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Health Care Students Receive Scholarships

Health Care Students Receive Scholarships

 

A local physical therapy practice recently took part in a large scholarship effort put on by the Latin Chamber of Commerce.

The Latin Chamber of Commerce awarded $107,000 in scholarships to 128 Clark County students from 20 area schools. The scholarships were presented to graduating high school students in financial need at the chamber’s 27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on May 23 at the South Point.

Matt Smith Physical Therapy was a contributing sponsor of scholarships given to Alejandra Acosta of Rancho High School, Chloe Nieves of Silverado High School and Vilma Silva of Cheyenne High School. Each was awarded a scholarship to attend UNLV to continue her education in health care.

Each student will mentor with a Matt Smith professional during their undergraduate career and will be eligible to renew their scholarship if they meet GPA requirements.

Schools Gets $11,000 in 'My School is Cool' Contest

Schools Gets $11,000 in 'My School is Cool' Contest

One southern Nevada elementary school is ending the school year $11,000 richer.

Crestwood Elementary School won the My School is Cool program at Meadows Mall. The kids earned points by shopping at the mall between November and May, and then turning the receipts over to the school coordinator. The school with the most points received the grand prize.

Meadows Mall presented the check to Crestwood Elementary School Thursday. Principal Kalandra Sheppard says the money will be used to save programs the kids love.

"The kids and our staff are winners. We are up to the challenge, whether it is something like the challenge of getting receipts to receive points to receive money or the challenge of being high achieving in the classroom," Sheppard said.

Three other schools also received money. E.W. Griffith Elementary School received $5,000, Kit Carson College Prep received $2,500 and Bridger Middle School received $1,500. 

A-Tech Named a Top High School

A-Tech Named a Top High School

Newsweek Magazine and the Daily Beast have named the best 1,000 high schools in the country and three are in Clark County.

One of the top schools is Advanced Technologies Academy. It is one of seven career and technical academies in the Las Vegas valley. It has a 100 percent graduation rate, and almost all of its 215 seniors will be going onto college.

Those are just two of the criteria used by Newsweek and the Daily Beast to evaluate America's high schools. They also looked at the number of Advanced Placement courses offered, the number of Advanced Placement exams taken, the average SAT score and the average A.P. exam score.A-Tech ranked 546 out of 1,000. The students and principal say it is because students take traditional classes, and they are allowed to focus on a career path.

"The curriculum allows for the individual student interest, real-life applications, speakers and field trips," Principal Karen Diamond said.

CSN Students Graduate Monday

CSN Students Graduate Monday

 

The College of Southern Nevada is conducting its 40th annual commencement ceremony Monday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m.

This year marks a record number of students who are eligible to get a degree or certificate. This year 2,321 students are eligible to graduate. That is nearly 750 more students than the 2005 to 2006 school year.

"Getting my associate degree means that I am starting to lay the foundation for my son and me to thrive on,” said CSN 2012 Student Commencement Speaker and Class of 2012 graduate Seria Larry.

Larry is a survivor of domestic violence, a student government representative, honors student and a single mother.

CSN offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs in more than 130 areas of study.  

College of Southern Nevada Joins Reform Network

College of Southern Nevada Joins Reform Network

The College of Southern Nevada is now part of a national organization designed to help more students achieve their dream of a college education.

CSN is now part of the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. The network is made up of 200 institutions around the country that follow strategies to close achievement gaps and increase completion rates for students. Each campus will approach the effort differently, but they will all follow guidelines established by Achieving the Dream. In the end, the network hopes to help 270,000 students around the country finish college.

The college is one of 25 new members of the network. They include community colleges, technical institutes and one historically black college.