A new green-powered classroom will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Clark County's Department of Juvenile Justice Services Spring Mountain Youth Camp to help introduce youth to STEM-based careers in Nevada's evolving green technology economy.
The Clark County School District operates the Spring Mountain Jr./Sr. High School at the Spring Mountain Youth Camp. The camp is a juvenile detention center that serves male youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Leaders from Workforce Connections (Southern Nevada's Local Workforce Investment Board), CCSD, Clark County commissioners and the Juvenile Justice Services department will gather with youth to celebrate the arrival of the new asset at the school.
A ribbon cutting and demonstration of the technology will be part of the event. This partnership supports CCSD Superintendent Jesus F. Jara's commitment to bring more career-focused resources to local high schools.
"This is a target population for us," said Jaime Cruz, Workforce Connections executive director. "We want to expose them to career paths and skill sets that can help set them up for long term success."
"This lab is a great educational resource for youth at Spring Mountain Youth Camp," said County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, a member of the Workforce Connections development committee. "We are grateful to Workforce Connections for making it available to students, and hopeful it will inspire youth to purse interests and careers in wind and solar technology."
"Partnerships like this demonstrate how truly committed the community is to ensuring our students receive a high-quality education," said Jara. "This program will ensure they have access to resources that will prepare them for in-demand jobs when they graduate."
The mobile lab houses STEM equipment designed to spark interest in solar, wind and energy-efficient career fields. Teachers at the Spring Mountain Jr./Sr. High School will be trained on the equipment by Workforce Connections staff. The lab will be incorporated into the school's curriculum starting in January 2020.
According to the Workforce Blueprint 2.0 recently released by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance in conjunction with Workforce Connections and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, all of the top 10 high-demand occupations in Nevada utilize science, technology, engineering and math principles. With Nevada's low unemployment rate, employers are relying more and more on alternative labor pools such as the re-entry population to help fill these in-demand positions.
For this program year, Workforce Connections has committed approximately $3.5 million in federal
Title | WIOA funds to help prepare youth and adults who have been incarcerated to enter the workforce.
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
WHERE: Spring Mountain Jr./Sr.High School at the Spring Mountain Youth Camp
2400 Angel Peak Pl, Las Vegas, NV 89124
(all media to check in at main office and will be walked to the green-powered classroom)
WHAT: Deployment of green-powered classroom
Demonstration of STEM equipment
WHO: Jaime Cruz, Workforce Connections executive director
Dr. Jesus F. Jara, CCSD Superintendent
Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Clark County Commission Chairman
Jack Martin, Department of Juvenile Justice Services director
Joshua Katz, Spring Mountain Jr./Sr. High School principal
Spring Mountain Jr./Sr. High School students
Editor's Note: Due to the need to protect the confidentiality of youth within the care of the Juvenile Justice Service department, media are required not to show youth faces in photos or video in news stories about the camp, and when interviewing juveniles not to use last names or to report offenses committed by youth.
About Workforce Connections (WC): WC convenes the public workforce development system in Southern Nevada. As the Local Workforce Development Board, WC connects employers to a ready workforce through a network of One-Stop Career Centers that provide education, training and employment opportunities. For more information on these resources visit: www.nvcareercenter.org.