CARSON CITY, NV – June 07, 2022
Today, the Community College Workforce Training and Programs Committee – created by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak through Assembly Bill 450 – announced a pilot program aimed at making community college and workforce training programs free for more students.
Earlier this year, the Governor dedicated $5 million in American Rescue Plan funds to continue exploring ways to make community college or training programs free for more Nevadans and charged the Committee to bring forward initial recommendations.
The pilot program, approved today by the Committee, must go before the Interim Finance Committee for final approval and expenditure of the funds.
“I’m proud of the dedication of this Committee to make community college and training programs free and available to more Nevadans – and figure out what works, and what doesn’t, for our communities,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “This is only the start of the continued work in the State of Nevada to ensure that educational opportunities are affordable and available to Nevadans in need.”
The Workforce Incentive Grant (WIG) is designed to capture a wider population of students who are not currently eligible for other state scholarship opportunities due to age or credit-load requirements. The new program will also target students seeking degrees or certificates for high-demand occupations as identified by the State. More about the program is available here.
The Governor’s Office is committed to continuing to explore workforce development opportunities across the State, including through the recently created “Workforce Development subcabinet,” which includes leaders from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Nevada System of Higher Education, Nevada Department of Education, Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, Department of Veterans Services and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation.
The subcabinet will continue the conversation and work around to explore ways to make community college or other apprentice and training programs free for more Nevadans by 2025.