UNM-LA Offers New Scholarship to Benefit Los Alamos Small Business Employees – Los Alamos Reporter

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The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is pleased to announce the “Education and Economic Development (SEED) Scholarship, in partnership with the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. An initial announcement was made at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce meeting on January 13.

This program will provide scholarships to students working in Los Alamos County with the goal of helping local employers recruit and retain employees, while developing the knowledge and skills of each employee. The scholarship will award free tuition for up to 6 credits per semester for an employee of a Los Alamos company who works half-time or longer. This will provide an “employee benefit” for small businesses that may not be able to offer this benefit to employees otherwise. The pilot period for this program will be the spring semester of 2022.

UNM-LA is committed to helping students take courses and pursue degree programs relevant to their career aspirations and goals. This SEED program was specifically created to help the community develop and maintain a strong workforce.

“The purpose of this program is encapsulated in the name ‘Education and Economic Development Scholarship’. We recognize the challenges businesses currently face in maintaining an adequate workforce. We also understand the challenges presented to people who need to work but also want to pursue higher education courses and programs to help with career advancement,” commented UNM-LA Chancellor Cindy Rooney. “We hope that this scholarship will help address some of these challenges and allow workforce development to become a reality for many aspiring employees who work in our county.”

The scholarship is the product of a partnership created between RDC and UNM-LA through the RDC Workforce Training and Education Program. “The Workforce Training and Education Program is an investment by RDC in partnership with institutions of higher education in northern New Mexico to identify training needs and develop a workforce well-educated workforce in the region,” said RDC Executive Director Val Alonzo. “The partnership aims to help northern New Mexico businesses find skilled workers and ensure jobs are filled by state and county workers who want to stay in their communities after training in two- and four-year colleges in the area. ”

“We see this as a great opportunity for workers to not only learn additional skills that advance them in the job market, but also to get a head start on education that can lead to degrees or diplomas. certificates,” the Dean of Instruction at UNM-LA said. , Dr. Paul Allen.

The University encourages interested individuals and their employers to complete the simple SEED application and return it to the UNM-LA Financial Aid Office ([email protected]). To participate in this pilot program, the best date for consideration is January 21, 2022 for spring semester courses. Please visit https://losalamos.unm.edu/students/financial-aid/scholarships.html for more information and to download the application.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the short application as soon as possible. Most UNM-LA classes begin Tuesday, January 18, and registration closes January 28. There are also several late start courses that start in February and March.

“The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to partner with UNM-LA and RDC to be able to offer this incredible scholarship,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann, “We hope this will make college education more achievable for our small business community.”

UNM-LA is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive community college that provides the foundation for transfer, cutting-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.

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