STEM Workforce Pathways Grant Round II
The purpose of the STEM Workforce Pathways Grant is to support and enhance existing efforts throughout Nevada to provide high school students with the opportunity to progress toward an industry-recognized, high-demand, STEM postsecondary credential, certificate, or degree. To support and enhance existing efforts throughout Nevada to provide high school instructors with the professional learning and certifications necessary to teach high-demand STEM program areas.
The Clark County School District (CCSD) was awarded $161,160 to create a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study in cybersecurity at three high schools: Bonanza High School, Del Sol High School, and Legacy High School. Students in grades 9-12 will be enrolled in the program. Students will have the opportunity to earn Comp TIA A+, Network+, and Security+ industry-recognized credentials. During the three-course sequence, students will learn cyber ethics, network security, computer forensics, incident handling, the theory of switching and routing, and network troubleshooting. About 360 students will enroll in the cybersecurity programs across the three high schools.
Pinecrest Academy of Nevada was awarded $116,571 to create a CTE program of study at its Cadence campus in Henderson. Students will complete rigorous course study and curriculum in alignment with the following content standards: 1) Safety procedures and proper use of tools; 2) Install and secure operating systems; 3) Industry standards, practices, and network theory; 4) Networking architecture; 5) Network operations; 6) Cybersecurity lifecycle; 7) Computer forensics concepts; and 8) Emerging technologies. Students will be prepared to test for the following certifications: Comp TIA A+, Network+, and Security+. Pinecrest estimates that about 300 students will participate in its cybersecurity program.
OSIT also awarded $1,303 to a high school computer science and cybersecurity CTE teacher at Pahrump Valley High School in Pahrump, NV, for cybersecurity-related professional development. The grant will pay for the teacher to complete two courses at the College of Southern Nevada and the corresponding certification examinations for CompTIA A+ and Network+. Funding from the grant will enable the teacher to be certified in the same credentials students at Pahrump Valley High School will be preparing for.