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Blog:Building Bridges - Tesla Gigafactory 1, STEM and Northern Nevada

Manny Becerra as a child

February 2017

While we've been laser-focused on building "The Machine that Builds the Machine" in the Great Basin Desert (East of Sparks and Reno, Nevada), we've also been cultivating workforce development and outreach relationships with higher education and vocational institutions, STE(A)M organizations and leaders in the surrounding communities—both urban and rural.

Miniature model of the Tesla Gigafactory 1
Guest students at Tesla Gigafactory 1

One of the main intentions driving our efforts is to fulfill our educational and workforce commitment(s) to Nevada's diverse communities in parallel with Tesla's vision. We're taking a strategic, interdependent and collaborative approach in frontloading some of the needed preparation for getting individuals in the Nevada communities well-prepared for career pathways in STEM, including incredible opportunities at Tesla Gigafactory 1 and, in general, for careers of the future.

Looking outside toward construction work from within the Tesla Gigafactory 1
Students looking at a Tesla Model S P90D during a STEM fair in Nevada
Signage for an Advanced Manufacturing Lab in Reno/Sparks Nevada

I can't share much more at this time, however, I can share that on a personal level this opportunity has been another rewarding experience for me to be a part of at Tesla; it digs further into my educational and community background and passion, while leveraging my experience at Tesla in product, software engineering and operational leadership.

Toward the blue desert sky at Tesla Gigafactory 1
Wild horses outside of Tesla Gigafactory 1

This educational and workforce development outreach work is bound to be beneficial not just for Tesla, but the wide array of talented and diverse people of Nevada.



I am human, a father, and a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and intentions also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, life-long learning, outdoor advocacy, community building, and uplifting others. Learn more about Manny