San Juan College has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) partnership with the Jicarilla Apache Nation’s Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. 

Group of the SJC Leadership team with representatives from the Jicarilla Apache Tribe signing the MOU

The MOU formally recognizes the partnership, aimed at expanding training and educational opportunities for youth, adult, and workforce programs for Jicarilla Apache Nation community members. Jicarilla WIOA and San Juan College will work together to design and implement programs that align with the specific needs of the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

“We firmly believe that higher learning is the key to building a healthy community,’ said Jicarilla Apache Nation Vice President Sonja Newton, “By creating educational and training opportunities, we empower our people to better themselves and chart a brighter career pathway.”

Programs under the MOU will include high-quality and relevant educational opportunities for Jicarilla Apache youth, such as dual credit classes and summer enrichment and pathway programs.

The MOU also aims to increase the number of adults participating in the SJC Academic and Career Engagement (ACE) programs, provide training for unemployed tribal members, and provide additional training for employed tribal members who could benefit from technical and soft skill training.

“We look forward to strengthening our partnership with the Jicarilla Apache Nation,” said Dr. Lorenzo Reyes, Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at San Juan College. “ Such alliances are invaluable, fostering growth for individuals, communities, and the entire Four Corners region.”