February 4, 2021

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $6.9 Million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance to Establish Workforce Training Facility at College of Southern Nevada

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $6.9 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Nevada System of Higher Education, Las Vegas, Nevada, to support workforce education and training at the College of Southern Nevada. This EDA grant is expected to help create 300 jobs.

“EDA is pleased to support the College of Southern Nevada’s efforts to establish a new workforce training facility that will provide the local workforce with the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs,” said Dennis Alvord, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “The availability of increased educational opportunities will allow the regional economy to grow and become more resilient.”

“I’m delighted to see the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) receiving this grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA),” said Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. “CSN’s Westside Education and Training Center will help so many in Las Vegas find work in in-demand industries as the Silver State’s economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. From supporting workers getting their GEDs to assisting English learners in improving their skills, the Center will also provide comprehensive services to make sure workers have everything they need to start careers in industries like health care, construction, and information technology.”

“We put our economy at risk if we fail to properly invest in workforce development,” said Senator Jacky Rosen. “I applaud the EDA for making this important investment toward CSN’s new workforce training facility that will enhance the education and training experience of Nevada’s students. I will continue to support forward-thinking proposals that ensure our 21st century workforce is equipped with the tools they need to succeed.”

This project will fund the construction of a 10,000-square-foot workforce development center at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. The new building will house manufacturing, welding, computer and healthcare laboratories, as well as classrooms, office space, and other facilities designed to support education and training.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.