In a model believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday is scheduled to consider entering into a partnership with the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) to establish a college presence at Las Vegas City Hall. 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.
The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday, March 20, is scheduled to consider an agreement with CSN to provide half of the third floor of City Hall for 20 full-time employees in the college’s Division of Workforce & Economic Development. CSN would be responsible for $5,000 in rent per month, which covers utilities, maintenance, parking and initial support in setting up IT systems.
Under the agreement, CSN would develop workforce training and academic courses for city employees and residents, targeting the downtown community due to its proximity to City Hall. CSN would also offer consulting services to businesses 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. Classes would be offered at Las Vegas City Hall in the evenings and weekends.
This is one of several efforts that the mayor and other council members have been working on to enhance education in our community, including partnerships with UNLV and the Clark County School District. In addition, this is the second partnership between the city and CSN that would be a first of its kind in the nation. The city of Las Vegas Fire Department/CSN Educational Center at the Charleston campus is the first municipal fire house to be located on a college campus in a college learning facility. Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian was a driving force behind that partnership, which also involves Bonanza High School students.
The CSN Division of Workforce & Economic Development is the non-credit, self-supporting arm of the college that develops customized training programs to meet the needs of Southern Nevada’s employers and workforce. In addition, the entrepreneurial division serves to provide residents with new career skills, adult education (GED and ESL), personal enrichment and workforce training. The partnership with the city would help CSN with its mission to ensure access to quality education throughout Southern Nevada.