We give people the knowledge, experience, competency, and confidence to get great jobs.
We team up with Education Organizations of all types, Employers, Workforce Development Initiatives, Libraries, and High Schools to make our self-paced learn-by-doing training programs available.
11 Years Of History
In 2010, Dr. Pavel Solin, UNR (University of Nevada, Reno) Professor of Computational and Applied Math, reached out to K-12 schools in rural Nevada to help them prepare students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). When visiting these schools, he noticed that most of them lacked qualified STEM instructors. Therefore he built a learn-by-doing training platform and overlaid introductory visual Computer Programming and 3D Modeling courses on top of the platform as his first products.
These courses worked differently than the usual video-based online courses (Khan Academy, Coursera, Lynda.com, ...) which Dr. Solin found to be ineffective. In contrast to that, NClab students actively engaged 100% of the time, learning through short tutorials and examples, and then immediately putting what they had learned to practical use, solving problems, and receiving instant feedback from the platform.
- Students learned at their own pace, actively, by doing rather than by watching videos, and the platform instantly checked their work and provided feedback and help as needed;
- Students had to demonstrate mastery of each concept before moving to the next one (we call this “verified learning”);
- The instructors’ dashboard was updated in real time with each student’s progress, so that they could be efficiently guided and supported.
In 2017, NCLab Data Analytics and Python Development career training programs were commissioned by the Nevada governor's office to address the staffing needs of employers in Nevada. The resulting programs are now offered at all Nevada community colleges, at the University of Nevada, Reno, and at a growing number of education organizations outside of Nevada.
In NCLab programs, short bite-sized lessons are followed by immediate self-assessment exercises, which ensure that trainees gain experience and confidence with each new concept before moving on. NCLab courses can only accomplish these tasks because they have taken thousands of hours to build and because they are presented through a powerful learn-by-doing platform. In contrast, lecture-based courses are typically built in a few dozen hours.
NCLab tutoring and coaching personnel oversee and assist trainees through their learning process, and when trainees complete their training, they have in hand an official certificate and a professional portfolio to demonstrate their qualifications to potential employers.
The STEM training programs are constantly being improved, based on the feedback provided by the trainees and NCLab partners. NCLab programs are exceptional in the sense that they are proven to work not only for college students who are still immersed in the learning process, but also for working adults who have been out of school for years.
Our surveys show conclusively that trainees love this way of learning. Success is assured for trainees willing to put in the effort to do the required work.