UNM-LA NEWS statement
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is pleased to announce the “SEED Scholarship,” in partnership with the Regional Development Corporation (RDC) and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. A preliminary announcement was made at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce meeting in 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 individual employees. The scholarship will award free tuition for up to 6 credit hours per semester to a Los Alamos employee working part-time or more. This will provide an “employee benefit” for small businesses that may not be able to offer this benefit to employees otherwise. The trial period for this program will be the spring semester of 2022.
UNM-LA is committed to helping provide pathways for students to take courses and pursue degree programs that relate to their career aspirations and goals. This SEED program was created specifically to help the community develop and maintain a strong workforce.
“The purpose of this program is written as ‘Scholarship for Education and Economic Development.’ We understand the challenges companies currently face in maintaining a suitable workforce. We also understand the challenges faced by individuals who need to work, but are also interested in pursuing higher education courses and programs to aid career advancement. “We hope this scholarship will help address some of these challenges and allow workforce development to become a reality for the many ambitious employees working in our county.”
The scholarship is the result 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 higher education institutions in northern New Mexico to identify training needs and develop a well-educated workforce in the region,” said Val Alonzo, Executive Director of RDC. The partnership aims to help companies in northern New Mexico find skilled workers and ensure that jobs are filled by in-state and in-county workers who wish to remain in their communities after receiving an education at two- and four-year colleges in the area. ”
“We view this as a great opportunity for workers to not only gain additional skills that propel them forward in the workforce, but also to gain a head start in education that can lead to degrees or certifications,” said UNM-LA Dean of Education. Paul Allen.
The University encourages interested individuals, and employers, to complete a simple SEED application and return it to the UNM-LA Financial Aid Office (email@example.com). To participate in this pilot program, the best consideration is January 21, 2022 for the Spring Semester. 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 on Tuesday, January 18 and registration ends on January 28. There are also several late start classes that start in February and March.
“The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with UNM-LA and RDC to be able to offer this amazing scholarship,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Ryn Herrmann, “We hope it will make a college education more attainable for our small business community.”
UNM-LA is a comprehensive, innovative, rigorous, and affordable community college that provides the foundations for transfer, leading professional programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.