Article in Las Vegas Sun Highlights Campus Master Plan

College President’s Dream Coming True
Nevada State leader plans school, clinic
by Christina Littlefield
Nevada State College President Fred Maryanski has long harbored big dreams for the college’s 550 acres in Henderson.
And now, when he talks about his hopes for a K-8 school on the property or a medical clinic, he can show you exactly where they’ll go.
With a more detailed master plan in place for the property and the college’s liberal arts and sciences building under construction, Maryanski’s dreams are growing tangible.
The college, which opened on Sept. 3, 2002, with 176 students and 20 employees, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with 2,161 students, 219 faculty and staff and an $18.4 million budget.
And now Maryanski is laying the groundwork for the next 20 years, when the campus is expected to serve 25,000 students.
Funding for the K-8 school, to be run by the Clark County School District, is expected to be sought in a 2008 construction bond measure, and Maryanski is in talks with Henderson and private companies to develop a medical clinic alongside the renovated vitamin warehouse where Nevada State got its start. Both facilities will serve the community while providing a handy training ground for the college’s students, not quite half of whom are future teachers and nurses.
Maryanski envisions the grand entrance of the campus to mesh town and gown, with retail and food service mixed in with academic buildings and office space. Think academia-meets-The District.
Eventually, there will be faculty and student housing on the site.
College officials are debating whether to hire one developer or more to build the mixed-used facilities.
By leasing space for retail, food services and housing, the college will generate revenue and tax income to help fund the academic buildings. The college won approval from Nevada lawmakers this spring to redirect tax revenue in the area surrounding the college to help develop the property. College officials also formalized their development agreement with Henderson.
Nevada State College graduated its first 13 alumni in 2004, and has since graduated 453 more, including 117 in teaching and 271 in nursing. Accredited in 2006, Nevada State offers 36-degree programs, including a master’s degree in speech pathology and applied science degrees that build the technical degrees offered by the state’s community colleges.
Although based in Henderson, the college has partnerships with all four of the state’s community colleges to help their students earn bachelor’s degrees. The college offers bachelor’s degrees to students in Elko, Carson City and Reno as well as in Southern Nevada.
For more information on Nevada State College, call: 702.992.2000 or visit: nsc.edu.

Unique Teacher Training Program Shows Promise

Henderson, Nev. In January 2007, Nevada State College (NSC) and the Clark County School District (CCSD) partnered to create the Multilingual Individuals Training to Become Teachers (MITT) program.
The program, which targets professionals with four-year degrees from other countries and for whom English is a second language, provides intensive English immersion training coupled with teacher education coursework leading to a Nevada teaching license.
NSC and CCSD developed the program as a response to two major challenges Clark County currently faces within its K-12 education system: a chronic shortage of qualified, motivated teachers, and a critical demand for bilingual, bicultural teachers who can communicate with a large and growing number of English Language Learners, especially Spanish-speakers.
We have already started to observe the commitment and dedication to the MITT program among the first group, said Dr. Lori Navarrete, who serves as associate dean for NSC’s School of Education. The requirements are rigorous. They include daily, online English language development instruction as well as college coursework in language and literacy development and pedagogy. Teaching-related content is embedded in the curriculum. Through various activities students regularly share experiences about their own schooling in other countries. The dialog often expands to global issues in education, school reform, and equity in education. These future teachers will be able to connect with students in a unique way given their own experiences as culturally and linguistically diverse educators.
Since MITT’s inception, 23 participants have enrolled in the program forming the first cohort with degrees and achievements in a variety of fields, including business, accounting, K-12 and higher education, law, human resources, engineering and speech therapy. The future teachers came to Clark County from Argentina, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, Iran, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Romania and Vietnam. The participants are serving as NSC and CCSD’s pilot group for the program.
We want to ensure that the curriculum is effective for facilitating the development of English skills as well as providing new teachers the foundation they need to be successful in the classroom, Navarrete said. As MITT matures, we will incorporate lessons learned for future classes, sharpening its focus and increasing students’ opportunities for success.
Participants will complete licensure courses in an alternate route to licensure program in either K-5 Elementary/TESL, K-12 Special Education, 7-12 Secondary Math or 7-12 Secondary Science. The first cohort has until December this year to complete the language proficiency component of the program. Once completed, participants will be placed in a classroom with a mentor teacher and begin licensure coursework.
NSC and CCSD are working to serve these students and build a stronger education system for Southern Nevada through the MITT program, Navarette said. We’re already seeing great progress with the program so far, which is very encouraging as their education will have an overall positive impact on our entire community.
Nevada State College opened its doors to students in September 2002 after the Nevada Board of Regents and Nevada State Legislature determined the need for enhanced educational opportunities in Southern Nevada in 1997. The college currently enrolls 1,950 students.
NSC’s main campus is located on over 500 acres in the foothills of Henderson and provides progressive bachelors programs in several in-demand fields of study. Nevada State College offers a low student-to-professor ratio and competitive tuition rates.
For more information about the MITT program, contact Dr. Lori Navarrete, Associate Dean of the NSC, School of Education at 702-992-2519.

Nevada State College Prepares Multicultural Outreach Efforts for 2007-08

Henderson, Nev. As Nevada’s most culturally diverse higher education institution, Nevada State College’s (NSC) Multicultural Affairs Department takes its efforts seriously.
Established when the school opened nearly five years ago, the department continues to provide students and the public alike with programs and events that enhance the community by providing educational outlets that focus on diversity.
It’s only been recently that other higher education institutions placed more focus on embracing and educating the community on diversity, said Dr. Rene Cantu Jr., who serves as NSC’s vice president of multicultural affairs. In the past, it was typical to focus primarily on multicultural teachings as a means of counteracting problems created by the global melting pot effect all communities are experiencing, he said.
Higher education institutions are models for their community and serve as a hub for embracing diversity and multicultural education, Cantu said. Our world is increasingly inter-reliant. NSC recognized this when it opened its doors, and through the years we’ve provided programs to students and the community and have been able to position ourselves as a leader in academic success and a model that promotes good human relations.
Cantu added that studies over the past 25 years have shown multicultural relations on campuses increase student performance, student-student interactions, faculty-student interactions and expectations. It also reflects to the abilities, perception, values and attitudes among those in the campus communities and type of curricula offered.
Providing these programs and services to the community is critical to any institution’s success, Cantu said. It serves and reflects the diverse community of people who make up our campus and promotes our heritage.
NSC’s Multicultural Affairs Department uses a multi-faceted approach to promote heritage and address student priorities, curricular needs, hiring and staffing concerns as well as cultural climate issues.
The department offers assistance to the disability community through its Center for Learning Assistance and Support Services (CLASS), provides educational events and programs through its Heritage Center that celebrate the heritage and history on all minority groups, develops outreach services for K-12 students, promotes equal opportunity throughout the college, provides conflict resolution services for students, faculty and staff, and actively engages in partnerships with community organizations to improve access to college through its aggressive community outreach efforts.
Cantu said that although the college is continuing to add educational events to its 2007-08 calendar, it has already lined-up a number of free multicultural events that will pick up in September, when the fall semester begins, and run throughout the school year until spring 2008.
Upcoming events scheduled will include such things as discussions on immigration and Latino labor issues, a cultural nursing seminar, salsa lessons, Native American educational forums, a hip-hop history night, disabilities forum and religious perspectives panel discussion.
Nevada State College opened its doors to students in September 2002 after the Board of Regents and the Nevada Legislature determined the need for enhanced educational opportunities in Southern Nevada in 1997.
NSC offers progressive bachelor’s programs in several in-demand fields of study as well as a low student-to-professor ratio and competitive tuition rates.