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Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico

5600 Eagle Rock Avenue, NE

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113


Contact: Larry Augley

Phone: (505) 822-5500

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia Counties

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: Project NEON Navigating Employment Obstacles NOW will serve disabled residents in the four county area comprising the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico through the Central Area Model One Stop in Albuquerque. Building on the first round Work Incentive Grant awarded the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, a partner in Project Neon, funds will provide a full time Peer Navigator and an additional half time Navigator. Project NEON is a partnership between the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico and the SUCCEED SSA Program, a special initiative of the Department of Education. Key components of Project NEON include: * links to the Benefits Information Center, located in the One Stop; * enhancement of consumer choice in employment options; * Certified Wage/Benefits Planning Trainers; Interagency Agreements and partnerships to promote strong service infrastructures; * Increased services for disabled youth in schools who are ready for transition; * links with TANF programs; * NOW club; * staff training; * evaluation of program outcomes.

Partnerships: Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries, and Community Outreach Program for the Deaf.