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This week, New Mexico in Focus continues its look at counteracting the “brain drain” of young, talented New Mexicans leaving the state for jobs and economic opportunities. In the final segment of this four-part series, Correspondent Gwyneth Doland looks at job alignment.

And NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with two local education leaders to talk about current vocational training opportunities. A certificate or vocational training program can prepare individuals to work in fields like healthcare and construction. Are training programs in New Mexico aligned with current job opportunities?

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate some of the top stories in news headlines this week, including why some Duke City residents have moved to Denver, what needs to be done to combat crime in Albuquerque, and how to address the problem of attracting doctors to rural New Mexico.

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Sarah Gustavus

Studio Guests:
Zane Fischer, co-coordinator, MIX Santa Fe
Kelley Francis, tech project manager, Meow Wolf
Jennifer Nevarez, executive director, Community Learning Network
Denise Ojeda, faculty, Central New Mexico Community College
Ryan C. Parra, board member, Rio Rancho Public Schools

Line Panelists:          
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m. and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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