Program to help connecting job seekers to career opportunities

Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) and the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) are partnering to support NMDOT’s Industry Credential Pipeline Program that will help connect job seekers to career opportunities within the transportation industry.  

The NMDOT is responsible for building and maintaining New Mexico’s roads and infrastructure. NMDOT has created the Industry Credential Pipeline Program to prepare individuals for high-demand roles by integrating on-the-job learning and industry credentialing to build the transportation industry pipeline from an early stage in key areas such as planning, engineering, finance, budgeting, economics, commercial driver licensing (CDL), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  

NMDOT proposes a series of pipeline programs that prepare individuals for these high-demand roles. In partnership with DWS, NMDOT will introduce high school and postsecondary students to the diverse set of NMDOT occupations and provide opportunities to become part of the industry.  

Under a 4-year Memorandum of Understanding with DWS, NMDOT will provide Program information to DWS and partner staff, who will connect job seekers, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) participants to the Program. DWS will also determine eligibility for DWS and core partner programs that may provide education supports, wrap-around services, or other resources to assist Program participants to be successful in the Program.  

“The partnership between DWS and NMDOT is an exciting step towards developing the infrastructure workforce, a priority sector identified in the 2024-2027 WIOA State Workforce Plan,” said DWS Secretary Sarita Nair. “Through the work of the Local Workforce Development Boards and New Mexico Workforce Connection staff, the MOU paves the road to economic growth, support of workforce needs, and providing training and skills development to New Mexicans for high demand careers.”  

“The Industry Credential Pipeline Program will strengthen New Mexico’s transportation labor force, create sustainable career pathways, and ensure a skilled workforce for NMDOT’s future,” said Ricky Serna, NMDOT Cabinet Secretary.  

DWS will conduct information sessions for Program training providers referred by NMDOT on the process of Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) registration. Registering on the ETPL will allow Program participants to qualify for WIOA funding.  

In addition to training providers, connections to pre-apprenticeship or registered apprenticeship programs are also possibilities leading to workforce development and employment at NMDOT.  

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. Individuals may contact any New Mexico Workforce Connection to learn more, a list of office locations is available at 

Want to be a part of NMDOT? Statewide career opportunities abound, where you’ll make profound contributions to your communities, fellow citizens, and travelers in New Mexico. From bike paths to bridges, we do it all! Outstanding benefits, competitive pay, opportunities to expand your knowledge and experience to grow in one of the most uniquely beautiful states in the country.

Visit our website at: Careers | NMDOT