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How to Pick Your College: CSN Will Host New Student Information Sessions

Potential students are invited to attend one of the monthly gatherings

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 22, 2017 – Deciding where to go to college can be a life-changing choice, so CSN’s Department of Recruitment and College Connections is doing its part to make that decision a little bit easier.

Each month during the current semester, CSN will host Student Information Sessions, which are designed to help prospective students decide whether Nevada’s largest higher education institution is the right fit for them.

We’ll cover topics including financial aid, the programs, degrees and certificates available at CSN, what makes CSN different from other schools, how to get started here and more.

Students will have a chance to explore the campus and meet the staff that will help them navigate the enrollment process. For more information, visit

What:                         CSN information sessions for prospective students

When & Where:

  • 3-5 p.m. October 6 on the Charleston Campus, B-104
  • 3-5 p.m. November 7 on the North Las Vegas Campus, A-1772, includes tour
  • 3-5 p.m. December 1 on the Henderson Campus, C-133

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

New, first-of-its-kind scholarship will allow 135 low-income students to take 476 college credits this fall at their high school for free.  

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 11, 2017 – The College of Southern Nevada and the AT&T Aspire Foundation have partnered to provide a scholarship for low-income high school students enrolled in CSN Jumpstart concurrent-enrollment courses.

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

Community leaders and media are invited to learn more about this unique program and why more like it are needed in Nevada at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at Las Vegas Academy. AT&T will present the award to the CSN Foundation and will discuss the significance of this donation with student recipients.

“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. “AT&T recognizes the importance of CSN’s Jumpstart Program and the difference this opportunity can make in these students’ lives.”

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.

What: AT&T Check Presentation and learn more about this first-ever scholarship for concurrent enrollment high school students to obtain college credit

Where: Las Vegas Academy, 315 S. 7th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

When: Thursday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m.

College of Southern Nevada President Michael D. Richards Announces Retirement

Richards, CSN president since 2007, to stay on through January 2018 

CSN President Dr. Michael Richards

LAS VEGAS, August, 30, 2017 – College of Southern Nevada President Michael D. Richards has announced his plans to retire effective January 31, 2018.

“It has been my great honor to serve as president of CSN,” Richards said. “I have been fortunate to have a dedicated faculty and staff — a team of colleagues, dedicated to student success. They have been unwavering in their support throughout my term. The support from the community and the state is also one of CSN’s biggest strengths, and the strong partnership benefits students and all of southern Nevada. I’ll always be cheering for CSN, which has an uncommonly bright future.”

Richards was named president of CSN in 2007. Prior to being named president, he served as vice president for academic affairs at the college.

“There is rarely a good time to step down, but CSN is in a strong position now,” said Richards. “The recession challenged all our efforts, but the college has emerged with a renewed commitment to student success, a new strategic plan, and prospects for new facilities on its three campuses. We’re well positioned to better serve students and our communities.”

Presidential vacancies are filled under the direction of the Board of Regents. CSN faculty, staff, and students as well as community representatives are likely to be part of the process to search for a new president.

High School Seniors Encouraged to Apply for Nevada Promise Scholarship

Nevada Promise, passed by this year’s State Legislature, includes mentoring, community service aspects

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 28, 2017 – The College of Southern Nevada is urging this year’s high school seniors to apply for a Nevada Promise Scholarship. It could mean an entirely tuition-free college degree.

“I am excited that CSN will be participating in this significant new program,” said CSN President Michael Richards. “It is now more vital than ever that Nevada’s students receive a quality higher education. Nevada Promise will make that happen.”

Students must apply no later than Oct. 31, 2017.

Nevada Promise is a state-funded program that will pay all tuition and mandatory fees that are not covered by other forms of financial aid for those who are eligible. This last-dollar scholarship is new to Nevada, passed this year by the State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The program is modeled after one in Tennessee that has been credited with increasing that state’s college attendance rate.

In addition to the financial benefits, students in the program are also assigned a mentor who can help guide them through college.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • apply by Oct. 31, 2017
  • enroll in and maintain a minimum of 12 college credit hours per semester
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • be 20 years of age or younger at high school graduation
  • be a Nevada resident
  • and complete at least 20 hours of community service
  • For more information and to apply, visit

CSN Welcomes Students Back for Fall Semester

Events throughout the first week of classes will help students connect

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 23, 2017 – The College of Southern Nevada is ready for tens of thousands of students to hit our campuses next week with a Welcome Back Crew and all the information they’ll need to navigate the start of a new semester.

