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About LifeWorks


By 2020, 64 percent of jobs in Nevada will require a degree, training or certification beyond high school, yet only half will need a four-year college degree.

About LifeWorks


LifeWorks 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, 10 states 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 “middle- skills” jobs—those that require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four- year college degree.

For Nevada businesses LifeWorks ensures that employers have the workforce they require to flourish in the economy of tomorrow. The lack of an educated workforce harms the state’s current economic outlook and workforce development efforts. Nevada is currently a “hot ticket” for business relocation and expansion especially in Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, Technologies-Cybersecurity, Automation and Teaching & Training.

The goal of LifeWorks is to inspire young people’s participation in planning for life beyond high school. Whether they are interested in a four-year college experience, graduating with an industry-recognized certificate or getting a head start on additional training programs, Nevada young people have several options to explore, including the following: earning a College and Career Ready Diploma, obtaining the ACT National Career Readiness Certification; participating in work-based learning programs, Career and Technical Education programs, dual enrollment/dual credit courses and apprenticeship programs.

LifeWorks is supporting the restructure of the talent pipeline in Nevada, from grade school to career, by ensuring that all students are college and career ready, and on career paths in high-wage, high growth industries.

Collaborative Partners

  • Office of Workforce Innovation for a New Nevada (OWINN)
  • Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
  • Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR)
  • Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT)
  • Nevada Department of Education (NDE)
  • Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)
  • Workforce Connections
  • New Skills for Youth Initiative
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Advance CTE
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Education Strategy Group

Nevada Legislation that Supports LifeWorks

  • AB 7    College and Career Readiness
  • AB 482 CTE Grant Funding
  • SB19    Dual Enrollment
  • SB 66    Work-Based Learning
  • SB 516 OWINN/Apprenticeship

Initiatives under LifeWorks

(June 2018)

  • College and Career Readiness for all students - New Skills forYouth
  • Career & Technical Education(CTE)
    • CTE programs of study aligned to in-demand, high-priority, regionally-specific occupations andindustries
    • Validated and recognized technical and employability skills assessments
    • CTE articulated collegecredit
  • JAG NV– Jobs for America’sGraduates
  • Career advisementprocess
    • Academic and careerplans
  • College and Career Ready Diploma andEndorsements
  • Standard Diploma revision – College and Career Ready flexcredits
  • Work-based learning programs – secondaryschools
  • Partnership w/post-secondary education—dual enrollment/dualcredit
    • ACT – NSHE guaranteed non-remedial admissions policy,if benchmarks aremet.
  • OWINN – Office of Workforce Innovation for the NewNevada
    • Pre-apprenticeships and RegisteredApprenticeships
    • State-approved Industry CredentialList
    • Work-Based Learning Policy Academy-National Governors Association
  • GOED – Governor’s Office of EconomicDevelopment
    • Learn and Earn Advanced Career Pathways (LEAP)model
  • OWINN, GOED, DETR & Governor’s Workforce Development Board Industry SectorCouncils
    • In-Demand OccupationsReport/list
  • OSIT- Office of Science, Innovation andTechnology