ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Local employers and educators are teaming up to add 60,000 graduates to the central New Mexico region by 2020.
The program is called Mission: Graduate.
According to program directors, 38 percent of working-age adults in Torrance, Valencia, Bernalillo and Sandoval counties have post-high school degrees, and one eighth of the population dropped out of high school.
The goal is not only to get more people to graduate high school, but to help them get a college degree or certificate.
Intel, United Way, PNM, UNM, and CNM are just a few that have committed to the program.
‘”We know that's important to the economy in this area and to the vitality of the people who live in New Mexico and I really believe in the ability of this community to rise to this occasion,” said Kathy Winograd, president of CNM.
APS and Rio Rancho schools are also participating in Mission: Graduate by promoting tutoring programs from elementary to high school and also hiring college students during the summer to work in technical fields.
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