In late September 2020, Nevada was awarded a $13.8 million Reimagine Workforce Preparation (RWP) grant out of the CARES Act's Education Stabilization Fund. Nevada was one of only eight states which received this three-year grant for its Project SANDI ("Supporting and Advancing Nevada's Dislocated Individuals").
The program aims to build a modern workforce system that maps skills to competencies and credentials. Expand remote access to short-term training for in-demand sectors and educational opportunities by utilizing digital platforms.
Through this project, Nevada will:
Let us Reimagine Workforce Preparation
To modernize the current workforce system SANDI offers a coordinated digital platform that allows dislocated, underemployed, and new job seekers easy access to accelerated training and education for in-demand, living-wage occupations and entrepreneurial pursuits. Enhanced features include precision career navigation elements that 'decode' skills and award college credits or competency badges for prior experience. Virtual reality and 3D interactive training enhancements are focused on short-term industry credentials through distance learning to reskill and upskill folks for in-demand jobs within Nevada's resilient STEM industries.
The Nevada State Library already has a service platform that leverages industry-leading solutions to manage information needs in a modern, mobile-friendly online environment. This grant will enhance the unified resource solutions that are already in place to simplify further and expand the information discovery experience of the job seeker, facilitate streamlined career exploration and training access, and increase cooperation between educators, librarians, career navigators, and individuals seeking to engage more fully in the workforce.
What makes this project so unique is that with the help of Libraries, community practice members, Nevada Career Explorer, and new technology. Project SANDI will provide patrons with the support, tools, and resources to explore in-demand occupations currently in Nevada. Using 360-degree videos, STEM, data analysis modules, and virtual reality experience, job seekers will understand what an in-demand STEM occupation might look like. The goal is to provide patrons with a continuum of career-related experiences through exposure, exploration, and experience.
Project SANDI Starts with a Library Card
Libraries can reach deeply into disadvantaged communities in the highest need of workforce development and retraining now more than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nevada State Library connects to 87 public libraries across the state, many operating in Nevada’s most economically challenged communities. The community of practice will drive individuals to strategic recruiting events for career entry. These events will use VR technology in libraries, One-Stops, Community Colleges, and NGO locations to spark curiosity and interest in Nevada's In-demand sectors.
The recruiting efforts will direct all SANDI-interested patrons in getting a library card to enroll and create their Nevada Career Explorer profile. This is required for everyone who wants to participate in Project SANDI. If a patron does not have a library card they can apply online and have one in minutes!
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Why the Libraries?
The Nevada State Library system already has a service platform that leverages industry-leading solutions to manage information needs in a modern, mobile-friendly online environment. This grant leverages the wide geographical and demographic reach of Nevada’s public library system, as well as the Nevada State Library’s federal mandate to participate in workforce development. Starting with libraries is not a single isolated effort, but it's an integral part of SANDI's workforce development strategy. Libraries will be the starting point for job seekers to start their career exposure, exploration, and training access.
Let's highlight some of Nevada's milestones achieved in the past six years: