LAS VEGAS — Officials from the city of Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada will celebrate the opening of a new college site at City Hall during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. today on the third floor of City Hall, 495 S. Main St.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin, CSN President Dr. Michael Richards, and Dan Gouker, executive director of the Division of Workforce & Economic Development, will be on hand during the ceremony.
The partnership between the city of Las Vegas and CSN to establish a college presence at Las Vegas City Hall is a model believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. The partnership is designed to create training and educational opportunities for residents, particularly in the downtown area, and to help create a trained workforce that can increase the city’s opportunities for economic development and diversification.
CSN, which now occupies the third floor of City Hall with 20 full-time employees in the college’s Division of Workforce & Economic Development, is developing workforce training and academic courses for city employees and residents, targeting the downtown community due to its proximity to City Hall.
Literacy, ESL and GED classes are already taking place in the evenings and on the weekends. The college plans to also offer skills certification examinations, customized training for city employees and local businesses, workforce training courses – such as computer training – and much more. The college is also hoping to provide select academic credit courses in the next year.
“We are proud to welcome some of the instructional staff and curricular programs of the College of Southern Nevada to a new home at City Hall,” Mayor Goodman said. “This innovative partnership has students walking the halls of our building, taking classes, and creating an exceptional experience.”
CSN will also offer consulting services to local businesses and those interested in coming to Las Vegas to develop specific programs and certificate programs to meet their needs for a particular workforce, such as those in the healthcare industry.
— From news release