Craig von Collenberg serves as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN). Craig is a passionate workforce development professional dedicated to OWINN’s mission to help drive a skilled, diverse, and aligned workforce in the state of Nevada by promoting cooperation and collaboration among all entities focused on workforce development.
He is a product of these types of programs, having completed a five-year apprenticeship through Sheet Metal Local 88 in Southern Nevada. As a skilled craftsperson, he found a passion for mentoring new apprentices and eventually made a new career in the classroom as an instructor for the Sheet Metal Training Center. This career shift allowed him to obtain his Bachelor of Arts in Labor Education and eventually his Master of Science in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. Utilizing the skills learned through his degree training and experience teaching, Craig took on the role as Director of Apprenticeship Studies at the College of Southern Nevada. At the college, he worked with students directly as an advisor and counselor, helped design and implement innovative training systems, and partnered with existing apprenticeship programs to provide degree pathways for apprenticeship students.