While CNM Ingenuity’s programs are not eligible for traditional financial aid, there are other funding sources that might be available to qualified participants. Learn more about these funding opportunities and how to qualify below. 

External Funding Resources

Upskill Sandoval

Upskill Sandoval is a workforce development program that provides free training and education opportunities for Sandoval County residents. This collaborative partnership helps displaced workers transition to careers in high-demand fields. Program partners include Sandoval County, the Schumann Foundation, the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber, Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico, CNM and CNM Ingenuity. For more information and to apply, visit www.upskillsandoval.com.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. WIOA funding provides training funds for jobs in demand. Visit the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico website for more information. You can also contact the organization at [email protected] or call 505.843.1900 for more details on WIOA program eligibility and enrollment.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) provides assistance for those who have an impairment that “constitutes a substantial impediment to employment.” Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a state- and federally-funded program designed to help eligible individuals with documented disabilities find suitable employment. VR is a voluntary program and services persons who want to work. With a long history of success and proven methodology for making the best fits, time and again, DVR is committed to helping clients succeed.

Federal or State Veteran Education Benefits 

The following programs our eligible for federal or state education  benefits. Veterans should apply for benefits and obtain a Certificate of Eligibility before applying.

  • Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Training- Class A
  • Deep Dive Digital Media Bootcamp
  • Deep Dive Fullstack Bootcamp
  • Deep Dive IoT Bootcamp
  • Deep Dive Java+Android Bootcamp
  • Electric Lineworker Pre-apprenticeship Program (with and without CDL)
  • IT Professional Series

Learn more about Veterans education benefits and resources for CNM students.


Funding for AmeriCorps members who have committed their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters and more who have earned education benefits to be used at two and four year institutions.

Trade Adjustment Assistance

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is a federally-funded program created to assist workers dislocated due to foreign imports or the transfer of production to Mexico or Canada. The program offers great benefits, including money for retraining and reimbursement of job search and relocation expenses.

4 Ways to Get Your Employer to Send You to Class

  1. Ask - A simple request is usually all it takes.
  2. Stress the Benefits - Additional skills training will make you a more productive employee.
  3. Emphasize the Convenience - Why go out of town for training when you can get quality training right here?
  4. Compare the Competitive Pricing - Your employer will be pleased to know they are paying a little less while getting a lot. Check the prices. They’re hard to beat!

Education Loans

CNM Ingenuity encourages responsible borrowing. We cannot assist in a loan application, nor do we endorse any of these companies. These are simply a few options that you might want to consider if all other options have been exhausted.  

  1. Sallie Mae Student Loans
  2. Wells Fargo Career Training Loans
  3. Citizens Bank Continuing Education Loans

Other Resources

  1. Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund
  2. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  3. Learn more about resources for CNM students