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UNLV takes tech to class

Written By:

Caitlin McGarry

The Nevada Legislature last summer signed into law Assembly Bill 449, which mandated more aggressive economic diversification efforts and commissioned a Brookings Institution report on which areas those efforts should be directed.

Not surprisingly, the Brookings Mountain West division and its Metropolitan Policy Program pinpointed education as one of Nevada's weaknesses. To boost economic development in areas like information technology, Brookings recommended university and industry collaboration, particularly in areas like research and work force development.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas President Neal Smatresk said the university is stepping up its efforts to produce graduates in high-demand areas like engineering and technology. Smatresk met with state officials, chief information officers at some of the state's largest companies and other tech executives to figure out how UNLV can partner with industry.


Las Vegas Business Press