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STEM grant awarded to city of Henderson

The Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology has awarded the city of Henderson a grant in order to develop new science, technology, engineering and math workforce training.

“STEM workforce development is one of my top priorities. The education and training students receive in these programs will prepare them for high-wage, in-demand careers in the new Nevada,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said.

Henderson has partnered with McKinsey and Transmosis to develop an IT boot camp, externship and job placement program. The model being implemented comes from similar programs that have had success and places more than 1,200 students.

The program will be housed in the Water Street District in downtown Henderson and will target students who are unemployed, underemployed or determined to be a high risk.

According to a release by the city, STEM industries in Nevada are growing faster than the current workforce to fill them. These industries include advanced manufacturing, IT, cybersecurity, energy and agriculture. The release also noted that half of the available jobs don’t require a four-year degree and the average wage for a sub-baccalaureate STEM job pays more than $50,000 per year.

According to a release, the Transmosis platform enables trainees to gain valuable skills in technology and real-world experience.

“We are thrilled to be entering Henderson and see great potential for training local participants into high-wage jobs in high-growth STEM industries,” Transmosis CEO Chase Norlin said.

In 2015, companies in Transmosis’ Silicon Valley accelerator collectively generated more than $30 million in revenue, produced new jobs and new investment. The company also trained new workers in the technology field, with many graduates going to organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Apple and other leading startups.

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