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Future still bright for high-tech students despite Faraday Future setback

Posted at 6:51 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 09:25:06-05

More than 80 Clark County students are participating in the first year of a partnership between Southeast Career Technical Academy and the College of Southern Nevada to train students on electronics and manufacturing, giving them college credit and preparing for the job market.

The program uses equipment to train students for high-tech careers, similar to the jobs that were supposed to come to valley with the Faraday Future electric car plant. But that $1 billion project has now been stalled.

Despite the setback, experts say the overall trend is for manufacturing companies to grow in Nevada.

"It's a very risky and competitive business, so just because they can't make it doesn't mean the whole issue is put to rest," says financial expert Steve Budin.

The college is banking on those continued job opportunities for students when they graduate.

"We would not have done this had we not believed there's going to be a demand for this kind of a skilled workforce," says Hyla Winters with the College of Southern Nevada.

The program has been so successful, they're planning on expanding to more than 100 students next year.