LAS VEGAS – Gov. Steve Sisolak has committed $5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars toward exploring how the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) community colleges or other apprentice and training programs can be provided at no cost to Nevadans by 2025.
The funding will support the work of the Community College Workforce Training and Programs Committee, which was formed as a result of Assembly Bill 450 during the 2021 Legislative Session. The legislation was proposed with the intent of aligning workforce training and programs offered by community colleges, to ensure that Nevadans are trained and ready to meet current workforce demands.
The Governor’s financial commitment is aimed toward helping to kickstart preliminary recommendations from the committee as it conducts the fiscal and programmatic analysis needed to provide greater access to Nevada’s workforce development programs.
“We know that skills training is essential to our workers and businesses,” Governor Sisolak said. “A high school education isn’t enough, and we should recognize that it’s no longer ‘pre-school through grade 12,’ but at least ‘pre-school through community college or other post high school training.’”
The committee, which is co-chaired by NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose and Cox Communications Division Vice President Sales and Market Operations Derrick Hill, is comprised of nine higher education and business and industry leaders.
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting research universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges, and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents. The System includes the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada State College, Desert Research Institute, the College of Southern Nevada, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College.