Nevadans who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be retrained at no cost to work in high-demand manufacturing careers with a federal grant from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
The Manufacturing Technician (MT1) Express Online Certification Prep is a new program offered through Western Nevada College, in partnership with Empower America; Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno; and Nevada Industry Excellence.
Students will gain foundational knowledge of the fundamental skills needed in advanced manufacturing, including math and measurement, quality and Lean concepts, and an introduction to manufacturing processes. Problem-solving strategies are developed while learning about simple machines and industrial systems through practice with computer and web-based tools.
To be eligible for free training, people need to be Nevada residents with a high school diploma or equivalency.
In the second half of the training, students may have the opportunity to interview for hundreds of jobs with companies throughout Nevada that have job openings, including Panasonic Energy of North America and Sierra Nevada Corporation.
In northern Nevada, interested people can get more information and learn if they qualify for the retraining grant by contacting Aubrey Nelson of Community Services Agency, (775) 786-6023, ext. 1021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Southern Nevada, interested people can get more information and learn if they qualify for the retraining grant by contacting Nevada Career Center.