The State, through STEM Workforce Challenge Grants, seeks to spark the creation of lasting partnerships between industry and workforce training providers. These partnerships must result in:
- The identification of STEM-specific skills needed by employers in Nevada;
- The creation of programs that provide the education and skills training to workers that match the needs of employers;
- Are aligned with present and future workforce needs in Nevada as identified by relevant labor market information (LMI); and
- Are sustainable after grant funds have been exhausted.
Great Basin College (GBC) was awarded $167,852.37 for a new Medical Assistant/Phlebotomist/EKG Technician (MAPE) program. Participants of this new and unique program will participate in course work to earn all three certificates, making them competitive candidates with the in-demand skills for rural healthcare settings. The target population for this program is traditional postsecondary students, including adult students age 25 and older, who live within the 86,500 square miles of Great Basin College’s rural/frontier service area, including the main campus in Elko, service centers in Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump and Winnemucca, more than 20 satellite centers, and an expansive network of distance learning opportunities. The MAPE program has a capacity of 15 participants per annual cohort. Each cohort will participate in 33 credit hours across two consecutive semesters. The program includes instruction, lab and clinical coursework. The program will be delivered in a hybrid format with some online and some face-to-face instruction, live labs for skills and 120-hour externships in hospitals and clinics during students’ second semester. The classroom-lab space will be located in the Elko campus High Tech Center.