What We Do:BEOC’s workforce training programs include: ESL (English as a Second Language) and SSL (Spanish as a Second Language) classes; Comcast Skill-Up Wednesdays, offering customized and responsive classes adapted to participants’ needs in the following areas: Microsoft training (Word, Excel & Outlook), resume building and job search/interview skills, and customer service training; Pathways to Careers for underemployed and unemployed older job seekers by providing individualized training necessary to gain full or part-time employment; The BEOC also serves as a designated Work Keys Testing Site in collaboration with the Dept. of Workforce Solutions; and Provides facility usage to the following Community Partners: ABQ-GED, U.S. Probation Office, and Catholic Charities which provide evening courses in ESL for Business Owners and Basic Excel; BEOC is a NM SBDC remote office location for a dedicated bilingual business consultant. Our nationally-recognized entrepreneurial training course, Emprendedores, plays host to both Spanish-speaking emerging entrepreneurs and established business owners. This premier program’s inception in 2014 was the first of its kind in the state and still remains the most culturally-accessible and comprehensive entre to small business ownership for Spanish-speaking New Mexicans, many of whom are immigrants. In addition to the entrepreneurial curriculum of the course, the BEOC provides students access to: Business ESL and the introduction of business vocabulary; Basic computer literacy; Peer to peer mentoring and one-on-one consultation with the course instructor; and Participation in the Impulso Red Empresarial Spanish-speaking networking committee. This is in addition to being introduced to the benefits of the Hispano Chamber with a special discounted membership for graduating participants of the course. How We Are Different:The BEOC continually explores meaningful and impactful avenues to supporting our low-income and at-risk community members with on-going refinement of our workforce program offerings and strategic partnerships. Areas of differentiation of the BEOC, and advantages of a workforce and entrepreneurial development program that is housed within a thriving chamber of commerce support structure include: Ability to provide customized training for AHCC membership in supporting their employees’ professional development; ESL and SSL classes offered to the community and to our membership; Embedded location of the AHCC/BEOC campus in one of the city’s largest Pockets of Poverty, providing an open-door policy for low-income residents to access computers and free trainings to advance education and employment prospects; Brokering and fast-tracking workforce partnerships for trade-specific training and certification; Creating formal and informal networking and business advocacy committees for Albuquerque’s Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs and Emprendedores program graduates; Immediate access to peer-mentoring business supports via chamber membership for new and emerging entrepreneurs coming out of our programs.