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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 www.csn.edu/apply. 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 www.csn.edu/financial-aid.

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 www.csn.edu/mentor-application.

CSN, CCSD to Celebrate Success & Popularity of Nevada Promise Scholarship

In addition to financial benefits, recipients of the Nevada Promise scholarship also receive valuable mentoring and community service experience 

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 8, 2017 – Thanks to a new state-funded scholarship, this year’s high school seniors could attend college next year without paying any tuition or fees, while also benefiting from unique community service and mentoring experiences.

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 are designed to help guide the students through their academic and professional careers.

“We know that students who benefit from having a mentor while in college are more likely to stay and earn their degrees,” said CSN President Michael Richards. “Likewise, those who volunteer in their communities are more likely to stay in those communities. The Nevada Promise Scholarship program will not only help the next generation of college students obtain a valuable education, it will also help make our community a better place to live.”

In addition to CSN President Richards, Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, state Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, state Sen. Tick Segerblom, state Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson, North Las Vegas City Councilman Scott Black, Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates Executive Director Rene Cantu and City of Las Vegas Director of Youth and Social Innovation Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler are scheduled to attend and help celebrate the initial success of the program at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 on the campus of Cheyenne High School.

In all, CSN received 9,157 applications for the scholarship from 105 high schools across Nevada. The response has been so positive 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.

For more information and to apply to become a mentor, visit www.csn.edu/mentor-application.

What:             Nevada Promise Scholarship Event

When:             10 a.m. Nov. 15

Where:            Cheyenne High School, 3200 West Alexander Road, North Las Vegas

Who:               CSN, CCSD and elected officials

Thousands Apply for Much-Heralded College Scholarship Program

CSN kicks off recruiting & training campaign to help meet a greater-than-ever need for mentors

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 1, 2017 – The Nevada Promise Scholarship is a hit with southern Nevada’s high school seniors. Now it’s time for community members to come together and help the students through college by becoming mentors.

CSN received 9,157 applications from Nevada high school students for the scholarship, a new, state-funded program that will pay all mandatory tuition and fees for those who qualify once other forms of financial aid are exhausted. Students who receive the scholarship must meet several requirements, including performing community service and meeting with a mentor. In all, students from 105 high schools across the state applied.

“We are thrilled that so many of today’s high school seniors are prepared to become tomorrow’s CSN students,” said CSN President Michael Richards. “The Nevada Promise scholarship program is a game-changer for Nevada’s students. Not only is a college education now more affordable than ever for the state’s underrepresented students, we know that the mentoring component, in particular, will help successfully guide them through their academic and professional careers. What we need now are members of our community to step up and help mentor these students.”

College officials estimate more than 1,500 mentors will be needed by Dec. 31 for the thousands of students who are expected to receive the scholarship. The college will kick off a new mentor recruiting campaign with two events this week and several more throughout November and December.

At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, CSN President Michael Richards, Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly, and other higher education officials will encourage the business community to help recruit mentors at a CSN Foundation-sponsored community engagement summit. The event – the CSN 2021 Challenge – will take place at the Springs Preserve in the Upper Level Conference Rooms, Desert Living Center.

Then at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, CSN will host its first in-person mentor training session in the Horn Theatre on the college’s North Las Vegas Campus. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor is invited to attend. Those who wish to complete the mentor application before attending the event may visit www.csn.edu/mentor-application.

CSN to Celebrate Successful Job Training Program

Local Salvation Army clients learn cooking skills from the college’s Culinary Program

CSN Chef John Metcalfe

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 26, 2017 – Every semester for the last 20 years, chefs from the College of Southern Nevada’s nationally renowned culinary program have trained a handful of local Salvation Army clients in the art of cooking and preparing food, getting them ready for jobs in the fast-paced restaurant environment.

On Wednesday, the latest group of students who have completed the program will celebrate their accomplishment at a graduation ceremony, to be held at Russell’s Restaurant on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus. Members of the local media are invited.

“This is just something we do to help make our community a better place to live,” said Chef John Metcalfe, who helped found the small program in 1997. “Once they’ve completed the program, most of the students are able to get jobs using the skills they’ve learned here.”

Fifteen students go through the program each semester. Learning real-world jobs skills can help them move past the hardships that led many of them to endure difficult times.

Several are expected to share their stories at the graduation ceremony.

What:             Ceremony for students studying culinary arts

When:             5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1

Where:            Russell’s Restaurant on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus

Deadline Approaching for Innovative Nevada Promise Scholarship

The new program pays all tuition and mandatory fees once other forms of aid are applied

LAS VEGAS, Oct 23, 2017 – This year’s high school seniors are strongly encouraged to apply for the new Nevada Promise Scholarship as soon as possible. The deadline to apply is next week, Oct. 31.

The scholarship, passed by the Nevada Legislature this year, mirrors similar programs around the nation. It will pay all mandatory tuition and fees for up to three years at any Nevada community college minus any federal or state financial aid. This year’s high school seniors are the first class eligible for the new program. If they do not apply by the deadline, they lose eligibility to receive the scholarship going forward.

In addition to the financial benefits, students in the program are also assigned a mentor who can help guide them through college. There will be a mentor sign up and training session at 10 a.m. on Nov. 4 at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on the North Las Vegas Campus for those interested in becoming a mentor.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • apply by Oct. 31, 2017
  • enroll in and maintain a minimum of 12 college credit hours per semester at a Nevada community college starting the fall semester after completion of high school
  • obtain a high school diploma or equivalent between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018
  • be less than 20 years of age and classified as a Nevada resident for tuition purposes
  • not have earned a prior associate or bachelor’s degree
  • complete a federal financial aid application
  • not be in default on any federal student loan or owe a refund to any federal student aid program
  • complete at least 20 hours of community service each year
  • Work with a mentor during the program
  • and complete two separate college trainings prior to enrollment

Students should visit www.csn.edu/promise for all the details and to apply for the scholarship.

Nevada Grow Small Business Project Successes Celebrated

The state initiative partners CSN and the business community to help small businesses grow

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 19, 2017 – Assemblywoman Dina Neal, the College of Southern Nevada and business owners will celebrate the success of the Nevada Grow small business program on Wednesday, Oct. 25 on the college’s North Las Vegas Campus.

Nevada Grow helps local small businesses team up with industry experts to create stronger economic ecosystems through the strategic use of customized data and research.

“Nevada Grow is a critical component in our efforts to expand economic growth in Nevada,” said Neal, principal author of the program’s legislation. “We know this program helps stimulate investment in Nevada’s economy by providing technical expertise to growing businesses that may otherwise not have access to those resources.”

The program has created a unique partnership between the small businesses and CSN, as well as the Clark County Business Department, the Urban Chamber of Commerce, the Latin Chamber of Commerce and Nevada’s Small Business Development Centers in Clark and Washoe counties.

It began as a 17-month pilot program in 2015 and was renewed as a permanent program this year.

Kevin Raiford, a CSN business professor who founded and runs the college’s thriving Business Incubator program, is one of several counselors available to mentor the business owners. Businesses can receive help in areas ranging from search engine optimization to an analysis of current business strategies. Several dozen small businesses have already benefited from the program.

Join Assemblywoman Neal, small business owners and officials from CSN and the business world at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 in the Paul Laxalt Education Center on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus.