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Marcy Hintz
Statewide Project SEARCH Coordinator

Rebecca Roybal
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Partners for Employment

About Partners for Employment

Partners for Employment is a statewide collaborative to increase competitive and integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our partners include:

  • University of New Mexico's Center for Development and Disability (CDD)
  • Department of Health's Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) 
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

Partners for Employment's mission is to build capacity by providing training, technical assistance and opportunities for networking and collaboration. We work with state agency personnel, supported employment service providers, educators, family members, self-advocates and employers to advance promising practices for inclusive employment throughout New Mexico.

PFE Calendar

Partners for Employment offers free trainings on various employment topics and hosts regional meetings throughout the state. Check our calendar for a list of upcoming events.

Our Programs

Career Pathways Internship Program

In collaboration with NM DVR and Workforce Development, PFE coordinates an internship program at five sites statewide for high school students with disabilities, and other at-risk youth.

Job Information and Networking Group (Job-ING)

Job-ING is for job seekers with intellectual disabilities ages 18 and up and their family members to learn about their employment options.

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a one-year school-to-work internship program for youth with disabilities, ages 18-22, that prepares them for competitive employment in integrated settings.

School-to-Work Transition Alliance (SWTA)

The School to Work Transition Alliance (SWTA) is a collaborative effort to develop and improve inclusive and competitive employment outcomes of young adults with intellectual disabilities transitioning from school to work in New Mexico.

School-to-Work Transition Teams (SWT Teams)

Partners for Employment coordinates School-to-Work Transition Teams in nine communities throughout New Mexico to support local efforts to improve employment outcomes for young adults with intellectual disabilities and increase school-to-work interagency collaboration.

Supported Employment Local Leaders (SELL)

Partners for Employment coordinates Supported Employment Local Leaders meetings in each region of the state to provide a forum for employment support professionals to network, learn and collaborate.

Training & Technical Assistance

Partners for Employment offers free training opportunities on a variety of employment topics. Check out our event calendar for upcoming events.

Topics A to Z

This page is a comprehensive index of employment related topics, and will be continually updated with new and helpful resources.