Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Workers will train to fit the job slots.

Byline: Diane Velasco Journal Staff Writer

LAS CRUCES The New Mexico Border Authority has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the North American Development Bank for a pilot work-force training program in Dona Ana County.

The funds will be used to train workers on job sites for specific skills required by employers and to upgrade skills of people already employed, said Jim Coleman, executive director of the Border Authority.

"The program will be driven by the requirements of the people providing the jobs," he said. "Usually it's done the other way around."

The need for special training is being driven by the increase in border business during the past three years that has created a demand for skilled workers.

Actual training will be done by the Dona Ana Branch Community College, a satellite of New Mexico State University.

The unique program is necessary because of the economic development happening in the area, particularly in Santa Teresa, Coleman said. …

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