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New Mexico EDD Announces 29 Interns Have Graduated From Outdoor Economy Workforce Training

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A Santa Fe Children’s Museum Program Assistant doing a planting activity with kids. Courtesy/EDD

A River Source intern assessing the conditions of stormwater outfalls for the City of Santa Fe. Courtesy/EDD

EDD News:

SANTA FE — The Outdoor Recreation Division (ORD) of the New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) has announced the second cohort of high school students to graduate from New Mexico’s first paid outdoor industry internship program.

The program, sponsored by ORD, is run by Future Focused Education (FFE), an Albuquerque-based nonprofit that seeks to better connect underserved and nontraditional students to college and careers.

Since fall 2021, the paid outdoor internship program has placed 29 students with nine outdoor recreation industry employers in Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces. That represents more than a ninefold growth over the first cohort ORD announced in September 2021 , which included three interns.When she created the ORD in 2019, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham identified the outdoor recreation industry as a key target sector to diversify the New Mexico economy. Since then, the office has invested approximately $2 million in outdoor recreation grants and business programs, including the first-of-its-kind Outdoor Equity Fund and the state’s first outdoor business accelerator. […]

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