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Our Path to Work-Based Learning

Our Path to Work-Based Learning

Strategic Changes That Led To Expanded Work-Based Learning In The New Nevada

Core partners play a critical role in scaling career pathways for work-based learning and ensuring systems alignment, communications and improvement. Core partners include Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN); Nevada Department of Education (NDE), Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR); Workforce Connections; Office of Science, Innovation & Technology (OSIT); local school districts, and business and industry. All partners are engaged in various aspects of work-based learning.

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NGA Work-Based Learning Policy Academy
In 2017, OWINN received a grant from the National Governors Association and opportunity to join NGA’s Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning with its core partners.
The objective of the Policy Academy is to expand high-quality work-based learning opportunities for youth and young adults to enter middle-skill jobs in which they can use, particularly jobs requiring STEM skills.
SB19 Dual Credit
Signed by the Governor May 24, 2017, effective January 1, 2018.

Was originally introduced by Governor Sandoval during his State of the State address. This legislation expands dual enrollment opportunities for all Nevada students by minimizing cost barriers, institutional obstacles, and other challenges that may be preventing students from pursuing dual credit coursework.

How Did We Get Here?
New Skills For Youth (NSFY)
This initiative 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, Nevada 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 high-wage, high-demand industries.
SB66 Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning bill
Signed by Governor on June 15, 2017. NDE working with the Governor’s Office and OWINN. This legislation ensures a systemic approach to workforce by ensuring students have opportunities to engage in work-based learning. The outcome is that more young adults are connected to the workforce and meaningful work-based learning experiences.
SB516 OWINN; Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships and Workforce Coordination

Signed by the Governor on June 15, 2017, effective July 1, 2017. This legislation codified the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN) with the focus on improving workforce data, apprenticeships, and statewide workforce coordination and alignment between agencies such as NDE, GOED, DETR, NSHE, and business and industry as well as partners within the publicly funded workforce system.