New Skills For Youth
Dr. Dawn Burns, Chief Strategy Officer
Mayita Sanchez, Program Officer
The Nevada Department of Education is proud to be one of 10 states to receive the New Skills for Youth Grant funded by JP Morgan Chase awarded in 2017. The $2 million grant aims to strengthen and expand career pathways for students in Nevada and is overseen by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Together with Governor Sandoval, the Nevada Department of Education, multiple partner agencies and private industry have come together to develop a plan to prepare students for in-demand careers in the New Nevada economy.
By 2020, 64 percent of new jobs will require more than a high school diploma, up from 28 percent in 1978. Yet only half of these jobs will require a four-year college degree. Many incoming Nevada jobs require specialized technical training that may not be found at a four-year degree program. The Nevada Department of Education is ensuring that students secure these skills on K-12 education through expanding Career & Technical Education programs, offering a new Career & College Ready Diploma, adopting the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, and developing new work-based learning programs.