UNM Valencia Campus Opens New Workforce Training Center

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Megan Mickey, Studio Southwest Architects
2101 Mountain Rd, NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Phone: 505-843-9639
Email: mmickey@studioswarch.com
Date: April 4, 2022

UNM Valencia Campus Opens New Workforce Training Center

Albuquerque, NM, April 4, 2022 – The University of New Mexico’s Valencia Campus is all about student success. And success is the exact word you can use to describe their newest facility, the Workforce Training Center (WTC).

The new WTC is located 11 miles west of the main UNM Valencia campus and will focus on providing students with non-degree programs and credential-focused course offerings. These programs will build soft skills and enhance individual work readiness to successfully train the local workforce. In alignment with the increasing economic development in Valencia County, the WTC will prepare county residents to meet the needs of todays employers and produce students with the crucial skills to emerge as workers and solidify into the local economy.

Paying homage to the University’s sense of place, the new WTC was designed to emulate the geological emergence of the volcanoes. Jutting angles and breaks in the building elevation mimic the irregular topography of the surrounding landscape. Conceptualized fissures guide visitors to the front entry and through the building into hallways that access classrooms and workrooms. The building includes general classrooms, computer labs, vocational lab, indoor/outdoor common areas, learning center, offices, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Designed by Studio Southwest Architects and built by Jaynes Corporation, this beautiful 18,000 sf facility incorporates sustainable design features to enhance occupant wellbeing, water conservation, and enhance energy efficiency. This project is expected to reach LEED Gold certification.

Visit their website for more information on their services and team: studioswarch.com