LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), joined a video call with the Sierra Nevada Job Corps to learn how they are educating at-risk youth across Nevada during COVID-19, provide an update on her work in Congress to support Nevada’s workforce, and discuss her work to promote cyber workforce training.
“I’m grateful for organizations like the Sierra Nevada Job Corps who work tirelessly to support students and workers in Nevada,” said Senator Rosen. “When it comes to workforce success, education is the great equalizer. Nevada is a growing hub for cyber careers, and we must invest in our future by building the next generation of highly-skilled professionals. Workforce development is a priority for me in Congress, and I’m proud to work with my colleagues on legislation that supports our growing cyber workforce. I will continue working in Congress to ensure that programs like Sierra Nevada Job Corps get the resources they need to educate and train our state’s 21st century workforce.”
BACKGROUND: The Sierra Nevada Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program carried out by the Office of Job Corps within the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, and is funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Job Corps helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.
Rosen is an original co-sponsor of the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act, legislation that would invest $15 billion in America’s workforce training infrastructure and career and technical education.
In March, Rosen signed an appropriations letter supporting robust funding for Job Corps in FY21, continuing Job Corps centers' operations, and addressing critical renovations and repairs at Job Corps facilities.
In April, Rosen sent a letter calling on Senate Leadership to include $15.1 billion in funding for U.S. workforce development in the next COVID-19 relief package.
Senator Rosen's dedication to workforce development is further demonstrated by her introduction of:
- The Cyber Ready Workforce Act, bipartisan legislation she introduced last year alongside Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND). This bill would direct the U.S. Department of Labor to award grants to workforce intermediaries to support the creation, implementation, and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity and;
- The Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in America Act (AMJA) bipartisan legislation she introduced in January alongside Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). This bill would direct the U.S. Department of Labor to begin pilot projects between local community colleges, state and tribal colleges, local boards, advanced manufacturers, and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers, in order to facilitate education and training programs in the field of advanced manufacturing.