Children in Albuquerque have a distinct advantage in that they can receive an education spanning from pre-kindergarten to post-doctorate without ever leaving the city.
The Albuquerque Public Schools district is comprised of 12 high schools, each of which has a corresponding "feeder" network of elementary and middle schools. The University of New Mexico boasts many nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs, and features the only law, medical and pharmacy schools in the state. The Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute offers Albuquerqueans a wide variety of post-secondary vocational training in areas such as medical technology, graphic design, drafting, truck driving and much more.
The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce became involved in education issues in Albuquerque several years ago and in 1999 announced the beginning of a fully-fledged education reform initiative aimed at improving elementary, middle and secondary education in the city. As part of the reform initiative, representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, the Albuquerque Public Schools, and members of the community have participated in forums and debates, taken trips to study education reform initiatives undertaken by other cities, and gotten involved in government and legislative issues.
Improving education remains a top priority of the Chamber and business owners in the city of Albuquerque.