CSN 2021 Legislative Priorities

Governor Steve Sisolak’s Executive Budget

Caseload Growth

* Funds will be used to support the additional caseload growth/students (growth of 36,555 weighted student credit hours) with enhancements to direct instruction, academic support, direct student support, and areas of compliance and accreditation

* Funding Requested: $6M for CSN per fiscal year

Capacity Building Enhancements

* Budget to build capacity NSHE-wide and support workforce growth and economic development

* Supports CSN’s development of short-term training programs to help retrain displaced workers

* Funds CSN’s skilled trades/apprenticeships and Weekend College options and regular instruction in high demand

occupations, including Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity/IT, and Health Sciences

* Funds CSN’s multi-campus initiative, support for Promise Scholarship/Summer Bridge, and CSN’s completion initiative,

including dual enrollment

* Funding Requested: $5.8M for CSN per fiscal year

Nevada Promise Scholarship

* Governor’s recommended budget includes $7.3M for the biennium to continue the program

Prison Education Program

* Funds to sustain the program in anticipation of incarcerated students gaining access to Pell Grants in 2023, which will result in significant increase in program demand

* Funding Requested: $150,000 for CSN per fiscal year


Capital Improvement Projects

Sahara West Workforce & Education Training Center

  • Renovation of CSN’s Division of Workforce & Economic Development (DWED) current facilities, which require code, infrastructure, building system upgrades and improvements

* Upgrades required to serve high demand from displaced workers due to COVID-19 layoffs

* Renovation funds will help support the onboarding of over 2,000 student enrollees in the program areas of Adult Basic Education (High School Equivalency/ESL), Civics Immigrant Pathway (4,500), Workforce Training, Apprenticeships (1,500), ACT WorkKeys Assessments and Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (IBEST)

* Funding Requested: $4.6M+FFE ($2M from CSN)

Northwest Campus Planning Funds

* Planning funds will allow CSN to develop the first building on the Northwest site, including site development and infrastructure to support the new campus

* 40-acre parcel was conveyed to CSN by the Bureau of Land Management in 2018 (with a requirement to begin construction on the site by 2026)

* Funding Requested: $7.8M ($1.5M from CSN)


Policy Priorities

Expand Non-Traditional Apprenticeship Pathways -  SB207 (BDR S-925)

  • Develop a statewide approach to the expansion of workforce training in trades
  • Target emerging and growth sectors of Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, IT, Logistics and Operations, and Mining to address the skill gaps in those industries
  • Funding Requested: Current state funds (i.e. from the WIOA Governor’s Reserve funds)

Grow & Diversify Dual Enrollment Pathways - AB319 (BDR S-876)

* Create four pathways that will produce more “college proven” students

1. Career & Technical Education (CTE) Dual Enrollment Pathway

* Stackable credentials in high-demand CTE fields, including HVAC, Advanced Manufacturing, Allied Health, and Cybersecurity/IT

2. College Readiness Programming Pathway

* Offer courses in math/English/life success for Title I students

3. Early College High Schools Pathway

* High school students complete Associate Degree while in high school

4. Jumpstart Concurrent Enrollment Pathway

* High school students earn the core 15 college credits while still in high school

* Funding Requested: TBD

If you have questions, please email Mariana.Kihuen@csn.edu