State Board of Education Will Recognize Efforts Made on Nevada's Successful $2 Million New Skills for Youth Grant

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - January 18, 2017

The State Board of Education will recognize the $2 million grant the state received to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for Nevada’s students when it meets on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Department of Education in Las Vegas (9890 South Maryland Parkway) and Carson City (700 East Fifth Street).

“This was an incredibly collaborative effort by numerous state agencies and our partners in industry,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I am greatly appreciative of everyone who came together and worked on this over the past year.”

Manny Lamarre from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation, Tony Chopp from JPMorgan Chase and Todd Levinson from the Council of Chief State School Officers are scheduled to speak about the New Skills For Youth grant at the state board meeting.

“We had an incredible team make a presentation in Washington DC,” said Canavero. “It’s a tribute to everyone involved when you consider 36 states applied and Nevada was one of 10 selected for this part of the grant. Nevada won because of the hard work under the Governor's leadership that a clear plan was in place to provide more students across the state with high-quality career pathways.”

Joining Canavero for the final Washington DC presentation were Lamarre; Jonas Peterson, President & CEO, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance; Bob Potts, Research Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Cathy Steinmetz, Associate Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Training Programs, Faraday Future; Jesse Welsh, Academic Manager, Innovative Learning Environments, Clark County School District and Frank Woodbeck, Executive Director, Nevada College Collaborative, Nevada System of Higher Education.

"Working with the Governor’s New Skills for Youth team gave Faraday Future the opportunity to build out the local workforce development and state youth career options in Nevada,” said Cathy Steinmetz, Associate Director of EHS, Faraday Future. “We’re incredibly excited to work closely with the team and establish relationships with the state that will directly benefit future collaboration and joint projects between us. The career pathway opportunities in Nevada will support our success story in the region by providing a qualified workforce with today’s skill sets required in advanced manufacturing.”

There was also a larger cross-sector team that worked together to develop the 3- year career readiness imitative action plan that was submitted as part of the Phase 2 application, which included business leaders, representatives of statewide business organizations, representatives of state agencies responsible for workforce development, representatives of higher education, and school district leaders.

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