Workforce and Economic Development

Workforce and Economic Development

Partnering to create jobs and train future employees
Instructor Miguel Maestas teaches in the new engineering machining degree partnership between Santa Fe Community college and the Laboratory.

The Laboratory invests and partners in workforce and economic development initiatives that train future employees, create jobs and help businesses grow. 

New pipeline programs address critical skills for a growing workforce:

  • In collaboration with the NM Department of Workforce Solutions, the two-year associate degree in Radiation Protection at Northern New Mexico College entered its second year, offering a path to jobs as radiological control technicians at the Laboratory. Four graduates have already been hired by the Laboratory.
  • A new partnership launched with Santa Fe Community College for an engineering machining degree for students who also intern at LANL
  • High school programs in Taos and Questa have been established to prepare seniors for Craft trades, in conjunction with NM Building & Construction Trades Council
  • The first New Mexico cohort of students were enrolled in STEM Core program at Santa Fe Community College, part of a nationwide initiative aimed at helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed academically in STEM subjects and prepare for careers

In partnership with the State, the Technology Readiness Gross Receipts Initiative was launched to provide New Mexico businesses the opportunity to work directly with scientists and engineers at Los Alamos or Sandia national laboratories to advance technologies licensed from or developed in a cooperative research and development agreement.

students working on a team-building exercise
STEM Core students at Santa Fe Community College working on a team-building exercise.

1,154 summer student interns worked virtually at the Laboratory in 2020 (58% from New Mexico).

The Laboratory spent $413 million on New Mexico small business contracts in the 2020 fiscal year, including $140 million with women-owned New Mexico small businesses and $17 million with veteran-owned New Mexico small businesses.

The Laboratory is also adopting a new digital procurement system that enables businesses to transact with LANL more easily, and completely electronically, with benefits including more efficient order processing, online order tracking and archiving, faster payment and time savings.