State to offer job training services with SNAP Employment & Training Program

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced the launch of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) program. This initiative is designed to provide participants education and job training skills, supporting them in workforce entry or re-entry. This program aims to support 121,287 SNAP customers who may be eligible to participate. 

“The goal of the program is to increase participants’ access to training and support services, enabling them to enter or advance in the workforce more effectively,” said Karmela Martinez, director of Income Support for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “We are excited to offer additional support to eligible SNAP customers interested in participating in the program.”  

The SNAP E&T program will provide several services, including job search training, work experience, work activity/work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, internships, and on the job training. Participants will be paired with case managers to help them explore career options, develop personal and professional skills, and overcome barriers to workforce entry or re-entry. 

HSD is also collaborating with Central New Mexico Community College and Clovis Community College for the SNAP E&T program. These colleges will provide case management services, including job search training, educational guidance, assistance with resources, and access to comprehensive support services. 

SNAP E&T is a voluntary program available to eligible SNAP customers at no cost. Interested participants can reach out to HSD by calling 505-469-9574 from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by emailing


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The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to 981,259 New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.