DATE: CONTACT: February 17, 2015 Katherine DeRosear, firstname.lastname@example.org Nevada Announces MT1 Certificate Program –Carson City Library 1st Public Library System to Train for Manufacturing Jobs– RICHMOND, VA – The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), the workforce development affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, announced today that the Carson City, NV Public Library will be the first library in the United States to become an authorized MSI Assessment Center and MT1 Certified Trainer. The Carson City Library has been awarded a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant to train individuals seeking marketable skills in advanced manufacturing. The project will help fill a workforce training need for area manufacturers through an apprenticeship program that fosters community-based learning in STEM skills, essential for advanced technology jobs, using the MSI’s MT1 certificate program. “Carson City has a good blueprint for a brighter future and these kinds of action oriented solutions make a difference. I am very proud of the leadership of our Library Board of Trustees as well as the many more hands who contributed to this project. Success in winning the grant and implementing its mission will make a difference for Carson City residents,” said Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell. The Carson City Library, in partnership with Western Nevada College (WNC) and Carson City School District, will educate local industry, workforce partners, economic developers and community leaders about the need to adopt industry credentials to retain and expand manufacturing in Northern Nevada. This partnership will serve as a national benchmark for innovative approaches to certifying workers for jobs in modern manufacturing. Three primary elements comprise the partnership’s aptly named program, Nevada’s Working Capital:
- The public library as a central location that leverages its technology and special programs to expose patrons to design and experimentation, fostering focused but informal STEM learning and exposure to 3D printing.
- The public library as an access point for patrons to gain additional practice with specialized engineering software (SolidWorks), particularly helpful to existing manufacturers who want more for employees that is not necessarily for college credit, but is practice-based and off the clock.
- The public library as a learning forum for patrons to participate in formal training opportunities at the library, and linked from the library to WNC, that directly lead to MT1 certification.