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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 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.

AT&T Award to Help Low-Income High School Students Obtain College Credit through CSN Jumpstart Program

A new kind of scholarship for Southern Nevada high school students taking community college courses at their schools was unveiled today.
The College of Southern Nevada and the AT&T were at Las Vegas Academy this morning to showcase a first-of-its kind scholarship for low-income high school students enrolled in CSN Jumpstart concurrent-enrollment courses.

AT&T Director of External Affairs Sandra Douglass Morgan presents a check to CSN Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Margo Martin at Las Vegas Academy to support high school students taking CSN Jumpstart dual enrollment courses with LVA scholarship recipients and LVA Principal Scott Walker. Over 130 CCSD students will benefit from the scholarship and complete more than 470 college credits by the end of the semester.

The AT&T Aspire Foundation awarded $10,000 to CSN this summer to help 135 low-income high school students obtain college credit. The student recipients are taking a total of 476 college credits this semester through CSN’s Jumpstart program at their high schools.

“Recent education policy research has shown that students who take dual enrollment courses are more likely to graduate high school and complete college. In fact, Nevada lawmakers passed historic legislation this spring to help promote access to these types of courses statewide,” said AT&T Director of External Affairs Sandra Douglass Morgan, who presented the check to CSN officials at Las Vegas Academy. “AT&T recognizes the importance of CSN’s Jumpstart Program and the difference this opportunity can make in these students’ lives.”

Las Vegas Academy students, who received the CSN Jumpstart Scholarship and are taking courses for high school and college credit, talk with AT&T Director of External Affairs Sandra Douglass Morgan.

A half dozen Las Vegas Academy scholarship recipients took part in the check presentation today, along with their principal Scott Walker, where they expressed their support for the program. CSN Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Margo Martin officially accepted the check on behalf of CSN along with Associate Vice President James McCoy, Assistant Director of Jumpstart Nora Mirabal, External Affairs Director Michael Flores and CSN Foundation Executive Director Dr. K.C. Brekken.

The CSN Jumpstart Program, which began in 2007, works with high school instructors to provide college courses at the high school campus, allowing juniors and seniors to obtain high school and college credit. CCSD instructors with collegiate-level credentials are certified through the program to teach CSN curricula so high school students are receiving the same course they would at a CSN campus. A typical three-credit CSN Jumpstart class costs students’ families $69.50 to enroll.

“Although the price is far lower than a similar course at CSN, it is still a large obstacle for many low-income families,” said James McCoy, CSN associate vice president of academic affairs. “AT&T’s generous support has created an exciting opportunity to remove a significant barrier for many of our valley’s students.”

To award the scholarships, CSN worked with CCSD officials at the 22 high schools where CSN Jumpstart courses are offered. Officials urged students, who had to be high school juniors or seniors and eligible for free or reduced lunch programs, to apply. The scholarships were then awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to funding one course per applicant. The 135 recipients are take a variety of 3-, 4- or 5-credit courses in an array of subjects from English 101 to manufacturing.

About the CSN Foundation:
At the College of Southern Nevada Foundation, we help build a critical foundation for growth in Nevada – growth of amazing individuals, our college and our community as a whole. We do this by providing support for students, workforce programs and higher-learning facilities.

Dozens of Employers Expected at CSN Career Fair

The public is invited to showcase job skills to dozens of recruiters at the Sept. 13 event

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 6, 2017 – The College of Southern Nevada will host its Fall 2017 Career Fair, connecting students and other job seekers with local employers. The public event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 in the June Whitley Student Lounge on CSN’s North Las Vegas campus.

The open forum gives job applicants the opportunity to meet recruiters, learn about job openings and gather detailed employment information. Applicants should dress in interview attire, bring resumes and be prepared for immediate interviews.

“The Fall Career Fair is a great opportunity for students to connect with employers on the spot,” said Bradford Glover, director of Career Services & Reentry at CSN. “Many job seekers use it as a way to learn more about potential employers. Recruiters will also be on hand to provide detailed information about their organizations and the jobs available.”

The wide array of organizations planning to attend include: Allegiant Air, Ameriprise Financial, Apple, Boyd Gaming Corporation, the Clark County School District, FedEx Ground, Lowes, MGM Resorts International, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Station Casinos, Wolfgang Puck and many more.

For more information or to host an employer booth, contact CSN Career Services, 702-651-4700.

What: CSN Fall 2017 Career Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13

Where: June Whitley Student Lounge on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus

Regents Approve Plans for New CSN Student Unions

The new student gathering spaces on all three campuses are anticipated to open in 2019

An artist’s rendering of a proposed new student union at CSN

LAS VEGAS, March 2 – The Board of Regents today approved student-backed plans for student union buildings on all three CSN campuses.

Students have overwhelmingly supported adding central gathering spaces to the community college’s campuses. Most colleges and universities the size of CSN have student unions.

“CSN’s students are excited to add the final vote of approval and support for the student union buildings on all three main CSN campuses,” said CSN’s student body president, Jill Robinson. “After much hard work, student outreach and research, it is clear the students have a need for space to collaborate, uninterrupted study space, and healthier dining options. They desire meeting and event space, too, especially for clubs and the student government.”

The approval today by the Regents will increase student fees to pay for the construction and operation of the three facilities. The total cost is estimated to be nearly $80 million. The fees will include an $8 per-credit registration fee, effective this fall, a $3 per-credit fee for summer courses beginning in 2018, both for construction, and a $1 per-credit hour fee effective in the fall 2019, the anticipated completion date, for operation and maintenance.

“We will minimize the impact on students by using a single design for all three buildings,” said Sherri Payne, Senior Associate Vice President of Facilities Management. “This significantly cuts down on costs.”

