- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing that the state establish a new fund to quickly pay for training and certification of workers for specialized jobs with companies expanding or relocating in New Mexico.

Martinez said the $1.25 million fund would help the state compete for economic development and be used only when an expansion or recruiting of a large company wouldn’t be possible without fast development of the needed workforce.

The governor’s office said examples could include pharmacy technicians, specialized bilingual employees, machinists, welders, computer programmers and software developers.

According to Martinez, the money would be spent with the New Mexico college or university most suited to quickly providing the required training.

The Economic Development, Workforce Solutions and Higher Education departments would jointly administer the program.

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