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In order to save more, many Las Vegans can save by heading to schools

In this down economy, many people are going back to school -- some for education, others for deals.

Schools can offer a variety of services at discounted prices because students perform the work, under the supervision of professionals.

Eat cheaply

If you're hungry, local culinary programs offer cheap, gourmet meals.

Russell's Restaurant at the College of Southern Nevada's Cheyenne c ampus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., is the training center for students in the culinary arts and food and beverage management programs.

Customers receive a three-course meal and a soft drink for $7.95.

The restaurant seats for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and for dinner from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Food selection changes with curriculum over the course of the semester. Tuesday's lunch and Thursday's dinner feature aromatics, or cuisine distinguished by herbs and spices. Wednesday's lunch is French cuisine, and Thursday's lunch is American regional cuisine, where c hef John Metcalfe and the other professors teach students to make food specific to a region, such as New England, the South or the Pacific Northwest. They also match desserts weekly.

Culinary arts students prepare the meals, and food and beverage management students operate the restaurant.

"Students change stations every week," said Metcalfe. "They get different experiences, and they get to learn everything.

"It helps them get ready for the real world, and they experience working under time pressure," he said. "A lot of them have not worked in a restaurant setting and have to learn that sense of urgency."

For more information, call p rofessor Joseph Quagliano at 651-4701.

Technique Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, 1451 Center Crossing Road, also is operated by students. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday .

A three-course lunch is $10. Dinner is $12 for a three courses or $15 for five .

For more information, visit

Get Dental care

Enjoying all that food is great, but eventually we all need to see a dentist.

CSN's Charleston c ampus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., offers cleanings by dental hygiene students. Prices range from $35 to $135 for a full cleaning.

It's not a walk-in clinic, though. Everyone has to call to schedule an initial screening because CSN selects specific cases based on curriculum.

"We are a teaching institution," said p rogram d irector Shari Peterson. "Patients have to qualify to be a patient. There's a screening to see if they would be a teaching case.

"Students have to work on certain case types to further their understanding."

They generally look for patients who are neglectful of their mouths and have moderate to heavy plaque buildup, Peterson said.

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call 651-5510.

CSN students can offer cleanings, but you'd have to go to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas ' School of Dental Medicine's Shadow Lane campus, 1001 Shadow Lane, for dental work such as fillings and crowns.

Like CSN, there is an initial screening to determine eligibility. The screening is $20 and does not guarantee acceptance.

UNLV officials estimate fees to be about one-third to one-half the cost at a private dental practice.

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

UNLV plans to offer free oral cancer screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sherman Gardens housing development, 909 Doolittle Ave.

For more information, call 774-2400.

Discounts available for disorder testing, law advice

Other UNLV departments also offer student-run services for low costs.

The UNLV Psychological Assessment and Testing Clinic evaluates cognitive and academic skills such as reading, math and memory to help determine if an individual has attention-deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder or a learning disability.

The clinic is open to kids and adults and offers a sliding fee scale based on income.

For more information, call 895-0296.

UNLV's Boyd School of Law, in partnership with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and Nevada Legal Services, offers free weekly law education classes through April , covering areas such as bankruptcy, family law, foreclosure, custody and more.

Lawyers do not offer legal advice on specific cases.

For a list of upcoming classes, visit or call the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada at 386-1070.

Look good for less

Finally, if you need a hair cut or styling, teaching institutes such as Euphoria Institute and Nevada Barber College can improve your looks for less.

Euphoria has three locations in the Las Vegas Valley : 9340 W. Sahara Ave.; 11041 S. Eastern Ave., No. 112; and 6578 N. Decatur Blvd., No. 200.

The institutes offer haircuts, styling, color, skin treatments, hair removal and nail and makeup services.

Prices vary slightly by location, but hair cuts at the Decatur Boulevard location start at $10 for men and $12 for women.

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The Nevada Barber College, 1401 N. Decatur Blvd., No. 8, offers haircuts starting at $8 for men. The college also offers monthly two-for-one specials.

For more information, call 207-2887.

Contact View education reporter Jeff Mosier at or 224-5524.