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Our Path to Work-Based Learning

Our partners play a critical role in strategic planning to create career pathways through work-based learning. Core partners include Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN); Nevada Department of Education (NDE), Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR); Workforce Connections, Office of Science, Innovation & Technology (OSIT), local school districts, and business and industry. All of our partners are engaged in various aspects of work-based learning.

NGA Work-Based Learning Policy Academy

In 2017, OWINN received a grant from the National Governors Association (NGA) and the opportunity to join the NGA’s Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning with its core partners.

The objective of the Policy Academy is to expand high-quality work-based learning opportunities for youth and young adults to enter middle-skill jobs in which they can use STEM skills.

SB19 Dual Credit

This legislation expanded dual enrollment opportunities for all Nevada students by minimizing cost barriers, institutional obstacles, and other challenges that may prevent students from pursuing dual credit coursework. This bill was originally introduced by Governor Sandoval during his State of the State address. It was signed May 24, 2017, and effective January 1, 2018.

New Skills for Youth (NSFY)

This initiative represents a strategic partnership between Nevada government agencies, K-12 public education, business and industry leaders and the Nevada System of Higher Education, working in collaboration to prepare all Nevada youth with the skills they need for jobs in the New Nevada. In 2017, Nevada received funding from JP Morgan Chase & Co. to execute action plans to strengthen and expand career pathways for youth. Nevada began working to inventory all available education and training opportunities, align those offerings to industry needs and ensure those pathways provide meaningful experiences. LifeWorks aims to close the gap between what students learn in school and what they need for high-wage, high-demand industries.

SB66 Work-Based Learning

This legislation ensures a systemic approach to addressing workforce needs by providing students opportunities to engage in work-based learning. The outcome is that more young adults are connected to the workforce and meaningful work experiences. Governor Sandoval signed the bill on June 15, 2017, working closely with NDE and OWINN.

SB516 Apprenticeships and Workforce Coordination

This legislation codified OWINN with the focus of improving workforce data, apprenticeships, and statewide workforce coordination and alignment between agencies such as NDE, GOED, DETR, NSHE, and business and industry as well as partners within the publicly funded workforce system. It was signed on June 15, 2017, effective July 1, 2017.

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Students engaged in work-based learning