Alicia is the current Sr. Program Manager for Workforce Training Center (WFTC) in Albuquerque NM. There they focus on one on one training as opposed to formal credit based education. WFTC acts as a certificate granting institution but also as an mvd, and even gives out tests such as teacher licensure. It is similar to STEAM New Mexico in how they work to link people with job opportunities and make sure these resources are known to the broader community. Overall, the Center helps New Mexico by allowing its citizens to find work related resources in a consolidated location, thereby mitigating unnecessary travel and retaining economic revenue.
Originally from Taos, Alicia traveled to study at MIT, yet found her way back to the arid home of New Mexico. When deciding what path to follow post-graduation, she found her answer in the altruistic question that lead her to working within the healthcare system. Subsequently, she received her MA from NMSU. Currently, she works to provide any work-related resources to Laguna Pueblo. Reception has been positive; classes on financial literacy have even been initiated to better prepare high school students. Alicia’s goal is to remove barriers that would prevent anyone from succeeding who puts the effort in. She has stayed at CNM for over twelve years because of the reward she finds doing such meaningful work. What matters to Alicia is that as many people as possible can be connected to the appropriate work and educational resources under the supportive umbrella of CNM Ingenuity.