Education / Talent Pipeline

Henderson’s pro-active talent pipeline operates as a continuum of quality, characterized by a collaborative vision and realized through comprehensive excellence beginning at the K-12 level.

Immersion and rigor.

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From the executive suite to the shop floor, today’s global economy demands critical thinking. And that’s the mindset fostered early in schools like John C. Vanderburg Elementary School, where a working rain forest biosphere immerses students in STEM learning. Or at the magnet school McCaw STEAM Academy, where a simulated mine lets students dig deeper for an interdisciplinary experience and understanding of Nevada’s mining history.

AND THE GRAMMY GOES TO….GREEN VALLEY HIGH!

Singing the praises of great arts education.  A five-recipient of the National Grammy Signature School Award, the Green Valley High School Music Department brings an impressive level of professionalism and excitement to arts education. The school’s band has performed all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to global destinations, while the school’s choirs have also performed at Carnegie Hall as well as diverse settings such as the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour in Las Vegas. The school’s Dance, Guitar, Orchestra and Theatre Departments also provide rigorous and life-changing creative arts experiences.

That kind of rigor produces stellar results, in superior math and reading scores as well as the area’s leading high school graduation rates—a high standard insured by ongoing investments like a recent designation of $1.5 million for classroom, teacher and student needs.

Higher education, higher achievement.

Henderson higher education graduates are ready to take on any challenge with critical skills and a global outlook fostered by the area’s 9 institutions of higher learning, including:

Nevada State College logo

While NSC has grown steadily since its founding in 2002 as Nevada’s first four-year state college, enrollment growth has been especially brisk lately, rising 30% between 2018 and 2020. The college offers 9 majors in the school of education, 23 majors and 25 minors in liberal arts and sciences and 3 tracks in nursing, offerings now expanded through the $6 million Betty Engelstad School for Health Sciences facility, operated in collaboration with College of Southern Nevada. The school’s scenic 511-acre campus invites contemplation with open community space featuring solar panels, xeriscaping and an organic teaching garden which provides produce for the campus café.

College of Southern Nevada logo

The largest and most ethnically diverse college in Nevada, CSN is also a go-to resource for diversity in both programs and activities spread across campuses in Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. The college offers hundreds of degrees and certifications in 70 academic programs ranging from those that are laser focused on immediate employment to transferrable associate degrees in liberal arts programs like political science and psychology. CSN also caters to student interests including extra curriculars like baseball, soccer, basketball and volleyball.

Roseman University of Health Sciences logo

Henderson was chosen as Roseman’s first campus location when the university was founded in 1999 as a non-profit, private institution offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in pharmacy, nursing, dentistry and physician training, as well as a health-care focused MBA program. Roseman aims for high impact with the Roseman University Six-Point Mastery Learning Model®, and Roseman graduates have gone on to become successful in healthcare practice, research and public health and policy.

Touro University Nevada logo

Centered on the core Judaic values of teaching, service and learning, Touro Nevada opened in 2004 as a satellite campus of Touro University California. From the inaugural student body of only 78 medical students, Touro has grown to an annual enrollment of more than 1,300 students in 7 areas of healthcare-related studies including nursing, physician assistant training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, osteopathic medicine and medical health sciences. Touro has also become an important community resource with its Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Active Aging Center, a full-service community patient center, and a physical therapy clinic.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas logo

Renowned for its prowess on the men’s basketball court, UNLV is also a powerhouse in the classroom and the lab, recognized in the top 3% of the nation’s research institutions by the Carnegie R1 classification. The University offers 220 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs, with an annual enrollment of 30,000, thus creating a knowledge asset for Nevada: Two-thirds of the University’s alumni choose to make their home in the state.

Nevada State College (NSC)

Nevada State College logo

While NSC has grown steadily since its founding in 2002 as Nevada’s first four-year state college, enrollment growth has been especially brisk lately, rising 30% between 2018 and 2020. The college offers 9 majors in the school of education, 23 majors and 25 minors in liberal arts and sciences and 3 tracks in nursing, offerings now expanded through the $6 million Betty Engelstad School for Health Sciences facility, operated in collaboration with College of Southern Nevada. The school’s scenic 511-acre campus invites contemplation with open community space featuring solar panels, xeriscaping and an organic teaching garden which provides produce for the campus café.

College of Southern Nevada (CSN)

College of Southern Nevada logo

The largest and most ethnically diverse college in Nevada, CSN is also a go-to resource for diversity in both programs and activities spread across campuses in Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. The college offers hundreds of degrees and certifications in 70 academic programs ranging from those that are laser focused on immediate employment to transferrable associate degrees in liberal arts programs like political science and psychology. CSN also caters to student interests including extra curriculars like baseball, soccer, basketball and volleyball.

