WNC offers certifications during spring semester that could lead to employment in industries such as manufacturing, information technology, computer-aided drafting, welding, machining, bookkeeping, health care, construction and automotive mechanics.
It’s hard to keep your hands to yourself in Western Nevada College’s Industrial Technology Lab. Spread out over multiple rooms in the Reynolds Center, the lab holds every piece of equipment a student would need to learn and experience to work in industrial technology.
Technicians from around Northern Nevada are demonstrating their skills, knowledge and value through the innovative Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program at Western Nevada College. Working in the field of industrial technology and returning to the lab and classroom to earn internationally recognized credentials and college credit requires determination, and a personal and professional investment.
October may be proclaimed as Manufacturing Month but in Carson City, the concept goes beyond appreciation: It’s a field transforming local students and shaping the future, especially in Nevada. Carson High School and Western Nevada College unveiled Career Technical Education laboratories, in conjunction with offering credits for courses that will help begin careers with tech industries such as General Electric, Panasonic, Tesla.
What’s next? We already have Megatron, R2-D2, Optimus Prime and Rosie. On back-to-back days at Western Nevada College, students immersed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education showed what they could do when their minds were stimulated through technology and robotics.
The Nevada System of Higher Education announced that hundreds of apprenticeships, aligned with manufacturing companies, will be made available in the coming years. Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College were awarded $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop the programs.
NCET’s Dave Archer looks at the human side of Nevada’s various economic and industrial sectors, and explores some of the fascinating degree programs offered by our local colleges and universities – each specifically designed by our educational institutions to provide our students with the skills and training they’ll need as they enter the rapidly changing workforce.