Nevada State College’s School of Education Receives $2.7 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Education

Nevada State College’s School of Education was selected by the United States Department of Education to receive $2,730,661 in funding under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program – a Title V federal program that assists institutions in expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

Nevada State College, which was awarded the first-ever Hispanic Serving Institute grant in Nevada history three years ago, will use the Transformando Caminos (Transforming Pathways) grant to support the School of Education’s collaborative work with the Clark County School District as well as other Nevada school districts with a unified goal of creating and seamlessly aligning three pathways to teaching:
• High school-based dual credit Teacher Academies
• Transfer articulation agreements with two-year colleges
• Alternative Route to Licensing pathway to teaching for career changers

“The Transformando Caminos grant will provide vital support for the School of Education as it continues its strong commitment to locally growing more PreK-12 teachers, particularly teachers of Hispanic descent, for the State of Nevada,” said Dennis Potthoff, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education at Nevada State College.

With activities focused around outreach, access, student support, and professional development, the grant will increase students enrolling in Education majors and boast several significant outcomes including a projected 48 percent increase in the number of Hispanic students who will enroll as an Education major as well as a 400 percent increase in Hispanic students who will obtain a secondary teaching credential in STEM. The $2,730,661 grant will be used over a five-year period starting October 1, 2020.

“We also congratulate our colleagues at College of Southern Nevada for receiving their first HSI grant, which will guide students through one of the biggest hurdles of college-level math courses,” said Bart Patterson, Nevada State President. “We will continue to work together to enhance degree attainment for students.”


A persistent challenge for the state of Nevada is the shortage of highly qualified K-12 teachers. Nevada State College is committed to increasing its contributions to boost the teacher pipeline. One way to do that is to promote the profession to get more students interested in becoming teachers. The college is partnering with KVVU Fox5 for the “Power of Teaching,” a program to highlight how teachers are difference makers in people’s lives.

Fox5 is airing a series of eight monthly segments featuring a prominent community member who will speak of the impact a teacher had on their life. The segment will air on the MORE show (9-10am). Nevada State College will also be included in four segments.

“With support from the Rogers Foundation, we have been able to work with the Clark County School District to create a Teacher Academy at a few area high schools,” said Patterson. “This helps high school students who want to become teachers get a head start on earning college credits toward a career in teaching. We are also partnering with community colleges in northern Nevada so that students can earn a four-year education degree without leaving northern Nevada.”

The initiative aligns Fox5 with Nevada State College and builds on its established connections to the community. “KVVU FOX5 is committed to informing and serving the Las Vegas community. As a news station, we have continued to report the critical need for teachers in Clark County but now with Nevada State College and the Power of Teaching, we can work together to be part of the solution,” said Yvette M. Belisle-Rodriguez, FOX5 Marketing Manager.

The “Power of Teaching” will air on the MORE show throughout the year. It is also available on