"Mission: Graduate, the education initiative of the United Way of Central New Mexico, has a big goal of 60,000 new graduates with degrees and certificates in Central New Mexico by 2020. One of our signature initiatives, Graduate! ABQ, provides one-to-one coaching to adults who want to further their education. We see these individuals at our Central Region Workforce Connection Center but have wondered how we could reach employed individuals at their place of work. The Bridging the Talent Gap survey was a tool to help us connect with both employees and employers. The survey revealed that employers are offering benefits (but their employees don’t always know about them) and that there is high interest among employers for engaging with higher education institutions. We learned employees are interested in continuing their education but need time, flexible work schedules and financial support, which validated our Graduate! ABQ work. We are in the process of building out the work with employers based on these key learnings from the BTTG survey."