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WIN will transform the workforce system & economy of a seven-county region in north-central New Mexico.

Putting the NETWORK IN WIN


Northern New Mexico Workforce Integration Network (WIN)

WIN brings together resources & support to Get a Good Job with opportunities for advancement in the building trades and healthcare industries.
“Inclusive regional economic growth doesn’t happen on it's own. Somebody has to bring together key stakeholders across program and jurisdictional boundaries, develop a common plan and oversee implementation through a network of partnering organizations.”
—Next Generation Sector Partnerships
WIN is a recipient of a $6.4 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

WIN aims to transform and diversify the regional economy by building a robust workforce in the key areas of Healthcare and Skilled Trades, leading to increased equity and more high-paying jobs. WIN will be open to unemployed or underemployed adults, or adults looking to skill up and get a good paying job with benefits.

  • Address need for qualified workers in identified industry sectors

  • Establish and strengthen regional networks for participant support

  • Assist un- and underemployed to gain good-paying employment

  • UA 412 Mobile Training Unit to remote locations

  • Articulation between industry training, higher education, and state academic institutions

  • Seven North-Central New Mexico Counties: Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos.

  • Navigators (4) to direct participants to education, training and support services

  • New faculty at participating institutions in both industry sectors

  • I-BEST instruction and support for each institution

  • Articulation Specialist

  • Mobile Training Unit for Skilled Trades Sector

  • % of WBL Coordinator Training & Education

  • Clinical Coordinator for Healthcare Sector

  • Travel, communication & outreach, supplies

  • Life Skills trainings and other wrap-around services for participants

  • Press Release

  • North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NCNMEDD) - Project Narrative

  • This website was prepared by NCNMEDD using Federal funds under award #ED22HDQ3070084 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.


The Good Jobs logo is a trademark of the Economic Development Administration, used with permission.


Organizations behind the Workforce Integration Network.

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North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NCNMEDD) serves as the WIN project administrator. Formed in 1967 under the EDA’s Public Works and Economic Recovery Act, NCNMEDD is one of seven regional councils of government in New Mexico and serves eight-counties. For over fifty years, NCNMEDD has helped the region to navigate economic adjustment and alleviate unemployment and underemployment in economically distressed communities through technical assistance, grants, loans, fiscal sponsorships, and grant/project administration. NCNMEDD has increased its capacity to bring in EDA investments by assisting with three successful EDA CARES Act applications in 2021 and 10 pending EDA ARPA and EAA applications in 2022. NCNMEDD works with many area communities to offset their limited capacity for community planning and development. As such, staff have long-standing and deep connections region-wide, as well as a strong network of partner organizations that includes employers, training institutions, community organizations, and local governments. With a staff of 30 and an operating budget of $4 million annually, NCNMEDD successfully manages over $20 million in federal and state grants each year.

Regional Development Corporation (RDC) serves as backbone for the Trades sector. Founded in 1996, the RDC is a private nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to improving economic development in Northern New Mexico. The RDC was initially established to serve as the Department of Energy Los Alamos Site “Community Reuse Organization” (CRO) with a mission is to diversify the economy within the north central New Mexico region. The RDC maintains a close working relationship with the Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and its affiliate contractors. It focuses on workforce development, investment opportunities, and technical assistance to facilitate job growth and to diversify the regional economy. It also serves as a facilitator to bring organizations together, offering training and job placement supports and drawing on extensive region-wide networks of union and employer partners. The RDC's Workforce and Academic Network Development pilot, which seeks to train workers in skilled trades and construction and has already accomplished significant groundwork building stakeholder trust, planning, and convening in the skilled trades. The RDC manages federal grants, having recently completed a $3.2 million workforce development grant from the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management. The RDC’s training work centers on the skilled trades, a sector where local employers report severe hiring gaps and where new employees can be trained quickly. The RDC seeks to develop a talent pipeline that can serve private and public organizations region-wide, an effort that is all the more critical now that the nation is gearing up to spend the largest investment in infrastructure in a lifetime, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) serves as back bone for Healthcare sector. For nearly 40 years, SFCC has been a gateway to success by providing affordable, high-quality educational programs that address a diverse community’s social, cultural, technological, and economic needs. SFCC serves 13,000 diverse students in credit, noncredit, and adult education programs. It is a Hispanic-Serving institution, a Best for Vets school, and a Military Friendly school. In 2015, SFCC was the lead entity on a $15 million, four-year Department of Labor grant. The New Mexico Skill Up Network: Pathways Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare (SUN PATH) consortium involved 11 higher education institutions statewide that trained thousands of low-skilled individuals for healthcare jobs. This experience cemented SFCC as a leader in healthcare training in New Mexico.


Day-to-Day team.

Camilla M. Bustamante, PhD. MPH
Northern New Mexico WIN Project Director
North Central Economic Development District

Joe Cooke

Northern New Mexico WIN Finance Manager

North Central Economic Development District

Dan Gerry

Skilled Trades Backbone

Regional Development Corporation

Terri Tewart

Healthcare Backbone

Santa Fe Community College


Staff openings will be posted here.

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