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Community of Practice SANDI Training Center: 10. Using the SANDI Catalog, Tuition, Braided Funding and Wrap-around Services


When a user completes their Nevada Career Explorer assessments and career exploration activities (i.e VR Job Shadowing, SANDI workshop, etc.) they are ready to further explore available Nevada resilient training. Users will have access to the catalog via their Nevada Career Explorer portal along with a PDF version they can download.

The catalog is broken down into 3 sections:

  1. NSHE Institutions Training:
    1. College of Southern Nevada
    2. Great Basin College
    3. Truckee Meadows Community College
    4. Western Nevada College
  2. Non-Government Agency Trainings
    1. Nevada Department of Veteran Services
    2. High Sierra AHEC
    3. Electrical JATC of Southern Nevada
    4. Northern Nevada Electrical JATC
    5. New Horizons
    6. NCLab
    7. Professional Institute of Technology (PITA)
    8. V School
    9. Tech Impact
  3. Program listings by Industry 
    • Healthcare
    • IT and Digital Transformation Programs
    • Manufacturing Technologies
    • Skilled Trades Programs


Project SANDI Tuition Fee/Support Requirements


When does a Community of Practice member check for SANDI training funding eligibility?

The community of Practice members' first goal is to enroll as many users as possible in NVCE and start their Individual Career Map (ICM). We want to expose and spark curiosity in as many individuals as possible about Nevada's resilient industries and the training Project SANDI offers. Proof of eligibility will occur at the end of an individual ICM; once a participant is interested in moving forward with training from the SANDI catalog, the COP member check a prospective student's eligibility.

If a participant selects a training course with a community College, that participant will be referred to the designated Community College Career Navigator.

Suppose the participant selects a private training provider; that participant will be reassigned to a COP member from that training provider. In addition, dependent on the client's overall needs (wrap-around services). In that case, the client will also be connected to a One-Stop, NGO, or State Agency community of practice member for wrap-around services support. 


For students to receive tuition and fee support under Project SANDI, they must meet the below criteria:

  1. Proof of citizenship
  2. Fall under one of the below categories:
    1. Dislocated worker
    2. Underemployed worker
    3. New job seeker
    4. Limited English Proficient (LEP) adults
  3. Be willing to be tracked through the system while in training and upon graduation. With follow up to see if employed in the field of study two quarters (six months) after completion and at what salary
    • The salary goal is $37,000/year.


Educational and training programs must provide the following:

  • Short-term educational programs or career pathways programs 
    • A short-term educational program means a program that provides not less than 150 and not more than 600 clock hours of instructional time (or equivalent) for not less than 8 weeks and not more than 15 weeks.
  • Lead to certificates, badges, micro-credentials, licenses, or other workplace-relevant credentials that respond to the needs of employers or facilitate entrepreneurship


  •  The area of study is under one of the following:
    • Healthcare
    • Information technology
    • Advanced manufacturing
    • Skilled trades
    • Logistics


  • Braided Funding Basics​​​​​
    •  What is braided funding? Braided funding involves combining two or more funding sources (or “streams”) to support a program or activity. Braided funding pools multiple funding streams toward one purpose while separately tracking and reporting on each funding source. 

    • How is braided funding carried out? In some cases, an organization will plan to meet a specific goal or objective by raising funds from multiple sources, each aware of the blended funding approach. Braided funding strategies can also involve various organizations joining together to implement a common program or goal, bringing different funding sources.

    • Why use Braided funding? Limited federal workforce development and educational funding mean workforce service providers must do more with less. Also, public funding for workforce programs comes through multiple agencies and programs with different requirements and purposes. Braiding funding supports existing or new programs without raising the total funds needed from one source.

    • What are the challenges of braided funding? When using multiple funding sources for one program or objective, each source of financing usually comes with specific goals, target populations, and performance indicators. Effectively braiding funding streams requires organizations to track multiple funding sources' requirements (such as the use of funds or performance metrics).

  • What can and cannot be braided?
    • Project SANDI can be braided with WIOA and FAFSA funding as a rule of thumb. Project SANDI does not have any braiding restrictions. However, if other funding sources are to be used with SANDI, always double-check to ensure that the funding source has no rule prohibiting braided funding. 


   All community of practice members is encouraged to become familiar with their local WIOA partners as they will be a critical source for wrap-around services. Other community partners for support services outside of WIOA are also encouraged. Support Services via WIOA title I are available for Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth programs. For youth programs support Services are one of the 14 youth elements that must be made available to participants. 


What is WIOA?

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act with a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system since 1998.

The term ‘‘supportive services’’ means services such as transportation, child care, dependent care, housing, and needs-related payments, that are necessary to enable an individual to participate in activities authorized under this Act. A Support Service may only be provided to participants to enable their participation in WIOA services and tied to that specific service. Needs are typically identified through the Initial Assessment process and outlined in the Employment Plan. A Support Service payment is made to or on behalf of eligible participants for temporary assistance required to support the individual’s Employment Plan. WIOA Title I will only pay for expenses incurred while a participant is enrolled in the program and actively participating in activities authorized under WIOA. Support Services are not intended to meet every need of the participant. Rather, they provide temporary assistance.


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