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Honors program returns to College of Southern Nevada

After a five-year hiatus due to lost leadership, the College of Southern Nevada’s honors program is being resurrected by professor Patrick Quinn and others from the English department. Beginning in fall 2014, the school will offer advanced classes.

Desert Research Institute puts out welcome mat for public

The Desert Research Institute will open its doors Wednesday night for a rare — and free — look inside some of its labs in Las Vegas. The open house, called Science LIVE!, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at 755 E. Flamingo Road, next to the National Atomic Testing Museum just west of Swenson Street.

CSN recognized by feds as minority-serving institution for Asian students

The College of Southern Nevada is now a minority-serving institution for Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander students. The designation, announced Monday and issued by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes the CSN student body is composed of more than 50 percent low-income or Pell Grant eligible students and at least 10 percent of the student population identifies with the ethnicities indicated by the award.

Latino students equal white peers in Nevada’s college grad rate

The good news is that Latinos graduate from college at the same rate as whites in Nevada. The bad news is that those numbers are still below the national average. Excelencia in Education found that 39 percent of Silver State Latino students and white students graduate from college in four years, compared to 41 percent and 50 percent nationally.

Nursing students hone skills on high-tech mannequins

Simulation labs are used in nursing schools to give students realistic experience in controlled settings. The labs look like hospital rooms and mannequins serve as patients. The high-tech mannequins can simulate speech, breathing, blood pressure, heart rate and other functions.

Zappos educates educators on making students workforce ready

This week Zappos forayed into higher education with Innovation Insights 2014, a two-day workshop co-hosted by Pearson, a publishing and education company, to foster collaboration between business and colleges.

Clark County School Board mulls year-round calendars for crowded campuses

A bleak picture of too many elementary school students and not enough seats was painted Thursday by the Clark County School District, which released a detailed report on its crowded campuses. Nine-month elementary schools have about 20,000 more students than seats. All but three of the district’s 217 elementary schools currently use the nine-month calendar.

Clark County School District moves to ban e-cigarette use

While smoking cigarettes or using tobacco products on Clark County School District campuses is prohibited, the use of e-cigarettes is allowed because of a loophole in the district’s smoking policy, which officials began closing Thursday. The problem is that e-cigarettes don’t fall under the definition of “smoking” or “tobacco products” prohibited under a Clark County School District policy last revised in 2004.

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