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LAS VEGAS/CARSON CITY, NV (October 2018) – The Nevada Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN) officially launched a statewide work-based learning hub ( for young adults in high school, post-secondary or out of school to find internships, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. The hub also allows educators and businesses to learn about apprenticeships, find career technical education (CTE) schools by industry and zip codes, connect to classroom speakers and find relevant work-based learning resources. 

“As Nevada’s economy continues to diversify and grow, work-based learning opportunities are an excellent way to connect Nevada’s young adults to potential career paths,” said Governor Sandoval. “The launch of will allow organizations to post internship and apprenticeship opportunities on the site while making it easier for young adults to find real-life work opportunities and build the relevant skills they will need to be competitive in the New Nevada.”

OWINN is looking to get more businesses and organizations to post internships or other on-the-job training opportunities on the hub by going to and clicking “Post Internships or On-the-Job Training” on the home page. The Registered Apprenticeships are already listed. Phase 2 of the work-based learning hub will focus on developing an interactive Learn & Earn Advanced-career Pathways (LEAP) framework initially developed by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and gamifying the work-based learning hub as part of a mobile friendly application young adults can download through a partnership with the Nevada Department of Education and OWINN.

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Metro Area Unemployment Rates All Decline; Las Vegas Accounts for the Bulk of the Job Growth Over the Month


For Immediate Release
October 23, 2018

CARSON CITY, NV – According to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s (DETR) September 2018 economic report, statewide, jobs increased by 3.2 percent, which correlates to 43,500 new jobs added since September of last year. The largest over the month job gain in the metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) was realized in Las Vegas, at 3,700. Reno added 300 jobs over the month while Carson City remained unchanged and in line with seasonal expectations. Both Reno and Las Vegas added jobs at a faster rate than the State as a whole in September.

September’s report also shows strong job growth over the month in Reno and Las Vegas continues to constructively impact those areas’ unemployment rates. Positive job growth statewide in September is reflecting similar results in many of the rural counties in the State. Fifteen counties realized over the year declines in their unemployment rates in September.

“The Silver State continues to show positive results in its labor market as urban areas continue to expand their workforce. People are still finding jobs which is keeping unemployment rates relatively low in the metro areas.Initial claims continue to decline in the metros indicating job seekers are remaining in the workforce upon entrance,” said David Schmidt, Chief Economist, for Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training &

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STEM Workforce Challenge Grant Round VII

 Applications (RFA) for Round VII of the STEM Workforce Challenge Grant by the  Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT). This grant seeks to build new employer-training provider partnerships and equip workers with the STEM skills they need and employers demand.  Applications are due October 29th.  The RFA has changed slightly from previous rounds.  Information about previously funded applicants can be found here:  Please share with your relevant network.

Purpose: To spark the creation of lasting partnerships between industry and workforce training providers resulting in sustainable training programs that provide in-demand, industry-recognized STEM skills to training recipients and lead to full-time jobs in STEM industries.

Proposals Due: October 29th, 2018

Funding Available: $300,000

Bidder’s call:

September 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Dial in Number: 775-687-0999 or 702-486-5260

Passcode: 70987#

Eligibility: Eligible applicants for a STEM Workforce Challenge Grant are Nevada’s Community Colleges or State College, private career colleges located in Nevada that provide technical training, Chambers of Commerce, organizations that specialize in workforce training, Regional Development Authorities, STEM-related businesses, employee associations, and city and county governments.

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Applications for the ACT College and Career Readiness Champion Awards are now open! This award program recognizes individuals’ exemplary efforts in advancing college and career readiness in four categories:

  • Student Champion (student in the graduating class of 2019)
  • K-12 Champion
  • Postsecondary Champion
  • Workforce Champion

Applications open October 1, 2018 and close October 31, 2018.  One Champion per category will be selected in each state. All Champions receive individual certificates and recognition by the STATE ACT Council. Additionally, Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship.

View the selection criteria and apply at State Champions will be notified on or before January 31, 2019. Questions may be directed to

Workforce Events From Last Month:

On Oct 5th, 2018, The Nevada Contractors Association : Construction Day 1,000  students  came out to meet with  local employers in the construction field .  The point of this event was to showcase career opportunities in the construction industry, public works agencies, engineering companies,architecture firms and other related fields. This will gave middle and high school students the opportunity to learn about the wide array of careers within the local community. Keep an eye out for next year’s event!

4th Annual WCSD Career Expo

Announcement !!!

Renown has started their recruitment for their next cohort of CNA apprentices, starting January 2019. If you are interested candidates please apply (here).

Upcoming Workforce Events/Meetings You May Find Interesting

  • Manufacturing Sector Council Meeting- October 30th, 2018: 9:00 am 
  • Aerospace & Defense Sector Council Meeting- October 30th, 2018: 11:00 am
  • Silver State Grant Conference- For Affordable Targeted Professional Development - January 10th -11th, 2019. For more information(Click Here)
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  • State Apprenticeship Council Meeting
    • November 1, 2018
    • Time: 8:30AM; Agenda posted on OWINN's website

If your organization has an appropriate workforce related event that should be shared with the broader public, please email the event info to

The events shared in our newsletter are not intended to indicate OWINN endorsement; although at times they can mean OWINN participation. 

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NPWR Facts

NPWR is a state of the art research tool that links data from the Nevada Department of Education (NDE), the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), and the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR) to provide a longitudinal view of the trends shaping our state's education and workforce outcomes. 

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ACT Benchmark Report - (Click Here)

  • Of students who declared STEM majors at an @NSHE institution, 67% scored a 19 or better on their ACT.
  • Of Nevada students who score at least a 22 in mathematics on their ACT, 64% enrolled in an NSHE college-level mathematics course earn a C or better.
  • Of Nevada students who score at least a 23 in science on their ACT, 73% enrolled in an NSHE college-level science course earn a C or better.

Career Earnings - (Click Here)

  • he highest average wage by industry sector in Nevada in 2016 was $123K in Management of Companies and Enterprises. The most common NSHE degree in that industry was Accounting .
  • The second highest average wage by industry sector in Nevada in 2016 was $101K in Utilities. The most common @NSHE degree in that industry was Business Administration and Management.
  • The largest total amount of annual openings by occupation in Nevada is for teachers at 1262 openings. NSHE graduates meet 61.6% of that occupational demand with 778 statewide graduates.
  • Of the graduates of NSHE degree programs in education, 67% were employed in Nevada with an average wage of $41,352.
  •  Of the graduates of NSHE degree programs in information technology, 69% were employed in Nevada with an average wage of $53,954

Workforce Resources

  • NEVADA LAUNCHES NEW EMPLOYMENT SERVICES WEBSITE! Click HERE to visit Employ NV's webpage to look for jobs and career resources OR to post an opening as an employer

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