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Community

Our good neighbor pledge: contribute to quality of life in Northern New Mexico through economic development, education excellence, and active employee engagement.

Community involvement and investment in Northern New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an invested and involved member of the Northern New Mexico community, supporting a variety of economic development initiatives, educational programs and giving activities.

Workforce and Economic development initiatives

Los Alamos National Laboratory is committed to investing and partnering in economic development initiatives and programs that have a positive impact to stimulate business growth that creates jobs and strengthens communities in Northern New Mexico. We partner with regional economic development organizations and business service providers.

Since 2001, the Laboratory's efforts have produced the following impact:

  • 7,315 projects with NM small businesses 
  • $353.6 million attracted in financing
  • 12,199 jobs created or retained
  • $465.3 million generated in salaries

In addition, new pipeline programs address critical skills for a growing workforce. In 2020:

  • In collaboration with the NM Department of Workforce solutions, the two-year associate degree in Radiation Protection at Northern New Mexico College entered its second year, offering a path to jobs as radiological control technicians at Laboratory. Four graduates have already been hired by the Laboratory.
  • A new partnership launched with Santa Fe Community College for an engineering machining degree for students who also intern at LANL
  • High school programs in Taos and Questa established to prepare seniors for Craft trades, in conjunction with NM Building & Construction Trades Council
  • First New Mexico cohort of students enrolled in STEM Core program at Santa Fe Community College, part of a nationwide initiative aimed at helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed academically in STEM subjects and prepare for careers

 

Learn more about our economic and workforce development initiatives »

And learn about other related efforts on Small Business Procurement and the Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.

Education programs

Los Alamos National Laboratory is committed to investing and partnering in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives that have a positive impact on student achievement and address community and regional workforce needs. The Laboratory encourages students and teachers to expand their horizons and achieve success in STEM education.

Highlights from 2020 include:

  • The Regional Partnership School program is in its third year with partners Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University, providing in-class support, an after-school program, and a summer math camp
  • 1,154 summer student interns worked virtually at the Laboratory in 2020 (58% from New Mexico).
  • $743,000 in scholarships awarded to Northern New Mexico students
  • 321 Lab employees volunteered 3,018 hours of time to nonprofit and educational organizations in Northern NM, impacting an estimated 6,420 students, teachers and community members
  • The Laboratory hosted a free two-week virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women for 21 high schoolers from 15 schools in the region and in Hawaii
  • The Laboratory provided support for the launch and operation of the New Mexico STEAMHub website (in collaboration with the LANL Foundation) offering access to online learning resources for students and teachers.

Learn more about our education programs »

 

Giving opportunities

The Laboratory is committed to giving back to the Northern New Mexico community. The Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office manages giving programs that provide opportunities for Lab employees and retirees to make gifts of time, talent and money to improve the quality of life of our neighbors.

In 2020 employees donated:

  • $2.43M to nonprofit organizations in the 2020 employee giving campaign, with $2M of that staying in the region
  • $360,000 to the Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for students from Northern New Mexico
  • 2361 Holiday gifts kits for children, senior citizens and people facing homelessness via nonprofits and social service agencies across Northern New Mexico
  • 2,200 backpacks and supplies to the Back to School Drive (netting more than double the expected goal)
  • $137,000 to The Food Depot to help people in Northern New Mexico facing food insecurity.

Learn more about our giving opportunities »