Henderson, Nev. Nevada State College has been awarded two Upward Bound precollege projects in the amount of $250,000 per year each from the United States Department of Education.
The projects will target Basic and Eldorado High Schools. The college received grant funding in order to implement one Upward Bound Project in collaboration with each high school.
Totaling more than $2 million over the grant’s four-year span, the Nevada State College Upward Bound Program will serve 100 low-income, first-generation and disabled students 50 each at Basic and Eldorado, allowing the students to gain the skills and motivation needed to complete a baccalaureate degree after high school graduation.
According to Fred Maryanski, Nevada State College’s president, Senator Harry Reid’s advocacy allowed for the grant funding.
Upward Bound grant funds would only have been provided to existing programs under the expansion of the program that occurred as a part of the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 if it were not for the help of Senator Reid, Maryanski said. Nevada State College was among many other new programs that received funding thanks to the Senator’s advocacy and support.
Maryanski added that Upward Bound is aligned with college’s mission to prepare the next generation of professionals for the state of Nevada through education.
We are an open access college and the most diverse four-year public college in Nevada, Maryanski said. We are committed, through programs like Upward Bound, to open the doors of educational opportunity to all Nevada students.
Principals Dr. Ron Lustig (Eldorado High School) and Susan Segal (Basic High School) are committed partners with Nevada State’s mission to promote a more broad-based college-going culture at their schools.
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.
For more information on Nevada State College, call: 702.992.2000 or visit nsc.edu.