun-News – May 4, 2020 by Tracey Bryan The impact of COVID-19 on jobs, businesses, and incomes is heartbreaking. Unemployment rates locally had already jumped from 5% to 7.5% as of March. From March to April, postings for available jobs in the Workforce Connections system declined by just over […]

Perspectives Change in a Pandemic

As published in the Las Cruces Bulletin – April 17, 2020 by Tracey Bryan It turns out that pandemics provide perspective.  The literal upending of our collective lives in response to COVID-19 have given us a new-found appreciation for basic things we used to not give even a second thought to, like toilet paper, shaking […]