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.
When someone looks to change career paths and get into a new industry, it can be tough. Nevada has tapped a company to help make that transition easier for those seeking work in the technology sector. Transmosis is a workforce trainer focused on developing a pipeline of skilled labor by helping job seekers address skill gaps.
Jake Warner and his staff make the painstaking decision to uproot Cycle and look for greener pastures. After perusing other possible markets, the one destination that stood out was northern Nevada. “Toledo is a very big manufacturing city, so there’s not much of a tech scene there,” Warner said. “There have been a lot of people trying to build it up, but it’s going to take long time to get there. They’re at least three years behind where Reno is now.”
We are headed into a time in Northern Nevada where workforce readiness is a real concern. Without proper preparation, it will become a crisis for some—especially small businesses. Northern Nevada community leaders are paying attention to the need to ready our workforce for current and projected growth. Keep in mind that EDAWN is predicting 50,000 new jobs by 2020 through its efforts to economically develop our region.
We are preparing the next workforce, and they are preparing us. Generation Y, Z and younger definitely have their personal preferences that will influence whether they choose to work for you or a competitor. BYOD is a term that means a worker can bring their own device — smart phone, laptop, iPad, etc. — to work. It is a sticking point now and contention will grow as younger employees push back on their employers’ need for risk management.
Business growth and diversification is happening in northern Nevada. The buzz just keeps getting louder thanks to the hard work of the local economic development authorities and the business-friendly climate that the state of Nevada has maintained.