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Following a successful introduction to Luna County, the Hump Day Academy training series is returning with three free classes in September and October.

Hump Day Academy will return with a leadership training from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in room 152 at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center, 2300 E. Pine St. The dynamic Manuel Morales, of Las Cruces-based WESST, is returning to deliver the leadership training with his usual high energy and engaging style.

Morales and WESST are one partner of a collaboration between Luna County, Deming-Luna County Chamber of Commerce, Deming-Luna County Economic Development, Western New Mexico University and the Small Business Development Center.

"Our partners really come together to put on productive and informative events," Jessica Etcheverry, Luna County Community Projects director, said. "We had so much success with our first series of classes, we had people asking us all the time, 'When's the next Hump Day?' "

The series takes its name from the popular commercial featuring a camel in an office celebrating Wednesday and organizers hope locals will be just as excited with the mid-week events. The first series began in 2016 and covered topics like Microsoft Office, public relations, hiring, social media and cash flow.

The new series will continue with "Accessing Capital" on September 27 and "Starting a Business" on October 11. All of the trainings are held at the same time and location as the leadership training.

The Academy is in response to input from local businesses and residents on skills they feel are needed or could be improved upon to support and develop the local workforce. Past attendees of the classes have included the employed, unemployed, retirees and students. While organizers are trying to promote economic development, they also hope anyone interested in the classes will attend.

"These are opportunities for local residents to attend enriching trainings without having to travel to larger cities," Etcheverry added. "If the public continues to find these trainings useful, we will continue to hold them."

The classes are open to the public and no registration is required. For more information, contact (575) 543-6643.

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