Western Nevada College (WNC) and Tesla have partnered to train 62 Tesla employees through the WNC Technician Program. This program is funded by the Supporting and Advancing Nevada’s Dislocated Individuals (SANDI) project and the Governor's Office of Workforce Innovation (GOWINN) and provides opportunities for continuous learning and career advancement.
Nevada Business reported that as part of this collaboration, a total of 47 students received grant funding for the Technology Level 1 (MT1) certification program and 15 received funding for the Mechatronics Technology program at WNC. Both programs help current Tesla employees receive training to expand their experience and professional knowledge in the field of mechanical technology and engineering. In addition, these programs are not specific to Tesla job training and can be used by all people in this area of the workforce at any employer in the future.
“The MT1 course has helped to provide basic theory knowledge to my Junior technicians so they can understand automation processes and develop methodical troubleshooting methods; while the Mech Tech course has propelled some of our veteran technicians to sharpen their troubleshooting skills and find greater career paths at Tesla,” said Nicholas Schafer, Tesla Production Engineering Supervisor. “Whether new to the technician role or having spent years in the automation industry, taking part in the MT1 and Mech Tech courses is value added to any career path and will ensure a bright future at Tesla.”
Tesla's partnership with WNC emphasizes the importance of continued education in Nevada's workforce and job pipeline. The manufacturer seeks to educate its employees, which will provide them with more opportunities in the future.
“We understand that providing continued education and supportive resources for our employees directly influences the morale of our team and the future of Tesla,” said Nicholas Schafer, Tesla Production Engineering Supervisor. “We want to see our team members succeed and strive to level-up in their positions and we have seen positive results of this occur directly from the courses offered at WNC.”
“Western Nevada College and Tesla’s partnership is a prime example of just how important Project SANDI has been to the workforce of Nevada,” said Kristen Dwyer, grants and programs manager for the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation. “Being able to support and enhance the knowledge of those seeking career success in some of our most in-demand jobs is pivotal for a happy, healthy and successful workforce pipeline.”
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