Our new world is displacing large numbers of workers but it is also creating large numbers of very rewarding new STEM jobs. We are aware that candidates can only get those jobs with Practical Experience and we envision a new world in which Practical Experience is incorporated into all career training.
Our mission at NCLab is to locate individuals with the right attributes to be successful in the STEM jobs created by our new world and provide them with the Knowledge, Practical Experience, Competency, and Confidence to fill those jobs.
We team up with colleges and employers to make our career training programs available, thereby helping to address employers’ recruiting needs while enhancing the colleges’ role in their communities.
10 Years Of History
In 2010, Dr. Pavel Solin, UNR (University of Nevada, Reno) 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 learn-by-doing training platform and overlaid Karel programming on top of the platform 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 Nevada implemented it. Schools in other states and countries followed.
In 2017, our Data Analytics and Python Development career training programs were commissioned by the State of Nevada to address the needs of employers in northern Nevada. After being assessed and validated, they became branded and offered by all of Nevada’s community colleges and by colleges outside of Nevada.
These Learn-By-Doing programs are unique in the way they provide trainees with the Practical Experience that they need to qualify for Data Analyst and Python Developer jobs. After all, well over 95% of all those job openings require Practical Experience.
We are not aware of any other Data Analyst or Python Developer career training program that incorporates Practical Experience in its training in the way that NCLab does.
In our programs, short bite-sized lessons are followed by immediate self-assessment exercises, which ensure that trainees gain confidence with each new concept before moving on. And of course, as trainees go through our interactive courses, subject-matter experts are always available to provide timely help, when needed. Our surveys show conclusively that trainees love this way of learning. Success is assured if trainees are willing to put in the effort to do the required work.
When trainees complete their training, they receive a college-based Career Certificate and have a professional portfolio to demonstrate their qualifications to potential employers.