Students seeking educational opportunities, other than specific degrees offered at CSN main campuses, have access to additional options through programs within the CSN Division of Workforce and Economic Development.
The Division of Workforce and Economic Development offers non-credit classes and programs in a format to meet the needs of business and industry, local government, and educational institutions through customized training programs and curricula. Training programs and workshops are tailored to fit the specific needs of clients so students are able to quickly apply what they have learned.
The Division of Workforce and Economic Development offers continuing education in the following program specialty areas:
Adult Literacy and Language Program: The College of Southern Nevada’s Adult Literacy and Language program is the largest of its kind in Nevada, and has served the greater Las Vegas valley and surrounding area for more than twenty years. The program provides courses for those learning English as their second language (English Language Acquisition (ELA) courses) and for those desiring to obtain a High School Equivalency credential (HSE Prep).
American Heart, Healthcare and Emergency Medical Services (EMS): CSN’s American Heart Association Authorized Training Center provides continuing education and certifications such as CPR, and Basic, Pediatric, and Advanced Life Support.
The Healthcare program provides a variety of continuing education courses needed for upgrading one’s skills, and also for entry level healthcare professions in southern Nevada. Examples of these programs include: Dialysis Patient Care Technician (PCT); Health Unit Coordinator (HUC); and Home Care Aide.
Community and Personal Enrichment: This program offers ongoing fee-based, non-credit classes every semester to assist individuals in their personal development and plays a significant role in increasing job readiness skills. Classes address a broad variety of personal growth courses including, but not limited to arts and crafts; recreational and leisure interests such as Motorcycle Rider Safety classes; professional and personal development programs; software and computer skills; test preparation; theatre; and language classes. The Professional Development classes focus on individuals seeking to enhance employment skills or advance their careers; to aid those currently unemployed in returning to the workforce; and military members transitioning into the civilian lifestyle. Classes are listed in the Community and Personal Enrichment Catalog, distributed twice a year, available at all CSN campuses and online at www.csn.edu/ dwed-community-personal-enrichment.
Business Services: This program works in conjunction with Nevada companies and organizations to assess and disseminate the skills necessary for students and employees to be successful in today’s job market. This includes foundational skills development, a variety of professional training programs, and assessments designed to increase skill levels which assist with employment and/or career changes. The program provides customized training, and job skill assessments such as ACT WorkKeys, which results in a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that documents essential skills needed for workplace success.
College Prep: CSN’s Division of Workforce and Economic Development, in partnership with the Department of Mathematics, offers non-credit Algebra Refresher courses. These courses take place in a hybrid online/classroom environment which is designed to prepare students, who have not met the criteria for Math 095 or higher, with the skills to be successful in entry level mathematics courses.
Facilities Maintenance & Operation Training Program: The Facilities Maintenance & Operation Training Program offers accelerated training, with entry-level skills in Safety, Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC, creating entry-level facilities technicians. These technicians may be responsible for the appearance and working order of hotel and convention guest rooms hospital and medical rooms, apartment complexes, and government facilities.
Fire Service Candidate Physical Ability Test: CSN and the Division’s Workplace Safety Program offer personal and workplace safety classes as well as the Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness/Fitness Initiative Program-Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). The CPAT has been developed as a fair and valid evaluation tool to assist in the selection of fire fighters, and to ensure that all fire fighter candidates possess the physical ability to complete critical tasks effectively and safely.