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NextEdge, NATE, and Clark County School District Team Up To Educate Las Vegas Teens On Careers In Wireless

Posted on: April 25, 2023 Category: NATE News

(Las Vegas, Nevada) – Clark County School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department, in partnership with NextEdge and NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association, is thrilled to announce a new program aimed at introducing Las Vegas teens and their families to exciting careers in wireless telecommunications.

The STEM Saturday event, part of the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 11am-1pm at the Galaxy Theatres in the Boulevard Mall, located at 3680 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169. The program will include a Q&A session with working professionals from Spectrum Services, a NextEdge company, and a showing of the documentary film “Vertical Freedom” by NATE.

“Vertical Freedom” is a feature-length documentary that showcases the lives of six communications infrastructure workers in the United States, highlighting their diverse backgrounds and compelling stories both on and off the job. The film provides an inside look at the lives of these professionals and the rewarding career opportunities available in wireless telecommunications.

NextEdge CEO, Chris Maguire, expressed his excitement for the program and the opportunity to connect with the Las Vegas community, stating, “Our people are our greatest strength – we build great infrastructure because we have a strong team. And, in return, wireless telecommunications can provide a terrific, lifelong career path. We are excited to share this with young men and women who may be the future of wireless.”

Todd Schlekeway, President & CEO of NATE, shared similar sentiments, stating, “We’re inspired every day by the work that communications tower technicians do in this country. By sharing ‘Vertical Freedom’ with the young people of Las Vegas, we hope to inspire the next generation of tower technicians to go to new heights.”

Snehal Bhakta, CTE Administrator for Clark County School District, explained the importance of introducing students to diverse STEM careers, stating, “When you think of STEM, most people think of the sciences, like engineering or even robotics. But, there are other STEM careers out there, and not all of them require advanced degrees or the need to sit behind a desk. We wanted to make students aware of these other options. This program with NATE and NextEdge will open opportunities in high demand, high wage careers they may not have considered.”

This program is an incredible opportunity for Las Vegas teens, families, and the local community to learn about exciting career opportunities in the wireless telecommunications industry. We encourage everyone to join us on April 29 from 11am-1pm at the Galaxy Theatres in the Boulevard Mall for this exciting event.


About Clark County School District:

Established in 1956, the Clark County School District (CCSD) is the number one choice for families and students. As the nation’s fifth-largest school district, we educate 305,000 students – offering a variety of nationally recognized programs, including Magnet Schools, Career and Technical Academies, and Advanced Placement programs. CCSD educates 64 percent of the students in Nevada and works closely with community partners and business leaders to educate students to compete in a global economy.

CONTACT: Snehal Bhakta, CTE Administrator, Clark County School District, [email protected]

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About NATE:  

NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to providing a unified voice for companies in the diverse tower and communications infrastructure construction, service and maintenance industries. Our mission is to create and adhere to safety standards across the industry, educate the public about industry standards and practices, and to provide a unified voice for tower and communications infrastructure construction, service, and maintenance companies.

CONTACT: Todd Schlekeway, President & CEO of NATE, [email protected]

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About NextEdge: 

NextEdge builds solutions for intelligent infrastructure, enabling connected communities everywhere. From wireless cell sites to EV charging stations to IoT sensors and beyond, our family of companies designs and delivers the necessary support for the technologies people use every day. The work is complex, but at NextEdge, our teams bring the right approach, experience, and mindset to offer the highest quality of work in the industry. Whether it’s establishing wireless coverage in rural communities or expanding EV charging across multiple regions, NextEdge can expertly deliver on a broad range of infrastructure needs. Spectrum Services is a NextEdge company, based in Las Vegas, NV and a proud NATE member.

CONTACT: Erica Moon, Chief Marketing Officer, [email protected]

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About Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival:

Started in 2011, the annual Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival has quickly become the largest educational event in Nevada. Through engaging and educational programming, the Festival strives to spark curiosity and highlight the amazing science, technology, engineering, and math taking place right here in our community. The Festival makes science fun, accessible, and engaging for everyone—kids, families, and adults. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter @scifest_vegas Instagram @scifest_vegas. Visit for more information.

Contact: Alexandra Liebman, Director, Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, [email protected]

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