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Posted: Dec 10, 2013
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) awarded a $123,000 grant to Truckee Meadows Community College in partnership with Washoe County School District for an innovative job preparation program for first-time College students and unemployed northern Nevadans. The Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation funded the 2012-2013 pilot program at TMCC that achieved an 86.5% student success rate.
“This DETR grant will allow TMCC students to complete a fast-track training certificate and compete for in-demand, local jobs,” says Dr. Maria Sheehan, president of TMCC. “Thanks to the generosity of our long-term donor, the Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation, we know this program works and now we can expand it with the DETR grant.”
TMCC will increase the number of Nevadans enrolled in the Jacobs Presidential Scholars Program to 120 students, including 18- and 19-year-olds who are close to completing their high school diploma, but have “timed out” of traditional high schools. These students will simultaneously complete their high school coursework, earn a high school diploma and TMCC skills certificates in a variety of “middle skills” technical training program. Others considered for this program will be unemployed adults, who will also enroll in the “middle skills” technical programs.
“This program presents a radical change for students, giving them the chance to finish their last few high school credits and transition into being college learners,” says Pedro Martinez, WCSD Superintendent. “We are excited about this partnership, which will lead students from the school district through their college training, and directly into a career.”
The National Governor’s Association’s describes “middle skills” as the skills gap of employer projected demand for workers trained at a sub-baccalaureate level. NGA projects the magnitude of this skills gap to be 90%. (Source: National Governor’s Association, America Works initiative)
“I am grateful to TMCC for their commitment to our unemployed citizens who need our assistance more than ever in accessing resources to help them regain independence and stability,” says Frank Woodbeck, Director of the Nevada DETR. “DETR is committed to building a greater partnership with the Nevada System of Higher Education, in an effort to help unemployed Nevadans develop the skills necessary to compete in the current job market.”
For more information, please call the TMCC Foundation at 775-674-7648.
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