According to a recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Amazon, technology is playing an increasing role in economic growth. The report found rural small businesses in Nevada could increase sales enough to add more than 9,800 jobs to the state over the next three years if they utilize more digital tools.
The program gives Nevada high school students the opportunity to work full-time as production associates at the Tesla Gigafactory in Northern Nevada. Planted east of Reno-Sparks in Storey County, the 1.9-million-square-foot-and-growing factory manufactures electric batteries, including motors for the Model 3, Tesla’s first mass-market vehicle.
It’s a Wednesday afternoon inside Truckee Meadows Community College’s new advanced manufacturing lab, located at the TMCC Applied Technology Center on Edison Way in Reno, which is humming along during a demonstration. The lab is proof TMCC is doubling down on efforts to prepare the Nevada workforce for openings at Tesla and many other companies playing a robot-centric role in the state’s booming advanced manufacturing sector.
Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is launching an Advanced Leadership Academy in February 2019. According to a news release, the program was created “to meet workforce needs in the quickly growing Northern Nevada economy.”
Join the Northern Nevada Business Weekly, Nevada State Bank, NCET and a powerhouse panel of workforce development leaders on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 7 to 9 am at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. The panel includes representatives from JOIN Inc., University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Community Services Agency (CSA), Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP) and the Career College of Northern Nevada.
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.
When I was a kid, I remember running home from school every day to watch Star Trek (think: M-5 from the episode titled “The Ultimate Computer”). Thirty years later, I am still a sci-fi nerd, so it’s a bit surreal to watch as artificial intelligence (AI) begins displacing jobs like M-5 did on the Enterprise. Today the speed in which technology is changing our society is head spinning.