The College of Southern Nevada is using a $ 2 million government scholarship to expand its manufacturing program and help local employers find skilled workers.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday at the college’s Henderson campus to develop a new rapid response to advanced manufacturing program that allows students to earn industry certifications. The first cohort of students is already participating in the program.
Governor Steve Sisolak spoke at the event about community colleges being an important way for displaced people to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s no secret that many jobs lost during the Nevada pandemic are not returning, Sisolak said.
“We have to retrain these people to get them into a new job where they can support themselves,” he said.
Sisolak said the state also needs to diversify its economy and “that mission is more important today than ever.”
CSN, which has approximately 50,000 undergraduate students in three Las Vegas Valley locations, receives grants from the Governor’s Office’s Innovations Workforce for Economic Development for the New Nevada (WINN) Fund.
The grant will allow at least 200 people a year to access training previously unavailable in college, Sisolak said.
CSN President Federico Zaragoza, Haas Automation representatives and several manufacturing industry students also attended the Friday ceremony. Production equipment purchased with grants was also on display.
In 2019, California-based machine tool maker Haas Automation acquired 279 acres of land near Henderson Executive Airport for more than $ 27 million and is building a factory on the site, which is slated to open in late 2022.
The data suggest that manufacturing will be the fastest growing sector for job creation in southern Nevada going forward. Zaragoza said: “So it is already an important part of this community and of our economic diversification efforts.”
Regarding the recovery from COVID-19, he said, “Individuals who may be displaced will turn to places like CSN to reconnect to job opportunities.”