SFCC and Innovate+Educate Launch Workforce Training and Professional Development

Santa Fe Community College’s Continuing Education and Contract Training and Innovate+Educate’s Santa Fe Advance Initiative have teamed up to launch a survey to determine local needs for workforce training. The goal is to gather information from the community in order to develop and deliver tailored workforce training and professional development to assure a qualified and prepared workforce. About 20 organizations are supporting the initiative. The survey will run through June 24 at https://www.sfcc.edu/workforce-training-survey/. As an incentive, all employers who participate in the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $350 gift certificate (sponsored by Innovate+Educate) to take their employees to lunch.

“Santa Fe Community College has a strong commitment to serving the community through workforce training,” said SFCC’s interim president Cecilia Cervantes, Ph.D. “We are excited to collaborate with Innovate + Educate’s Santa Fe Advance Initiative to launch a survey to enhance the understanding of employers’ needs for workforce training. The college is thrilled that more than a dozen other partners are working collaboratively to encourage employers to participate in the survey. Survey results will help the college better serve the community’s workforce training needs, which will strengthen our community and enhance economic opportunities.”

Jamai Blivin, CEO of Innovate+Educate, a Santa Fe based non-profit said, “Santa Fe Advance, an initiative of the Opportunity Santa Fe Collaborative Working Groups led by the Santa Fe Community Foundation, is proud to partner with Santa Fe Community College and others to assure that we receive critical feedback from employers on their training needs that will lead to jobs and employment opportunities for people across our community. This is a unique opportunity to align education, learning and training with employers’ needs. Santa Fe Community College is a critical partner to assure that Santa Fe continues to provide opportunities for employees and employers for long-term economic success.”

The college’s Continuing Education and Contract Training program offers a full range of noncredit courses, workshops and trainings to the community. “We’re eager to expand our offerings and the survey results will help us determine employers’ needs,” said SFCC Director of Continuing Education and Contract Training Kris Swedin.

Innovate+Educate is a nonprofit focused on shifting training, hiring and advancement strategies to ensure low income workers are provided access to learning and employment leading to lifelong economic success.

In addition to the two lead partners, the following partners are supporting the Workplace Training Survey: City of Santa Fe, Creative Santa Fe, Fab Lab Santa Fe at SFCC, Northern NM Human Resources Association, Regional Development Corporation, Santa Fe Advance, Santa Fe Area Homebuilders, Santa Fe Business Incubator, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe County, Santa Fe Green Chamber, Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe Small Business Development Center, Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent’s Office, Strauss Human Resources Consulting, The Hire Firm and Tech Hire Santa Fe.


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