A $6.4 Million Grant for Job Development Is Benefiting Rural New Mexico

Daniella Cressman
"A new program designed to boost employment opportunities in rural northern New Mexico is getting $6.4 million in federal support." —Olivier Uyttebrouck

It is difficult for many residents in the rural communities of New Mexico to land a job: commuting to the nearest cities takes time and costs a lot of money, especially with the steep price of gas, and the opportunities are extremely limited because there aren't very many businesses in these areas.

Fortunately, a new program is aimed at boosting employment in rural New Mexico.

"A new program designed to boost employment opportunities in rural northern New Mexico is getting $6.4 million in federal support." —Olivier Uyttebrouck

This program will benefit families living in the countryside on multiple levels.

"During an online news conference Wednesday, [Governor Grisham] and others [said] it works on multiple levels: providing rural New Mexico a much-needed skilled workforce and making sure New Mexicans have the kind of jobs that can support a family." —Olivier Uyttebrouck

Additionally, the increase in jobs will be in industries that will benefit rural communities enormously: healthcare, construction, and other skilled trades.

"State and federal officials on Wednesday announced the grant intended to get more residents working in health care, construction and other skilled trades." —Olivier Uyttebrouck

The program has partnered with 33 employers.

"A core element of the program is a partnership with 33 employers, unions and governments, including some of the state’s largest hospitals and construction companies, which have agreed to help provide career pathways for participants." —Olivier Uyttebrouck

Outreach will also be focused on people who are recovering from substance abuse disorders, low-skill workers, and formerly incarcerated individuals.

"The program also will focus outreach efforts on low-skilled workers, people recovering from substance abuse disorders and formerly incarcerated people, according to a program description." —Olivier Uyttebrouck

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