Job Training@100%: Innovation 9
Strengthening Local Services
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Job Training.9.1
Project 1: The “know your state and federal options” project
Rare is the urban/rural job training or higher education program/agency that doesn’t get by without a lot of help and guidance from the state or federal government (or both). Knowing a bit about those relationships will provide background information and possibly help with relationship-building to empower funding for a local agency.
Project: Job Training.9.2
Project 2: The “we need a state coalition to make great things happen” project
Through collaboration and the strategic use of data and technology, county players working together can find a way to ensure that job training works. We are not trying to simplify one of our nation’s and states’ most complex challenges in a sentence. We are advocating for the start of a long-term, local dialogue about how we end job training disparities so everyone has a chance to improve one’s life and salary. Your county and state network can educate local lawmakers about a new role for government: ensuring no student or parent misses work opportunities due to a lack of training. This coalition can also work to elect officials who will prioritize access to job training. Also, technology can connect all the players with a shared vision, goals, activities, use of data, use of communication and messaging, and evaluation processes. Your action teams starts with identifying who is leading the way in job training reform.