State and Regional Workforce Boards

The Governor and the State Workforce Development Board have been assigned broad authority under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to provide policy and guidance to local boards, local one-stop delivery systems, and one-stop partner programs. Members of the board are appointed by the Governor and serve as the Governor's employer-driven workforce development adviser for programs and policies under WIOA. The board performs functions that include strategic planning, policy guidance, capacity building, and leadership and oversight of the state system operations.

Latest Meeting: April 3, 2024

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Local Workforce Development Boards 

Northern Area Workforce Board

The New Mexico Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board (NALWDB) promotes business and community partnerships for local economic development while providing vocational training and employment services to meet the demands of a changing workforce. The Northern Area is comprised of ten counties that include Cibola, Colfax, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Santa Fe, San Miguel, and Taos.

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Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico

The Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico (WCCNM) serves four counties (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance) in the Central Region with New Mexico Workforce Connection centers in each county. The WCCNM is a robust network of organizations and agencies that come together to support business and promote the workforce. Partner organizations in the Central Region provide quality services and resources for people exploring career opportunities while supporting local businesses’ workforce needs and economic development initiatives. Priority industries in the region include IT/tech, healthcare, construction, and manufacturing.

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Southwestern Workforce Board

The New Mexico Southwestern Area Workforce Development Board is the governing and funding body for the delivery of services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program to the Southwestern region. The Southwestern region is comprised of seven counties that include Catron, Socorro, Sierra, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, and Dona Ana. The WIOA program partners with other government and non-governmental programs to deliver an array of services that are geared toward satisfying the workforce needs of businesses, job seekers and youth.

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Eastern Area Workforce Board

The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) serves twelve counties, including Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Guadalupe, Harding, Lea, Lincoln, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt, and Union. The board oversees WIOA funding that provides individual training for Adult and Dislocated Workers, Adult and Dislocated Worker On-The-Job Training, and WIOA Youth. In conjunction with the New Mexico Human Services Department, the board oversees the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamp (FS), and Employment and Training (E&T) programs in their area.

Visit the Eastern Board Website

Visit the New Mexico Workforce Connection Eastern Area Website 

Program Information

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. 

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State Combined Plan

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education have approved New Mexico’s modification to the program year (PY) 2016 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan submitted on April 2, 2018 pursuant to sections 102(c)(3)(A) and 103(b)(1) of WIOA. The State Plan modification covers PYs 2018 and 2019 and will take effect July 1, 2018. This approval covers the joint planning elements, or “common elements,” as well as the program-specific requirements for the six core programs under WIOA. This approval also constitutes a written determination that covers the program-specific requirements for the Combined State Plan programs that New Mexico included in its State Plan that are administered by the Department of Labor: the Jobs for Veterans State Grants program authorized under 38 U.S.C. 4100, et. seq. and the Senior Community Service Employment Program authorized under title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965 as amended.

WIOA State Combined Plan Executive Summary

WIOA Plan Estatal Combinado Resumen Ejecutivo

WIOA State Combined Plan Program Years 2020-2023

WIOA State Combined Plan Program Years 2022-2023 Modification

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