20 recent graduates from the Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates (J4NG) program and other CCSD workforce readiness programs have accepted apprenticeships with Tesla’s Manufacturing Development Program (MDP). Students signed a conditional offer in a signing ceremony last Tuesday, organized by Tesla.
“I am so happy that I am able to be a part of something special and so excited to see where this opportunity takes me,” said recent CCSD graduate, Eddie, from Valley High School.
CCSD students from participating organizations such as J4NG, Career and Technical Education (CTE) and robotics programs, have received conditional offers with Tesla and are set to begin the apprenticeship this August at the Gigafactory, located in Reno. Youth have the unique opportunity to start a career with Tesla while receiving an industry recognized certification in automation and robotics from Truckee Meadow Community College (TMCC).
“J4NG has partnered with Tesla since 2017, making this the sixth cohort of J4NG students to go through the Manufacturing Development Program, and since then, we’ve seen dozens of former students move into highly skilled and full-time careers as a result of the apprenticeship,” said Dr. Rene Cantu, Executive Director of J4NG. “This program is a pathway for students to get a college degree while earning valuable work experience, and the potential to enter a career upon completion.”
Not only does J4NG help connect students to the MDP through this partnership with Tesla, they also assist students throughout the relocation process including with funding to cover first month’s rent, deposits, clothing needs, textbooks and other necessities.
About Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates
Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates (J4NG), is a statewide nonprofit, part of the national organization, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). J4NG empowers positive futures for Nevada’s youth by working with students to achieve graduation and find career pathways. J4NG helps Nevada students reach their potential using in-depth mentoring, instruction, data-driven strategies and long-term support. 60 schools across Nevada offer JAG programs through J4NG, serving more than 3,300 students. J4NG students receive over 130+ hours of career readiness instruction, guidance and support through graduation and for 12 – 24 months after graduation.