Roseman University of Health Sciences

Roseman University of Health Sciences logo

Henderson was chosen as Roseman’s first campus location when the university was founded in 1999 as a non-profit, private institution offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in pharmacy, nursing, dentistry and physician training, as well as a health-care focused MBA program. Roseman aims for high impact with the Roseman University Six-Point Mastery Learning Model®, and Roseman graduates have gone on to become successful in healthcare practice, research and public health and policy.

Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada logo

Centered on the core Judaic values of teaching, service and learning, Touro Nevada opened in 2004 as a satellite campus of Touro University California. From the inaugural student body of only 78 medical students, Touro has grown to an annual enrollment of more than 1,300 students in 7 areas of healthcare-related studies including nursing, physician assistant training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, osteopathic medicine and medical health sciences. Touro has also become an important community resource with its Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Active Aging Center, a full-service community patient center, and a physical therapy clinic.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV)

University of Nevada-Las Vegas logo

Renowned for its prowess on the men’s basketball court, UNLV is also a powerhouse in the classroom and the lab, recognized in the top 3% of the nation’s research institutions by the Carnegie R1 classification. The University offers 220 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs, with an annual enrollment of 30,000, thus creating a knowledge asset for Nevada: Two-thirds of the University’s alumni choose to make their home in the state.

Healthcare: Higher degree of collaboration.

Local map with universities plotted

Reflecting effective alignment, healthcare-related fields comprise five of the top 10 degrees earned at area institutions which include CSN, NSC, Roseman, Touro and UNLV. And these institutions are continuing to strengthen and diversify the talent pipeline through innovative collaborative efforts such as the new Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences facility, the result of a partnership between CSN and NSC. Touro and NSC also work together in offering a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree program.

Manufacturing: Expanding skills now.

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As the world’s largest manufacturer of machine tools in the U.S., Haas Automation needed the assurance of a skilled workforce ASAP as it sought an expansion location in Henderson. And the city was able to deliver, thanks to College of Southern Nevada’s new Advanced Manufacturing Rapid Response Program created with a $2 million grant from Workforce Innovations for the New Nevada (WINN) Fund.

The WINN grant enables the development of two middle skills training programs for Production Technician and Machine Operator, while also allowing students to obtain critical certifications from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) for Production Technician, Logistics Technician, and CNC Machining Operator, which provides a pathway to mechatronics and robotics degrees.

College of Southern Nevada and CSN’s Division of Workforce and Employment also help maintain Henderson’s high overall skill level with:

  • Early career starts through dual enrollment.
  • A life-long skills track powering productivity and success through degrees and certificates in academic programs that include specialized areas such as aviation and welding technology.

Another critical link in Henderson’s manufacturing pipeline: Nevada’s LEAP (Learn and Earn Advanced Career Paths) program, which allows individuals to enrich their skillset through a seamless and guided sequence of training opportunities.

As war raged in Europe, magnesium was urgently needed for the aluminum alloy used in making bombs, munitions casings and airplane bodies. So, in 1941 the U.S. Government began discreet operations to solve the problem. A contract was made with Basic Magnesium Incorporated to build a magnesium manufacturing complex in southern Nevada. Codename: Plancor 201. 

The plant geared up quickly, the town that became Henderson grew up around it, and Basic Magnesium eventually produced more than 166 million pounds of refined magnesium that helped win the war. Integral to that effort were the women who took on the rugged work at the plant—"Magnesium Maggies,” as they were named by a local historian. Although Rosie the Riveter may be more widely known, Magnesium Maggies came through with flying colors, just as Henderson’s manufacturing workforce does today, and that’s no secret!

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As war raged in Europe, magnesium was urgently needed for the aluminum alloy used in making bombs, munitions casings and airplane bodies. So, in 1941 the U.S. Government began discreet operations to solve the problem. A contract was made with Basic Magnesium Incorporated to build a magnesium manufacturing complex in southern Nevada. Codename: Plancor 201. 

The plant geared up quickly, the town that became Henderson grew up around it, and Basic Magnesium eventually produced more than 166 million pounds of refined magnesium that helped win the war. Integral to that effort were the women who took on the rugged work at the plant—"Magnesium Maggies,” as they were named by a local historian. Although Rosie the Riveter may be more widely known, Magnesium Maggies came through with flying colors, just as Henderson’s manufacturing workforce does today, and that’s no secret!


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