The BRE&W team visited 20 companies in November and assisted 9 of them. The majority (17) reported growth in the coming year. Other community meetings included High Sierra Industries, which provides workforce solutions for light manufacturing and assembly, grounds maintenance and landscaping, and harness and wiring applications. Tapping into the workforce at HSI is one way that businesses throughout northern Nevada can access a reliable source of workers that deliver quality results, and can also help provide opportunities and independence to those with disabilities.

The Washoe County School District has over 100 current openings and shared their employment opportunities in the November Workforce Consortium meeting. Additionally, JobConnect highlighted In-Demand Jobs including Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, Engineers, Manufacturing Production Workers, and Warehouse, Logistics, and Material Mover positions. For job descriptions and instructions on how to apply, individuals can visit

Graduate from High School Career Ready! What’s a great fast track to a job and career for high school students that aren’t planning to go on to pursue a four year degree? TMCC’s Technical Pathway is a dual-credit system which allows students to add technical coursework to their curriculum and graduate with a high school diploma and a college certificate of achievement at the same time. The Technical Pathway program will begin in Fall 2016. WCSD students can apply through the TMCC High School. For more information, contact TMCC High School at 775.674.7660 or 775.673.7087.

Why should parents encourage careers in Manufacturing? Wages, Benefits, Recession Proof career? Check out the attached link here.

Biggest Little Employee Tip: With the increased competition to target your employees, a well-designed and executed employee focus group approach can garner greater support and loyalty with your employees. Cindy Davis, SPHR, SHRM-CP from Strategic HR Partners shares in her article, “Employee Focus Groups: A Critical Tool for your Employee Retention Toolbox”, how to use productive focus groups to yield reliable data that can serve as a basis for decision-making.

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