The vision to build Northern Nevada’s economic future on sectors such as advanced manufacturing and advanced logistics can become a reality only if the region’s workforce has the skills that new and expanding employers require. The Pennington Applied Technology Center at Truckee Meadows Community College has a long and rich history of teaching residents the skills they need for technical jobs and updating those skills to keep workers competitive when new technologies create new employment opportunities.
The Reno Mini Maker Faire is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 8, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Idlewild Park. The event is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. People of all ages and backgrounds will come together to show what they are making and share what they have learned along the way. The Faire is a celebration of what makes Northern Nevada unique.
The Pack Internship Grant Program (PIGP) provides funding for individual student internships with local businesses, non-profits and public agencies. Our program seeks to assist local organizations in developing substantive internship opportunities for Nevada students. In addition to providing grant funding for internships (we provide student wages at $12/hour for 120 hours), we will work with you to create a new internship program or renovate an existing internship to ensure a mutually beneficial professional experience.
By all accounts, the tech sector in Northern Nevada is booming. In part 1 of this series, we pointed out areas that are important to tech-savvy job seekers. These job and career factors are the initiating motivation for interviewing with your company. For out-of- town candidates, other critical factors also come into play. Immediately after deciding they are interested in your company, the candidate will start considering lifestyle, housing, cost of living, and family factors.
Your customers are constantly using social media, and their devotion creates an opportunity to provide the kind of exceptional service that builds customers for life. Like any initiative to strengthen profits, effective use of social media for customer service requires strategy, commitment and ongoing attention. But the rewards — higher customer spending, real customer relationships, an inside look at what customers are thinking — make the investment worthwhile. Bain Media estimates that customers increase their spending by 20 to 40 percent with companies that have engaged their customer-service requests on social media.
Steven Gill has been elected vice president of membership administration for NCET, a member-supported non-profit that produces networking events to help individuals and businesses explore and use technology. Rachel Felix, Matt Fisher, Toni Quiruz, Bill Saylor, Chuck Sweeney and Irene Voronel have been re-elected to the board.