By Kevin Mills, Global Head of Coursera for Government
Like many states across the country, advancing technologies are reshaping the labor market in Nevada, creating new job opportunities that require digital skills. We’re excited to announce that the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) has partnered with Coursera to launch LearnNV, a new statewide program that will provide free job training to tens of thousands of unemployed and underemployed Nevadans, particularly young adults. LearnNV will help bridge skills gaps and create pathways for Nevadans to enter in-demand jobs in the state’s increasingly digital economy.
The program aims to increase the number of skilled workers with recognized credentials who are available to local employers, with training programs aligned to the state’s industry demands. LearnNV’s initial focus is to equip young adults ages 18 to 24 with skills and credentials that will help them qualify for well-paying digital careers. The first phase rolls out in Clark County today and will expand to the entire state by the end of 2023.
“People can register for free courses in the comfort of their own homes,” said DETR Director Christopher Sewell. “New demands of emerging industries require people to be constantly learning, this program will allow people to earn credit and certifications that will allow them to succeed.”
LearnNV is a great investment in the next generation of Nevadans,” said Mary Beth Sewald, President and CEO of the Vegas Chamber, the largest business association in Nevada. “This platform offers another pathway for young people to acquire the skills they need to secure higher paying jobs and it will benefit employers who need qualified employees to help their businesses grow.
LearnNV offers 6,000 courses and credentials to help learners develop essential career skills like digital proficiency, communication, and data literacy with expert instruction from top universities and companies. With 3,500 Guided Projects, learners can apply the skills they’ve learned to solve real-world scenarios, practice using industry tools specific to the job, and build a portfolio of work that can help them stand out to employers.
The program also includes over 35 industry micro-credentials, designed by leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, and IBM, to prepare people without a degree or prior work experience for good-paying entry-level positions. These digital jobs are critical to any industry, including, Data Analyst, Cybersecurity Analyst, UX Designer, Application Developer, and Social Media Marketer. Many industry micro-credentials and Specializations on Coursera have ACE Credit Recommendation, so learners are eligible to receive college credit (ranging from 1 to 18 credits) upon completion.
We’re thrilled to partner with DETR to help tens of thousands of Nevadans acquire industry skills and micro-credentials that can unlock higher-wage career paths while also addressing skill shortages across the state.
Those interested in the program can contact their nearest EmployNV Career Hub, EmployNV Youth Hub,
EmployNV Business Hub or visit the registration page to learn more. To learn more about Coursera for Government, visit coursera.org/government.