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The Nevada Department of Education is proud to be one of 10 states to receive the New Skills for Youth Grant funded by JP Morgan Chase awarded in 2017. The $2 million grant aims to strengthen and expand career pathways for students in Nevada and is overseen by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Together with Governor Sandoval, the Nevada Department of Education, multiple partner agencies and private industry have come together to develop a plan to prepare students for in-demand careers in the new Nevada economy.

New Skills for Youth is a $75 million, five-year global career readiness initiative developed to prepare young people for a prosperous future. The Nevada program will align with NSFY’s goals and objectives, as aims to achieve the following strategic goals:

  • Employer engagement: establishing employer-drive processes informed to determine optimal high-skill, high-demand industries to align career pathways and programs of study.
  • Quality and rigor in career pathways for all students: using policy and funding levers to improve the quality and rigor of career pathways, as well as make those pathways widely accessible to students, especially underserved populations.
  • Career-focused accountability systems: Incorporating robust, career-focused indicators in state accountability systems that measure and value successful completion of meaningful pathways, including work-based learning, enrollment in postsecondary education or apprenticeships and credentials of value.
  • Scaled pathways that culminate in credentials of value: Working with local districts to scale career pathways that span secondary and postsecondary systems, as well as offering focused career guidance and advisement. 
  • Integrated funding streams; joint resource planning: Aligning state and federal funding streams from education, workforce development and economic development sources to effectively deliver career-focused programs to all students.
  • Ensuring cross-institutional alignment: Fostering greater collaboration between K-12 and postsecondary institutions to adopt policies and processes in schools, technology centers, academies and institutions of higher education to ensure cross-institutional alignment of programs and pathways that smooth transitions for students and minimize institutional barriers.


    Dr. Dawn Burns, Chief Strategy Officer-New Skills for Youth
    Education Program Supervisor-CRALEO/NDE

    9890 S. Maryland Parkway
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89183

    Mayita Sanchez, Program Officer – New Skills for Youth
    Program Officer—New Skills for Youth
    Career Readiness, Adult Learning & Education Options
    Nevada Department of Education

    755 N. Roop Street, Ste., 201
    Carson City, NV 89701

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