Western Nevada College, in partnership with Churchill County Library (CCL) offers Information Technology Gateway Training (ITGT) to increase STEM-specialized employees for the expanding tech industry in Northern Nevada.brary (CCL) offers Information Technology Gateway Training (ITGT) to increase STEM-specialized employees for the expanding tech industry in Northern Nevada.
In Dec. 2015, CCL became the first carrier of gigabit broadband Internet in Northern Nevada, provided by Churchill County Communications.
The growing need for STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) encouraged the Round 2 STEM Workforce Challenge Grants, awarded by the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT) in February 2016.
ITGT will fulfill a critical need for homegrown, entry-level IT professionals while providing closer access to similar classes previously located in Carson City. Students can earn industry certifications in Microsoft and CompTIA, CISCO Routing and Switching. A sequence of three Graphic Communications classes prepares students for web design. These credit-based courses apply toward WNC Certificates of Achievement and Applied Associate of Arts degrees.
Post-secondary students and current employees can choose between three academic sessions: Summer 2016, Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. All classes are online-based with instructional help. Tuition and exam assistance is available for all classes.
ITGT hopes to employ 75 percent of trainees within three months of course completion. According to the OSIT, STEM industries in Nevada—advanced manufacturing, IT, cyber security, energy and agriculture—are growing faster than non-STEM industries.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to educate and build a tech niche within our state,” said Carol Lloyd, Director of the Churchill County Library. “We are proud to host ITGT, and hope to create an interesting and accessible education outlet for students and professionals.
The ITGT will be a model for other libraries to develop IT-programs for similar workforces.
Summer 2016 Class Schedule
Session 1: June 6 – July 15
GRC 175—Web Design I
CISCO 120—CCNA Internetworking Fundamentals (May require travel to Carson City WNC campus for lab work)
CIT 211—Microsoft Networking I
Session 2: July 18 – Aug. 26
GRC 275—Web Design II
CISCO 121—CCNA Routing Protocols & Concepts (May require travel to Carson City WNC campus for lab work)
CIT 212—Microsoft Networking II
CIT 161—Essentials of Information Security (Comp TIA Security+)
Course registration is available at wnc.edu/admissions/registration. Students who have not taken a credit class from WNC, or who have not attended class within the last two years, must apply to WNC at bit.ly/ITGTapp. Questions about tuition or registration should be directed to Georgia White: email@example.com, 775-445-3348; Hillary Nelson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 775-445-4272; or Sherry Black: email@example.com, 775-423-2224. Inquiries about tuition and exam assistance should be directed to Carol Lloyd: firstname.lastname@example.org, 775-423-7581 ext. 6.