Classes start Monday, Aug. 28, and we’ll deploy faculty and staff all over our three campuses to help new students get where they’re going. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll be holding our traditional CSN Connections events, which include free barbecue, games, information booths on everything from tutoring to student clubs, and an informal way for students to connect with the faculty and staff at the state’s largest higher education institution.

Students can still sign up for classes through next week.

What: CSN Connections

When: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Where: The Henderson Campus on Tuesday, the North Las Vegas Campus on Wednesday, and the Charleston Campus on Thursday

CSN Planetarium to Host Solar Eclipse Event

Telescopes and eclipse glasses will be available at the free, public event

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 14, 2017 – Join expert astronomers from the College of Southern Nevada’s Planetarium to experience the celestial event of the century.

From 9 a.m. to noon on August 21, the Planetarium will host an event featuring telescopes, educational displays, live streams of the solar eclipse, and more. Free eclipse viewing glasses will also be available.

Las Vegas will experience a 72 percent partial solar eclipse beginning at 9:09 a.m. that day, lasting until 11:52 a.m. It will be the first time in 99 years that a solar eclipse crossed the entire continental United States.

What:             Solar Eclipse Viewing

When:             9 a.m. to noon Monday, August 21

Who:               Expert astronomers from the CSN Planetarium

Where:            The CSN Planetarium on the North Las Vegas Campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Ave.

CSN Business Start-Up Garners Attention

Local small business Revive Brand makes backpacks, bags and accessories

LAS VEGAS, July 19, 2017 – A local small business that was born as part of the College of Southern Nevada’s Business Incubator Program will be featured on ABC’s “Funderdome” with Steve Harvey at 9 p.m. Sunday. There will be a watch party at the college to celebrate.

Revive Brand, which makes and sells backpacks, hats and other “streetwear,” is one of more than 40 local startup business with roots in the program.

“It has been incredible to be a part of helping an idea become a successful reality,” said CSN Business Professor Kevin Raiford, who started and runs the incubator program. “I couldn’t be prouder than I am of this group of people.”

Raiford is also the program manager of Nevada Grow, a state-funded program designed to benefit local small businesses, which includes Revive. The program is a partnership between CSN, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Nevada Small Business Development Center and other local interest groups.

What:             Watch Party for ABC’s “Funderdome” with Steve Harvey

When:             Reception begin at 7 p.m.; the show airs at 9 p.m.

Who:               CSN students, faculty and staff, CSN Business Advisory Board members and officials who support Nevada Grow

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

CSN Students Win Record Fourteen Emmy Awards

Short films produced by the community college’s students topped the regional competition

LAS VEGAS, June 27, 2017 – College of Southern Nevada students won fourteen Emmy Awards this week, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter announced.

“This is a great testament to the students’ hard work and the tremendous job done by their instructors,” said Michael Spangler, dean of the School of Advanced and Applied Technologies. “It may be time for a new trophy case.”

CSN students were nominated for 26 Emmys this year. The fourteen wins were the most CSN has ever won and the most by any college in the competition. In all, CSN student filmmakers have taken home 26 student Emmys and have been nominated 42 times in the last three years.

“This is an incredible accomplishment by our students,” said John C. Aliano, director of CSN’s Videography and Film program. “Competing against two- and four-year public and private institutions and being named one of the best shows how hard the students work.”

CSN students are required in many film and videography classes to produce a short film. The program puts a heavy emphasis on practical production skills, focusing on getting graduates into the industry. Six years ago, Aliano created the CSN Short Film Showcase, held each fall to show off the films to the public. The CSN Sixth Annual Short Film Showcase is scheduled for 6:30pm Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in the Horn Theater on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus.  The event is free and open to the public.

For more on the Student Production Emmy Awards, and to see a full list of winners, visit

CSN Business Start-Up Business Competition Finalist

Revive Brand Co. manufactures and sells backpacks and other streetwear

One of several gamebags available from Revive.

LAS VEGAS, June 7, 2017 – A local start-up business that has its roots in CSN’s business incubator program is a finalist in the 2017 Southern Nevada Business Plan Competition.

Revive Brand, which makes and sells backpacks, hats and other “streetwear,” is one of five finalists in the competition, which is jointly run by the UNLV Center for Entrepreneurship and the Las Vegas Business Press.

“This team deserves all the success it has seen so far,” said CSN Business Professor Kevin Raiford, who helped mentor the business. “It’s been an incredible journey for them, going from an idea to a prize-winning reality.”

Several years ago, Raiford started the business incubator program at the college to help students start their own businesses. So far, Revive Brand is one of 41 local start-up businesses that the program has helped students develop, with support from the CSN Foundation.

The winner will be announced at an awards gala at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Foundations Building on UNLV’s campus. The prize package this year stands at almost $50,000.

For more, visit