NSC expands to offer Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Release | Media Contact: Mandi Enger

HENDERSON, Nev. Expanding to meet demand of both the local and national job market, Nevada State College (NSC) has announced the addition of a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice program. The college received approval to add the degree to its roster of over 24 majors and minors by the Board of Regents during a meeting held in early September.
Our vision at Nevada State College is to align our degree offerings with the needs of the state as well as student interest, said NSC Provost and Executive Vice President Erika Beck, Ph.D. With the addition of the Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice program, NSC looks forward to preparing career-ready and technology-focused graduates in this high-demand field.
Students will be able to declare a criminal justice major beginning with the spring 2014 semester. The college estimates that 40 new students will begin the program in its first year; a number of classes required for the program are currently being offered with growing interest.
Our department of social science is already receiving inquiries from students and prospective students that are interested in registering for coursework within the new program, said Gwen Sharp, Ph.D., social science and business administration department chair. We’ve put together a unique program that we believe will open up tremendous opportunity for our students.
Developed by Assistant Professors Lance Hignite, Ph.D. and Nicholas Natividad, Ph.D., the program curriculum will provide students with a solid foundation of knowledge of the criminal justice system with an emphasis on social justice and global perspectives on crime and criminal justice.
Graduates will be prepared for employment opportunities in areas such as adult and juvenile probation and parole and public and private correctional facilities at the local, state, and federal levels. The social justice emphasis in the program will also help prepare students for careers at social service agencies, non-profit organizations, and treatment facilities.
Criminal justice graduates have a traditionally high rate of employment, added Sharp. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, private detectives, probation officers, correctional treatment specialists, and legal assistants are estimated to be some of the fastest-growing professions in the nation over the next decade. A degree in criminal justice can prepare students for employment in each of these areas.
Program graduates will additionally be equipped to enter law school or graduate programs.
Criminal justice is the first major to be added at the college since 2008. Students interested in the criminal justice program are encouraged to contact the Office of Recruitment by calling 702-992-2170 or by visiting http://archive.nsc.edu/admissions.

President Bart Patterson presents 2013 State of the Campus Address

College receives $500,000 gift from NV Energy
Release | Media Contact: Mandi Enger
HENDERSON, Nev. Nevada State College (NSC) President Bart Patterson presented the State of the Campus Address on Monday, Sept. 23 to share his vision for the campus and to celebrate recent successes of both students and faculty.
The speech was held at the City of Henderson Event Plaza Amphitheater. Patterson was joined by community supporters, Board of Regents representatives, members of NSC Foundation, faculty, staff and students.
Primary goals for NSC over the next year include:
Build infrastructure and physical facilities to provide an excellent student experience.
Continue to focus resources on providing a quality and valuable education, improving student success and meeting the needs of Nevada for an educated workforce, including the growing minority populations of southern Nevada.
NSC will continue its drive to become the most technologically innovative college in the west in course content and delivery.
The event additionally recognized Senior Vice President of NV Energy, Tony Sanchez in gratitude of the company’s gift commitment to the college of $500,000 to support the campus building plans. In honor of the gift, the NSC Business Finance Lab will be named after NV Energy.
President Patterson was also proud to share campus successes including the development of the Nepantla Program Summer Bridge, the School of Education study abroad program to Ireland, and the recent launch of the NSC Mobile App.
Other highlights of the fall semester shared by Patterson include the college’s11 percent increase in first-time, full-time student retention; an enrollment increase of over 25 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen; and a 5 percent increase in Latino student enrollment (based on preliminary fall enrollment numbers).
The event was held as part of the college’s second annual Spirit Week.

NSC faculty shares passion for nursing, wins statewide essay contest

September 11, 2013
By Mandi Enger
Sharing her passion for the fields of nursing and nurse education, Nevada State College School of Nursing Lecturer, LaTricia Perry, has been selected as a winner in the Nevada Hospital Association’s12th Annual Statewide Nurse Essay Contest.
Each year, the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) opens the essay contest to nurses, educators, and nursing students throughout Nevada. A total of 38 submissions were received this year in categories including Professional Development, Attraction, and Commitment/Retention. Perry was recognized for her writings in the area of Commitment/Retention.
Describing her philosophy on student development and patient care Perry wrote in her essay, we must seize the opportunity to share with students the art of nursing through random acts of kindness to our patients, to our students and to our peers Nursing instructors, mentors, and preceptors are given the amazing opportunity to truly mold our future nurses. Perry went on to highlight her joy in working closely with students as they learn both the art and science of the profession.
Representatives of the NHA presented Perry with her awards, including a commemorative Florence Nightingale lamp, during a visit to the NSC campus on August 20.
Joining the NSC School of Nursing in 2010, Perry served the institution as a part-time faculty member while also working as a school nursing within the Clark County School District. In the fall of 2012, Perry transitioned into a full-time faculty member position, teaching health assessment to first-semester nursing students and maternity to those in their second semester.
Being able to merge my love for teaching with my love for maternity nursing is a dream come true for me, added Perry. While I have missed my time as a nurse in labor and delivery, my current role affords me the best of both worlds.
To learn more about the School of Nursing and the philosophy of care, visit: http://archive.nsc.edu/83.asp.