Computer Training Provided to Navajo Nation by UNMCE & Fast Forward NM

Computer Training Provided to the Navajo Nation by UNM Continuing Education’s Grant Partner Fast Forward New Mexico

UNM Continuing Education is helping Fast Forward New Mexico make a difference in Crownpoint, NM. Fast Forward New Mexico’s (FFNM) mission is to increase statewide broadband adoption and to promote computer literacy and Internet use in rural, Hispanic, and Native American populations in order to better prepare the state’s citizens to participate in economic development and educational opportunities. The initiative also reaches out to small businesses and entrepreneurs. UNM Continuing Education is helping FFNM achieve their mission by designing and developing some of the curriculum used in the courses they offer.

So far the classes have been a great success. Participants in FFNM’s free computer and Internet training classes travel from several locations outside the immediate Crownpoint area to take advantage of the “world of opportunities” introduced in the training. Bennie ‘Jayare’ Francisco, the lead instructor for FFNM classes in Crownpoint, has established a unique learning environment for the class participants. Francisco is fluent in both English and Navajo and provides Navajo translation in the classes, which seems to be more conducive to learning for some students who had previously taken classes at other educational institutions and found the pace to be too fast and intimidating.

Based on the popularity and success of these classes on the Navajo Nation, two more locations, Thoreau and Newcomb, have been added to the schedule. To view the Thoreau and Newcomb class schedules, visit the Training Locations and Dates web page. To read more about Bennie’s classes in Crownpoint, visit the Success Stories web page at

UNM Continuing Education (UNMCE) is a partner in the 3-year, ARRA Funded project along with the NM State Library, UNMLA, and others. In addition to the curriculum design, UNMCE has developed a comprehensive online resource identifying education instructions with a NM footprint who offer online learning. UNMCE also designed and supports the FFNM website. For over 80 years, Continuing Education at UNM has served as the Lifelong Learning Center for students, working adults, business and community partners throughout New Mexico. The diverse program offerings include computer and professional training, personal enrichment classes, customized training, travel opportunities, and educational conferences. Continuing Education at UNM is committed to the development of innovative educational alternatives for those who love to teach and learn here in New Mexico.

For more information or to get started with custom training for your employees or programs, contact Leah Kier, Community Outreach and Custom Training Senior Manager: (505) 277-6034, or send an e-mail to

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  1. This is fabulous! UNMCE (who I follow on Twitter) is amazing. Thanks for all you do.

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