Nevada is one of the 10 states selected to participate in New Skills for Youth (NSFY), an initiative enhancing state efforts to increase the number of kids across the country who are prepared for success in both college and career. NSFY is a $75 million, five-year initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group.
In Phase One of the initiative, the Nevada NSFY team created a strategic plan for career readiness, formalized processes for employer engagement, and focused on restructuring state-level organizations to accomplish this work. Phase Two of the NSFY initiative began in January 2017. This snapshot profiles Nevada’s progress in the first year of Phase Two, including:
- Aligning workforce development with economic diversification efforts: The state is shifting focus to more diversified “New Nevada” industries and efforts to train the local workforce to meet the needs of those industries.
- Promoting career readiness with aligned diplomas: After the Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Bill 7 (A.B. 7), the Nevada State Board of Education prescribed criteria for a new college- and career-ready high school diploma.
- Improving communications: Nevada is leading new communications initiatives focused on encouraging students and parents to explore options for careers that may require a four-year college experience or postsecondary job training that offers a head start on a career. The goal is to change the perceptions and conversations of Nevadans surrounding career pathways and opportunities in the state.
To learn more about this work, read Nevada’s NSFY Phase One Snapshot.