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 was awarded $197,357 Medical Imaging Training Expansion project. The project will expand Radiology Technology and Diagnostic Medical Imaging training for rural students in Elko and Pahrump Nevada. The programs combined will enroll 28 students each cohort and last two years. The College will partner with employers Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, High Desert Radiology and Desert View Hospital to design curriculum, clinicals, work-based learning experiences, and interviews for program participants. Funding from the grant will purchase needed training equipment including ultrasound and scanning units.
Nevada Help Desk was awarded $134,012 to expand its existing, successful STEM Workforce Talent Pipeline program that provides training and work-based learning for underserved high school students and out-of-school youth leading to industry-recognized certifications in IT, including Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Cyber Forensics Associate, Web Development Certification, and Certified Digital Marketing Associate. Funding from the grant will expand the program by 60 students. The program targets youth from the City of Las Vegas who have been identified as economically distressed and underserved. All students will receive a globally-recognized credential, work-based learning experiences working on projects for real clients, and job placement assistance following completion. In partnership with the City of Las Vegas, courses will take place at the Cox Innovation Lab at the Historic Westside School Campus.