Chancellor’s Bulletin – February 12, 2016

Good morning!

Below are some of the great things our students and faculty have been doing to help improve the quality of life in Nevada, and beyond.

  • Prospective Students – On Wednesday, Feb. 17, TMCC will host a Career and Technical Education Open House, with interactive demonstrations, for prospective students. Featured programs will include automotive, diesel technology, welding, machining, production technology, and architecture.
  • Faculty – NSHE faculty will be eligible to submit a new proposal to the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track 1 (RII Track 1) in 2017. Awards provide up to $4 million per year for up to five years for the purpose of improving academic research infrastructure in the areas of science and engineering.
  • Research – The UNLV Lean Entrepreneurship Advancement Program (LEAP) was awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide university research teams with infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training, and modest funding to commercialize their ideas and discoveries.
  • Workforce Development – The Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology last week awarded more than $600,000 in STEM Workforce Challenge Grants to various training providers in the state, including three NSHE institutions that will receive a combined $346,628.  CSN will receive $149,882  to create a new cyber security AAS; NSC will receive $54,746 to create a horticultural science certificate program; and WNC will receive $142,000 to modernize its welding certificate and degree programs.
  • Upcoming Event – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will host a press conference Monday, Feb. 22 to share how educator preparation programs are addressing the persistent teacher shortages in Nevada. Panelists from GBC, NSC, UNLV, UNR and the Clark County School District will discuss factors contributing to the local shortage, as well as efforts to alleviate it. The event will start at 2:00 p.m. on the UNLV campus.

Thanks for reading and please have a wonderful weekend!