We envision a world in which everyone who wants to grow career-wise can do so.
Our mission at NCLab is to locate individuals with the right attributes to be successful and to provide them with the Knowledge, Practical Experience, Competency, and Confidence to grow career-wise.
We team up with Colleges and Universities, Workforce Development Initiatives, and Employers to make our learn-by-doing career training programs available.
10 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 the 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 tasks, and receiving instant feedback from the platform. In summary:
- Students learned advanced STEM skills without the need for the instructors to be subject-matter experts;
- 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.
Schools and libraries across Nevada implemented NCLab’s STEM training. Schools in other states and countries followed.
In 2017, NCLab 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.
NCLab Learn-By-Doing career training 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 at NCLab 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 NCLab 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 provide individual supervision and 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.