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Clark County, Nevada
"Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match…" Maybe it's because I just saw Fiddler on the Roof or because Valentine's Day has just passed, but I wanted to take a moment to bring together two very special audiences – entrepreneurs and workforce development – to make the case for why this marriage should be a no-brainer and provide ideas for how to make a move.
Find out how Nevada’s ACT Work Ready Communities are helping identify and create qualified candidates for pre-apprenticeship programs at NV Energy, which provides energy to more than 2 million customers throughout the state. Clark County School District, Workforce Connections, and the College of Southern Nevada use ACT WorkKeys and the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate to create a pipeline of talent ready to participate in a four-year, 8,000-hour apprenticeship program for NV Energy.
Bolstered by strong regional partnerships and collaborations, companies in Southern Nevada have access to a host of business development teams willing to roll up their sleeves and find solutions to workforce needs. In fact, Southern Nevada’s attitude of teamwork and strategic problem-solving is earning national recognition.
Earlier this year, The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) awarded its prestigious Laurie Moran Partnership Award to Workforce Connections, Southern Nevada’s Workforce Development Board, and the Vegas Chamber for their joint efforts in advancing the region’s workforce and economic development. The award highlights the collaborative and innovative talent pipelines their teams have established in the region.
Six workforce development professionals from Workforce Connections, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance and the Vegas Chamber were certified by the national organization ACT as job profilers, including Jake McClelland, LVGEA; Celia Rouse, Stavan Corbett, Robbie DeBuffand Carol Polke, Workforce Connections; and George Hempe, Vegas Chamber. This specialized and data-driven training will allow these professionals to help local employers hire the right person the first time. The new job profilers are part of Nevada’s Work Ready Community initiative aimed at connecting employers to a ready workforce.
The ACT Work Ready Community (WRC) of Clark County, NV netted high honors today by the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB). The prestigious Laurie Moran Partnership Award from NAWB holds a special meaning to ACT's Work Ready Communities family as well. Laurie Moran was one of the first members of the advisory board that launched WRC. NAWB presented the award during their national Forum conference. Check out the video overview of Clark County's accomplishments.