Community colleges failing to meet workforce needs
CARSON CITY, Nev., Oct. 7, 2020—The leadership council for NFIB Nevada, the state’s largest and leading small-business association, has thrown its support behind passage of Question 1 on the November ballot, it announced today.
“Many small businesses look to our community colleges to help develop a local, skilled workforce. For too long our university regents have ignored the important role our community colleges play in building a stronger community,” said Randi Thompson, Nevada state director for NFIB.
“NFIB is supporting Question 1 because we believe it will bring accountability, transparency, and oversight to the University System’s Board of Regents and will help ensure that taxpayer dollars benefit students, educators, and taxpayers,” said Thompson.
In the August release of NFIB’s quadrennial Small Business Problems & Priorities report, ‘locating qualified employees’ was ranked second out of 75 issues of concern to Main Street entrepreneurs—an eight-place rise from its 2016 rank. ‘Competition from large businesses’ also saw a spike in ranking, moving from 31st as a concern in the 2016 report to 21st in the 2020 report.
“It’s great that Tesla could work with Truckee Meadows Community College to develop a training program for their workforce, but our community colleges need more funding and flexibility to work with all local businesses to meet the changing demands of our diversifying economy,” said Thompson. “The board of regents has treated community colleges like the ugly step-sister, and that is hurting students who want to build a life and a career in their hometown.
“Nevada is the only state in the nation where a single elected board governs all universities, colleges, and community colleges. Other states long ago modernized their governance of higher education to reflect the differing missions of their community colleges and universities and the evolving needs of their states.
“A state like Virginia, with more than five times as many colleges and universities as Nevada, manages its higher education system with fewer than 60 employees. In Nevada, there are more than 200 system-level employees for just eight higher education institutions.
“It’s time for change – Nevada students deserve better.”
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