Employment and Training Program

Employment and Training Program

NIYC’s Employment and Training Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Title I, Section 166, Indian and Native American Programs. NIYC has successfully administered this program since the 1980s.

Program Goals

NIYC’s goal is to support off-reservation Native jobseekers striving to:

  • Develop academic, occupational and literacy skills;
  • Become engaged, prepared, and sought-after members of the workforce;
  • Attain personal and economic self-sufficiency; and
  • Enter, re-enter, or retain employment.

What We Offer

NIYC offers the following services:

Self-Service: Individuals may visit our offices to search for and apply for jobs, access labor market information, or apply for the additional services listed below.

Career Services: Individuals may apply to receive program services including workshops, coaching, development, referrals and internship placement.

Intensive Services: Individuals may receive individualized skills and aptitude assessments, individual education/employment plan, individual and career counseling, case management, career exploration and supportive services (tuition assistance, transportation/clothing allowance, book reimbursement).

Training Services: Individuals may receive occupational skills training, upgrading, and retraining. Includes GED attainment.

Who This Program Serves

This program serves off-reservation Native jobseekers across New Mexico that meet the criteria below.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals applying for training and intensive services must meet all of the following requirements for participation, and provide documentation for verification:

Eligibility RequirementRequired Documentation
18 years or olderState- or Tribally-Issued Identification
Reside off-reservationID, Proof of Residency, Utility Bill
Proof of American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian ancestryCIB, BIA Form 4432, Tribal Identification or Certification of Descent
Unemployed, underemployed, or economically disadvantagedPay Stubs, Self-Certified Statement of Income, Layoff Notice, Other Documentation
If a male born after 1960, must be registered with the U.S. Selective ServiceRegistration Acknowledgement Card
For classroom training, once enrolled:Current class schedule
Financial needs analysis
Placement testing scores
Official transcripts

Programs

The following programs are offered to qualified participants:

Classroom Training

Participants must attend classes at an accredited post-secondary institution leading to either a career-related certificate, credential, or degree.

Work Experience

NIYC offers short-term employment opportunities designed to provide job experience while participants acquire positive work habits and skills. Internship placements are customized based on the individual’s interests, skills and career plans.

Internships typically vary in number of hours per week. Placements may not exceed three months. Internship schedules and work hours can be customized with the intern and work experience host site, up to the cap set by NIYC. In all cases, internships never exceed 40 hours per week.

Our Internship Partners

NIYC maintains a vast and growing network of partner organizations that serve as work experience host sites. These organizations are in a wide variety of employment sectors across New Mexico.

How to Apply

To get started:

  1. Download the NIYC WIOA Pre-Application
  2. Fill out the Pre-Application completely and sign it
  3. Gather the required documentation that will be used to determine your eligibility (see highlighted section below)
  4. Bring your completed Pre-Application and required documentation the nearest NIYC office.
Eligibility RequirementRequired Documentation
18 years or olderState- or Tribally-Issued Identification
Reside off-reservationID, Proof of Residency, Utility Bill
Proof of American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian ancestryCIB, BIA Form 4432, Tribal Identification or Certification of Descent
Unemployed, underemployed, or economically disadvantagedPay Stubs, Self-Certified Statement of Income, Layoff Notice, Other Documentation
If a male born after 1960, must be registered with the U.S. Selective ServiceRegistration Acknowledgement Card
For classroom training, once enrolled:Current class schedule
Financial needs analysis
Placement testing scores
Official transcripts

I Applied – Now What?

Once you have submitted the required pre-application materials, you will be scheduled for the soonest available intake appointment. During that appointment, you will be asked to complete an application, and your eligibility materials will be collected and reviewed for completeness and eligibility verification. If you have a question about the status of your pre-application, please contact your servicing office.