New Mexico TechWorks
New Mexico TechWorks is a project of the New-Mexico-born and Santa-Fe=based educational nonprofit, Community Learning Network (CLN). Professional educator and Executive Director Jennifer Nevarez founded CLN to support "building stronger communities through real-life learning." Working collaboratively to provide community-based, hands-on, transformational learning experiences for all ages, programs include S.E.E. Southwest Experiential Education, the Love Where We Live neighborhood engagement and improvement initiative, New Mexico Youth Ambassadors, and New Mexico Career Profiles. CLN has also facilitated a number of special projects over the years including the Language Institute for Sustainability and Transformative Education to provide TESOL certification for teachers through educational travel and immersion and the TDK Learning Community and Hoghan Dialogues in TeseDa’Kaan, Dinetah (Navajo Nation) with esteemed Dine'educator and indigenous researcher Dr. Larry Emerson , as well as the annual Teen Interfaith Dialogue with support from the Archdiocese of San Jose, the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, and the Shinnoyen Buddhist Foundation. With a deep commitment to local residency, community-based programs, and experiential education, CLN has worked with hundreds of organizations, community-driven projects, and local community members in New Mexico over the years.
Aware of the growing gap between education and employment in the Tech and Media industries, the New Mexico TechWorks project was launched to expand Tech access and education and increase Tech enterprise and employment in the region, especially for underserved and underrepresented community members. New Mexico TechWorks developed the website to begin mapping the Tech ecosystem, established a regional Tech Task Force and the TechHire Santa Fe collective action working group with Opportunity Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and has developed and supported numerous initiatives to bridge the gap between education and real-world Tech and Media enterprise and employment including school-based Tech training programs and bootcamps, the collaborative "Summer of Tech" initiative, annual "Hour of Code" events and local National Tech Education Week celebrations, and the first Tech Corridor at the annual Santa Fe Business Expo and Job Fair. NM TechWorks is also developing the Tech A.I.M. Apprenticeship, Internship, and Mentorship initiative to improve workforce development efforts with local youth, and has also launched the "1,000 websites in 1,000 days" campaign to provide website-making workshops and support to local community members, projects, and businesses, and Ready to Grow digital marketing workshops throughout northern New Mexico.