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CSN Classes Start Tuesday

Students still have time to register for the spring 2018 semester

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 12, 2018 – More than 30,000 college students will converge on the College of Southern Nevada’s three campuses this week as classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 16 for the spring 2018 semester.

CSN will have teams of people on each campus to help new students find where they need to go and connect them with whatever student services they may need. This Welcome Back Crew has become a semi-annual tradition at the college, the largest and most diverse higher education institution in Nevada.

“I am excited about the new year and the start of another semester,” said Margo Martin, CSN’s vice president of academic affairs. Members of the media are welcome on campus any time to talk to students about the new semester.

Students have until the end of the day on Jan. 22 to register for classes.

What:             First day of classes at CSN

When:             Tuesday, January 16

Where:            Campuses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson

Zavala Harris Charitable Fund Gives Landmark Gift to Support Future CSN Unmanned Aerial Systems Program

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 – The College of Southern Nevada Foundation is proud to announce the generous support of the Zavala Harris Charitable Fund to support the up-and-coming Unmanned Aerial Systems training program.

The combined gift includes $25,000 to support the new program, which is expected to start in fall 2018, pending approval from the college’s accrediting body. The charitable trust also provided three $10,000 scholarships for three of the program’s first students.

The Zavala Harris Charitable Fund supports education and technology programs that enrich U.S. communities and promote advancement. The Fund is particularly interested in backing tangible projects that have a true impact on communities, by developing a bridge of critical resources that can connect the right individuals with the right opportunities.

To obtain the scholarship, students must be residents of Nevada, an engineering technology major pursuing an emphasis in UAS design, attend full time (12 credits per semester), and write an essay about how unmanned technology will benefit the workforce and economy. The scholarship will cover each student’s full-time attendance as well as textbooks and other education related expenses.

“We are grateful for the Zavala Harris Charitable Fund’s support of this program which is so important to the advancement of the Nevada economy,” said CSN President Michael D. Richards. “Unmanned aerial systems will soon be intertwined into the majority of industries, including entertainment, telecommunications, utilities and more. I cannot think of a better way to help our region advance in this area than to invest in the program and help fund students’ education so that they do not have to work while engaged academically in this intensive program.”

Dr. Margo Martin Named Acting CSN President

The college’s vice president for academic affairs has extensive experience in higher education

Margo Martin

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 30, 2017 – The Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents today selected Dr. Margo Martin as the College of Southern Nevada’s acting president, to take effect Feb. 1, 2018, after President Michael Richards’ retirement.

Martin joined CSN as vice president for academic affairs in June 2017. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving Florida State College at Jacksonville in various positions, including associate provost and dean of academic engagement.

“I am grateful to the regents and the entire CSN community for putting their trust in me during this important transitional period,” Martin said. “We have a strong team at CSN, and I am looking forward to working with them as we continue the good work that has been initiated by retiring President Mike Richards. While the search for a permanent president will be the focus of CSN in the coming months, there is much work that must continue and important initiatives that need to be fulfilled.”

Richards came to CSN in 2005 as the vice president for academic affairs. He was named interim president in 2007, and president in 2008.

“I am confident that Dr. Martin will do an outstanding job as CSN’s acting president,” Richards said. “In her short time here, it has become apparent that she cares deeply about our faculty, staff and students, and that she has the knowledge, skills and background necessary to help make the transition as smooth as possible.”

Regents are expected to launch a national search with the hope of naming a new, permanent president in time for the start of the fall 2018 semester.

Spring 2018 Enrollment Opens at CSN

Students should get a head start for the best selection of classes, locations                                                                          

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 17, 2017 – It’s time to enroll for spring 2018 classes at CSN, the state’s largest and most affordable higher education institution. Classes start Jan. 16.

Enrollment opens Nov. 21 for new students. Current CSN student are enrolling now.

“We encourage students to choose their classes as early as possible to help ensure they get the sections they want at their chosen times and campuses,” said Margo Martin, CSN vice president for academic affairs. High-demand classes such as biology labs, oral communication and lower level math classes can fill up quickly.

CSN offers the choice of thousands of class sections, and more than 180 different degrees and certificates in over 70 academic programs. The college has something for almost everyone.

Those interested and not yet admitted can apply at More than two-thirds of CSN students receive financial aid, including grants, loans and scholarships, and the college encourages all who are eligible to apply for aid. More information can be found at

Nevada Officials, Students Celebrate Success & Popularity of Nevada Promise Scholarship

Thousands of applications show the need for the last-dollar scholarship program

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 15, 2017 – Dignitaries from across Nevada were joined by high school students Wednesday to celebrate the initial success of a much-heralded new scholarship program.

The Nevada Promise Scholarship pays all mandatory tuition and fees at a community college that are not covered by other forms of financial aid for those who are eligible. Mentoring and community service components of the program are designed to help guide the students through their academic and professional careers.

“This program is truly a game-changer for thousands of Nevada’s college students who may not have been able to afford a post-secondary education otherwise,” said CSN President Michael Richards.

In addition to CSN President Richards, Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, state Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, state Sen. Becky Harris, North Las Vegas City Councilman Scott Black, City of Las Vegas Director of Youth and Social Innovation Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler and representatives from Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office touted the scholarship during a celebration event at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas.

CSN received 9,157 applications for the scholarship, so many that it has created a greater-than-ever need for mentors. In addition to completing and documenting volunteer community service, scholarship recipients are provided with a mentor with whom they are required to meet during their schooling. The aim is to help keep students on track as they navigate their way through an unfamiliar world.

CSN is currently recruiting an estimated 1,500 mentors. For more information and to apply to become a mentor, visit