Vegas PBS Wins Development Award for Workforce Training Initiative
(Las Vegas) – Vegas PBS was honored with a national PBS Development Award in the “Special Achievement” category for its workforce training program in July at the Public Media Development & Marketing Conference in Washington, D.C.
Created in 2010 to respond to the recession, the Vegas PBS workforce initiative delivers high-quality job training and education to Nevadans while assisting the state in its economic diversification efforts. Supported by community partners, grant funds and tuition fees, the program has grown to provide more than 5,000 online personal enrichment, continuing education and professional development courses as well as 330 career certifications for in-demand occupations. Starting initially with about 800 enrollments, registration has skyrocketed to include more than 125,000 unduplicated students annually, touching about one-fourth of the Las Vegas population since inception.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts in answering the community’s workforce needs by providing an affordable, accessible and comprehensive job training program,” said Tom Axtell, general manager of Vegas PBS. “As we continue to offer educational opportunities for Nevadans to succeed in their careers, we also aim to provide local businesses with highly trained workers. We thank our community partners and donors for their support in making this successful program possible.”
The PBS Development award for “Special Achievement” recognizes stations that generate net revenue through innovative ideas that are variations or expansions on current capital campaign, membership, major giving, auction, special fundraising events and/or corporate fundraising efforts or which create new streams of revenue that could be replicated by other stations. PBS seeks to honor stations that express innovative qualities in building relationships with supporters, using new media and utilizing external partnerships or internal cross-departmental team activity that results in new net revenues and/or strengthened positioning of your station.
For more information about the Vegas PBS workforce training initiative, please visit VegasPBS.org/Workforce.
About Vegas PBS
Dedicated to enriching the lives of those who call Southern Nevada home, Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most watched PBS stations on a per capita basis. Five additional channels are available over the air or on cable and satellite including Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot!
Vegas PBS expands its television broadcast impact through supplemental materials on Vegas PBS.org, PBS.org, PBSKids.org, PBSParents.org, PBSTeachers.org and NextAvenue.org. Vegas PBS also offers extensive online distance education for workforce training and economic development through Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL).
Vegas PBS provides K-12 educational resources to teachers and students in public, private, charter and home schools including professional development courses; One Place, a curriculum-correlated online media service; the Described and Captioned Media Center (DCMC) containing materials for deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision impaired individuals and those who assist them; and Ready To Learn literacy and health community workshops based on curriculum materials in daytime children’s programs.