CARSON CITY, NV - April 04, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Craig von Collenberg of Las Vegas to be the new director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN). Von Collenberg’s first day will be April 22, 2019.
“Craig is a visionary leader and passionate advocate for apprenticeship and workforce development,” Governor Sisolak said. “His dedication to preparing Nevada’s students for success in a 21st-century workforce and his extensive firsthand experience as an apprenticeship graduate who went on to a successful career in sheet metal work make him an excellent choice to lead OWINN as it gives a new generation of Nevadans the skills they need to be competitive in a global economy.”
Von Collenberg has served as the director of apprenticeship studies at College of Southern Nevada (CSN) since 2013, where he oversees CSN’s 17 traditional apprenticeship programs that provide college credits and degree pathways for apprenticeship students. Previously, he oversaw workplace safety at two Las Vegas-based contractors and served as a lead instructor at Sheet Metal Local 88 JATC for five years. Von Collenberg received his certificate of achievement in sheet metal trades with high honors from CSN and holds a Bachelor of Arts in labor education from the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD and a Master of Science in marriage, family, and child counseling from the University of Phoenix.
OWINN helps drive a skilled, diverse, and aligned workforce in the state of Nevada by promoting cooperation and collaboration among all entities focused on workforce development. Its chief objectives are to prepare all K-12 students for college and career success, increase the number of Nevadans with postsecondary degrees and credentials, and boost employment outcomes in training and credentialing programs.