- help people increase their job opportunities;
- provide people with greater access to health and social services information;
- assist small business owners in decreasing costs and increasing sales;
- teach entrepreneurs how to use social media effectively;
- help students of all ages succeed in online classes.
The Basic Skills Series of courses offer basic computer and Internet skills, teach participants how to select, install, and maintain a computer, and teach participants how to become successful online students.
The Small Business Success Series of courses teaches entrepreneurs and small business owners how to select and use Internet tools to decrease business costs and increase sales through e-commerce, e-marketing, and social media.
The mission of Fast Forward New Mexico is to promote digital literacy and increase broadband adoption in our communities. Through providing computer and internet skills training we aim to prepare New Mexico’s citizens to more successfully participate in economic development and educational opportunities in the digital age.
New Mexico ranks 46th in the nation for percentage of the population that uses the Internet, and 36th in availability of broadband telecommunications. Our public and tribal libraries are in a unique position to help alleviate these issues. Over recent years, libraries have become the sole source for Internet access and training for tens of thousands of New Mexicans. By offering free computer and Internet training at the libraries, FFNM offers a way for citizens to increase their skills in using the Internet for job, health, information, and social needs.
Libraries and communities participating in the FFNM project include Aztec, Gallup, Raton, Rio Rancho, Taos, Socorro, Silver City, Zuni, Ohkay Owingeh, Roswell, Clovis, Las Cruces, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Columbus, and the South Valley and South Broadway Library branches in Albuquerque. You can view more information on events and training at the participating libraries.
Fast Forward New Mexico is a project of the New Mexico State Library in partnership with Davis Innovations, University of New Mexico – Los Alamos, University of New Mexico – Continuing Education, and the 1st-Mile Institute. Also working on the project is Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico. The project was awarded a $2,1 million federal grant.