The CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, the second largest employer in southern Nevada, employs more than 15,000 people. The school district expects its student population to grow to about 14,000 children annually for the next several years. It plans to generate $350 million a year, funds needed to build new schools and hire 1,500 new teachers each year. More than $10 million has been raised by Clark County public Education Foundation in an effort to expand and support improvements in education. Clark County offers one of the country’s most effective community partnership programs.
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA LAS VEGAS (UNLV) has just added a $40 million library, among its other expansions. UNLV is one of only 165 universities nationally that offers a Law School. Community College of Southern Nevada has also expanded to accommodate its growing population. The population of CCSN has doubled in the past 10 years, to more than 20,000 students in 1999. The school has a faculty of more than 250, the college offers a new $5 million High Tech Center at one of its 3 campuses and 50 extension centers. Its Computer College features 200 computers and plans include a new $11 million campus in Henderson.
University of Nevada School of Medicine was established in 1969. It is affiliated with hospitals and clinics throughout southern Nevada and caters to a small group of about 50 students. USOM offers programs in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, psychiatry and pediatrics.
UNLV’s new Environmental Studies Program includes classrooms run with “hands on” experience, real-life, working in the field program. Programs at the nature Conservancy, Nevada power, Mirage Resort, Bureau of Land Management, Lake Mead National Recreational Area..and many more. Students participating in the program learn while contributing to our great city, and improve their marketable job skills for entry into the local job market.
Private schools are expanding to meet the needs of our growing population. There are currently 12 private schools in the Las Vegas area, serving the needs of students from kindergarten through high school.
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