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Tesla to Invest $37.5 Million in Nevada's K-12 Education System

Tesla is known for electric cars that go from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. But many outside of Nevada may not know that the company is opening a new facility in Reno and heavily investing in the state’s K-12 education system.

“To plant seeds for the future, Tesla is investing $37.5 million in the state's K–12 education system while Nevada moand investingves forward with education reforms, reports Bloomberg,” according to D. Frank Smith of Ed Tech Magazine.

"Local colleges don’t graduate enough students with the technical skills to fill the gigafactory’s expected 6,500 permanent positions," the Bloomberg article notes.

"A 2014 Brookings report urged the state to boost the number of Nevadans who possess at least some post-secondary training in ‘STEM’ – science, technology, engineering and math."

The company appears to be aware of the lack of students who graduate with necessary technical skills to enter the market of STEM geared jobs. Early support with the large investment is looking to change that by fostering a better connection between students and STEM learning, in hopes to increase their interest in future careers in STEM.

With their new $5 billion “gigafactory,” being built in Reno, the company plans to open up around 6,500 jobs in the region, jobs which Nevada students can take advantage of in the future granted they have the proper early training in the STEM fields.

 

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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