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Posted: Jun 24, 2014
An academic division at Truckee Meadows Community College has a brand new name — as of July 1, the Applied Industrial Technologies Division will be officially called the Technical Sciences Division.
"The name change was approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education Academic Affairs Council at their June 5, 2013 meeting to become effective July 1, 2014," wrote Dr. Jane Nichols, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, in a campus-wide email.
The division represents four broad categories of workforce development that prepare students with certificates and degrees for direct entry into jobs.
During the preceding few years, three programs were added to the division:
“The word ‘industrial’ didn’t fit any more; we felt technical sciences was a term that reflected the complexity and depth of the division,” said Jim New, Dean of Technical Sciences.
The new name for the division better represents the breadth of programs resulting from reorganization, and more accurately characterizes the nature of the coursework.
“There are different interpretations of what the word ‘industrial’ means,” New said. “We use very advanced technologies and teach high skills in each of these programs.”
Following the Great Recession, Applied Industrial Technologies intensified in recognized importance as workforce development programs returned more Nevadans to work, New said.
Job-ready preparation courses were emphasized in the State of the State address of Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nevada, on January 16, 2013.
“We are pairing the community colleges more closely with our workforce needs so that they can deliver students into jobs that will be waiting for them in the new economy,” Sandoval said.
While the Technical Sciences Division is focused on educating new workers to enter the labor force with certificates and degrees, TMCC also has a complete department dedicated to continuing classes for incumbent workers in noncredit education and courses directed to job advancement.
Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE) offers a diverse and complete selection of professional development courses. Also held are customized training classes that support existing firms, new businesses and entrepreneurs.
Examples of these courses include grant writing, pharmacy technician, project management, property management, and numerous others. The TMCC Safety Center offers safety workshops in OSHA training disciplines, forklift courses, hazardous materials, emergency response, and designs tailor-made trainings for companies.
“We’re tied to the economic development efforts in the region,” New said. “Whenever a company is considering Reno, they often tour our facility to see if we have training programs for their workers.”
New adds that sometimes this could be a large company that might be deciding to relocate to either Reno-Sparks or another city.
“Often, they tour our campus anonymously, because of their competition,” New said. “It’s exciting to be a part of bringing cutting edge companies to our area.”
More information about the programs offered by the Technical Sciences Division can be found on TMCC’s IGT Applied Technologies Center Web pages.
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