Workforce Development

Helping Nevada Get to Work

Workforce Development plays a pivotal role in driving collaborative initiatives aimed at enhancing Nevada’s workforce in partnership with Nevada’s community colleges, state college, and universities that constitute the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Additionally, the department collaborates with relevant state agencies to work towards the seamless alignment of educational and workforce goals. The mission revolves around nurturing and expanding programs that are strategically designed to equip the workforce with the skills, knowledge, and expertise required across a diverse spectrum of industries critical to Nevada’s economy and the well-being of its residents.

This multifaceted approach entails several key responsibilities:

  1. Strategic Program Development

    The department actively engages in strategic program development; working closely with NSHE institutions to create innovative educational programs that are directly aligned with the needs of Nevada’s key economic sectors.

  2. Industry Partnerships

    Building strong partnerships with industry leaders ensure that workforce development initiatives are rooted in industry insights and that graduates are well-prepared to meet the demands of their chosen fields.

  3. Program Growth and Enhancement

    The department focuses on the continual growth and refinement of educational offerings. The department seeks opportunities to expand the reach of these programs and enhance their quality, ensuring that learners have access to cutting-edge educational resources and technology.

  4. Regional Relevance

    Recognizing that Nevada’s economy is diverse across regions, the department tailors workforce development efforts to address regional disparities and specific industry needs, ensuring that communities across the state benefit from these initiatives.

  5. Access and Inclusivity

    The department is committed to promoting accessibility and inclusivity in higher education. By developing programs that are responsive to diverse populations, the department ensures that educational opportunities are available to all, regardless of background or circumstance.

  6. Data-Driven Decision-Making

    Data analysis and research are integral to this work. Labor market data, trends, and workforce needs guide decision-making and program development, thus ensuring that educational resources are effectively targeted.

  7. Advocacy and Outreach

    The department engages in advocacy efforts to raise awareness about the importance of workforce development. They collaborate with policymakers, employers, and community stakeholders to champion the role of higher education in shaping a skilled workforce.

NSHE Workforce Development is a dynamic and strategic force, dedicated to fostering educational initiatives that empower individuals with the skills and knowledge required to contribute to Nevada’s economy. Through collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to regional and industry-specific needs, Workforce Development plays a vital role in ensuring that Nevada’s workforce remains competitive and adaptable in an ever-evolving job market.

Programs and Initiatives


Workforce Development Staff Contacts

Natalie Brown

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Community Colleges


Danielle Donato

Senior Learning Concierge, MGM College Opportunity Program

(702) 889-8426

Camille Vega

NSHE SNAP E&T Project Coordinator

(775) 784-3494