“We have heard from student leaders for years about the need for student unions on our campuses, and we are delighted to finally be meeting that need,” said CSN President Michael Richards. “We know that students who feel more connected to their campuses are more likely to succeed, which is our goal in everything we do.”

CSN President Presents College Outlook & Plans to Restructure

New data related to the college’s role in regional economic development reveals CSN’s impact

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 23, 2017 – The College of Southern Nevada has a nearly $1 billion impact annually on the local business community, according to a new independently produced economic impact report.

CSN President Michael Richards presented the report and discussed the college’s outlook in a town hall meeting today.

“The College of Southern Nevada is as vital to the regional economy as it is to each student who attends,” Richards said. “Higher education impacts individual lives, and the cumulative effect touches nearly everyone in Southern Nevada.”

The economic report, produced by Economic Modeling Specialists International, discovered that CSN’s overall impact on the community amounted to $988 million in added income in fiscal year 2014-15, the year analyzed. The impact, nearly as large as the entire utilities industry, includes operations spending, student spending and the impact of alumni.

The report shows that for every dollar students invest in CSN in the form of out-of-pocket expenses and forgone time and money, they receive a cumulative of $2.10 in higher future earnings. This amounts to an average of $352,000 in extra earnings over a lifetime. Taxpayers also see a healthy return on their investment. For every dollar of public money invested in CSN, taxpayers receive a cumulative value of $3.10 over the course of the students’ working lives.

CSN, the state’s largest higher education institution, is the only college in Nevada to have three campuses in three separate, robust, dynamic urban cities and serve a large rural contingency as well. President Richards also provided information Monday on a plan to restructure the way CSN operates to better align with local workforce needs. Under the direction of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents, the plan – if funded – would restructure CSN from a multi-campus single unit college to a multi-campus district college.

“Most large community colleges our size evolve into a district so that each campus has more autonomy to better meet the needs of its local communities. What this will mean for CSN students is an enhanced level of service and a home-campus experience where they can get everything they need at one campus for their general education coursework,” Richards said.

In addition, the CSN President outlined student-driven plans for new student union buildings on each of its three campuses to be funded through student fees.

CSN President to Present College Outlook & Plans to Restructure

New data related to the college’s role in regional economic development to be provided

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 20, 2017 – The College of Southern Nevada welcomes members of the media to attend CSN President Michael Richards town hall to discuss the outlook for the college, Nevada’s largest higher education institution.

The event will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at the CSN Charleston Campus, Building K, Rm. 101 and will provide new data related to the college’s role in regional economic development. President Richards will also present efforts underway to restructure the three campuses to better serve CSN’s unique local communities.

“CSN is the only college in Nevada to have three campuses in three separate, robust, dynamic urban cities and serve a large rural contingency as well. We have to change the way we operate at CSN and better align with local needs to create the New Nevada workforce that will allow the entire state to thrive,” President Richards said.

What:             CSN President Michael Richards Town Hall

When:            10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Where:           CSN Charleston Campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Building K, Rm. 101

National Guard & Reserve Group to Honor CSN Police Chief

The Department’s support for our military goes ‘above and beyond’

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 12, 2017 – College of Southern Nevada Police Chief Darryl Caraballo will be honored on Friday for his department’s steadfast support of the U.S. military.  Chief Caraballo is also a veteran himself of the United States Marine Corps.

“They’re going above and beyond in making sure their service members get the support they need,” said Rex Miller, southern area chair of Nevada’s chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program. The group will honor the chief with its Patriot Award during a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday.

CSN’s Police Department currently has four members of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

The Department operates under a community policing philosophy, often becoming involved in community events such as Toys for Tots toy drives, attending meet and greet functions, and alerting the CSN community of important events in the neighborhood.

In addition to Caraballo, the CSN Police Department has 16 other sworn officers, which include four other veterans, and operates offices on each of the college’s three campuses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, the chief is responsible for supervising several dozen contract security officers. The department also enjoys numerous working relationships with other local law enforcement authorities.

First-Ever Mentoring Matters Summit Calls Attention to Nevada’s Need for More Mentors

Community groups, legislators and mentors come together to grow state’s mentoring capacity 

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2017 –  Community leaders are calling upon the Southern Nevada community to celebrate National Mentoring Month and attend Mentoring Matters, a first-ever summit designed to increase Nevada’s mentoring capacity and encourage more people to become mentors.

Scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, this event will bring state lawmakers, public agencies, nonprofits, mentors and mentees together to help them connect, share resources and discuss how to grow Nevada’s youth mentoring programs.

“There is no question that many of today’s young people would benefit greatly by having a mentor. The evidence is clear: Mentoring leads to higher graduation rates, healthier relationships and increased college enrollment,” said State Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson, who has authored legislation to create a Nevada Advisory Commission on Mentoring. “This important event highlights mentoring as an effective strategy to help Nevada’s youth succeed.”

CSN has its own mentoring program, Bump Up, which partners minority students with mentors from the college and the surrounding community. Early evidence shows that those who participate in the program are more likely to remain in college than those who do not.

The Mentoring Matters Summit, sponsored by CSN in collaboration with the Nevada Black Legislative Caucus and the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus, the Clark County School District and Communities in Schools will help connect various public and nonprofit programs throughout Southern Nevada with one another.

Both mentors and mentees will tell their stories of how mentoring can have a powerful impact.

What:             Mentoring Matters Summit

When:             8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14

Who:               The Nevada Black Legislative Caucus, the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus, the Clark County School District Partnership Office, Communities in Schools and CSN

Where:            CSN North Las Vegas Campus, June Whitley Student Lounge