Rural Nevada Regional Networks Grant Awards - Round 2
Rural Regional STEM Network Director
OSIT has partnered with the Desert Research Institute (DRI) to manage three Networks, (Southern, Northwestern, and Rural Nevada) to coordinate partners representing K-12 and Higher Education, business, industry, public libraries, after-school providers, non-profits, government, and philanthropy to identify and scale up high-quality STEM programs that will prepare students for Nevada’s 21st century workforce. The goals of the three Regional STEM Networks are to:
- Increase the number and quality of formal and informal STEM-focused education programs in all communities in Nevada.
- Increase student awareness, interest, enrollment, and achievement in formal and informal STEM-focused education programs.
- Grow the number and depth of school-business-community STEM partnerships.
- Identify on-the-ground programmatic gaps or implementation challenges in need of a state-level solution.
- Grow interest, awareness, and achievement in STEM in the region.
- Carry out on-the-ground implementation of state-level programs/goals.
- Identify and build local programs and initiatives worthy of scaling statewide.
- Create and facilitate partnerships and the sharing of resources among K-12, higher education, and business/industry within the region.
Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada was awarded $6,355 to extend their STEAM Summer Camp to Alamo, Nevada. The camp will engage 20 girls, ages 7-17, from Lincoln County in hands-on STEM experiences. Campers will also learn about STEM career pathways from female STEM experts. Funding will provide staffing and materials to launch the initial camp sessions in Alamo.
Lincoln County HS was awarded $22,207 to modernize its high school radio program and increase female student participation. The program will provide hands-on experiences and, also help students build teamwork and collaboration skills.
Great Basin College was awarded $21,000 to expand its BuildNV Core Construction training program. The program delivers a nationally recognized curriculum through the National Center for Construction Education & Research with OSHA 10. The program provides about 80 hours of instruction delivered over 4-6 weeks. The program previously delivered classes in Lovelock, McDermitt, Ely and Winnemucca and new grant funding will provide new classes in Elko and Owyhee, and second classes for Winnemucca, Lovelock, and McDermitt. Construction partners in each city are looking forward to hiring graduates that already live in the communities. Funding will pay for costs related to instruction, course materials, and certifications for students.