Center of Excellence Will Shape Future of Advanced Manufacturing Training in Greater Vegas

The Debra March Center of Excellence is ready to educate the next generation of advanced manufacturing students.

The City of Henderson and College of Southern Nevada (CSN) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony this week for the 20,000 square foot center, which will provide advanced manufacturing training to college students and local manufacturing employees.

“I’ve been waiting for this day for five years,” said Dr. Federico Zaragoza, President of the College of Southern Nevada. “The kinds of companies coming to Southern Nevada are world class manufacturing companies and that’s the kind of students we want to produce.”

The City of Henderson provided funding for the $12 million-dollar center, while CSN will manage the day-to-day operations of the training center and provide the equipment and supplies needed for its programs.

“Economic vitality is a priority for Henderson,” said Henderson Mayor Michelle Romero. “Our future depends on the success of our business community. Ensuring there is a skilled workforce is critical as we attract key industries such as manufacturing. Companies need assurances that the region can provide a trained workforce.”

The CSN curriculum will include nationally recognized industry credentials in manufacturing production and automation areas such as robotics, CNC machining, mechatronics, and industrial automation. The center will serve employers, students, job seekers, and incumbent workers.

“The importance of workforce development programs can’t be overstated,” said Byron Brooks, Chair of the Nevada Board of Regents. “These programs offer a lifeline to individuals aspiring to stay relevant and competitive in the job market. We’re investing in the future of our students, our economy, and our society.”

Officials note the center will be industry driven, with curriculum that can be customized by local employers. The result of aligning education with industry is a center that will help fulfill the region’s need for high-skilled advanced manufacturing employees.

“This is more than just a building with beautiful lab spaces,” said Zaragoza. “The Center of Excellence is a collaborative community effort. It’s the community’s center and will produce the community’s workforce.”

The multi-use development is in the rapidly growing West Henderson neighborhood and will also include offices for the city’s Economic Development Department and a public art gallery.

“It’s truly an honor for me to have my name on this building,” said former Henderson Mayor Debra March. “I’m excited to see all the wonderful things that will happen in this building. It’s an example of how we’re changing lives.”



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