We, at NCLab, address a broad spectrum of STEM education, with our primary focus being addressing the shortage of qualified STEM-oriented employees. Our college-level job-ready career training programs have proven successful in preparing students for the workforce while also strengthening the skills of existing workforces.
Many colleges and universities have difficulty
- fully addressing the shortage of available STEM-oriented employees
- providing students the practical experience needed to qualify for the available jobs.
NCLab addresses both of these issues. As students learn new skills with NCLab’s training programs, they simultaneously obtain automatically-graded practical experience, to the point that they are proficient enough to fill jobs when they successfully complete their training.
NCLab’s career training is done in a self-paced interactive online manner with student support being provided by NCLab college-level personnel with in-depth knowledge of the skill sets being taught.
NCLab’s verified learning system allows graduates to show potential employers their demonstrated learning skills and practical experience.
NCLab partners with colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to serve their marketplace. Those institutions put their seal of approval on the training, promote the availability of the training, provide career and financial counseling, administer enrollment, and provide each student a certificate upon completion of the training. Early adopters are being provided preferential consideration.
10 Years Of History
In 2010, Pavel Solin, UNR (University of Nevada, Reno) Mathematics Professor, started working with K-12 schools to help them prepare students in STEM. He understood that many K-12 schools lacked qualified STEM instructors and so built a platform that was hands-on practice-based and overlaid Karel programming on top of it as his first product.
- It taught students programming without the need for STEM-qualified teachers
- It was self-paced to allow students to progress at their own rate
- It included verified learning so teachers could see the progress of students
Schools and libraries across NV implemented it. Schools in other states and countries followed.
In 2017, NV State’s Economic Development Department surveyed companies to identify needed STEM job skills. Data Analytics stood out as a STEM career path needing attention. The State teamed up with TMCC (Truckee Meadows Community College) to get the training in place. NCLab was identified as the partner to deliver the training. NCLab developed a college level Data Analyst career training program and TMCC incorporated the training into its curriculum.
NCLab’s self-paced learn-by-doing platform has also become recognized as the place to go to solve industry-specific recruitment problems. Because NCLab training incorporates practical experience and verified learning as part of its training programs, it is uniquely qualified to help grow the available workforce for specific STEM careers.
As an example, streamlined training of dialysis technicians was identified as a serious problem, in part because dialysis equipment can now be installed in residences, assuming that qualified technicians are available to operate the equipment. Unfortunately, current training of dialysis technicians is lengthy, severely limiting the number of qualified technicians that can be trained.
A partnership of CSN (College of Southern Nevada), Nevada State Libraries, and a large international dialysis equipment manufacturer, a virtual reality provider, and NCLab was formed to attack the problem head-on, with NCLab providing deep learning of technical skills required to produce qualified dialysis technicians. It is projected that the new self-paced training will produce qualified dialysis technicians with only one week of classroom time, replacing the current 16 weeks of classroom training.