by Dr. Andrea Anderson, Site Coordinator
College of Southern Nevada,
Boulder City Center
The Boulder City Center opened in 1995 with a few non-credit courses designed for senior citizens. It quickly became apparent that the community wanted a wider range of courses, including credit courses. In the fall of 1996 credit courses were offered for the first time and the variety and number of courses offered has grown to its current level of approximately 40 credit and non-credit courses each semester. This satellite campus of CSN has become a comprehensive educational facility offering a variety of general education, computer, and career-specific programs.
In the early days, the facility had only two classrooms and a very small computer lab with six computers. The College has continually made improvements to the Center and it presently contains five regular classrooms, including one “smart” classroom, two computer labs with a total of 24 state-of-the-art computers, a fully equipped nursing lab, two aviation simulator labs, a complete darkroom facility with photography workshop, and a large general purpose room frequently used for community meetings and events.
The aviation program began in 2000 and is the only degree program in aviation approved by the Nevada Board of Regents. In this program, students take their classroom courses at the Boulder City Center. These include the FAA approved ground school coursework, meteorology, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, and other related subjects. The school has a full-size Frasca flight simulator plus six PC training devices for student use. Students receive their flight training at the Boulder City or North Las Vegas Airports. Upon completion of the program, students receive an AAS degree in Aviation Technology plus private pilot, instrument, and commercial flight certifications. The program transfers to several four-year universities for those who wish to complete a baccalaureate degree.
CSN began its Certified Nursing Assistant program in 2004. The old kitchen was remodeled into a nursing lab and four full-size hospital beds were added. Through assistance from a rural health education grant, the lab was equipped with the latest in medical training devices including computerized manikins, scanners, EKGs, blood pressure monitors, and various simulators used to train nursing students. The Phlebotomy course was added in 2006 to accommodate those students interested in the medical laboratory field.
The present CNA program allows a student to complete their classroom and nursing lab coursework plus the required clinical training in one semester. The students spend one full day a week at the Boulder City Center then another full day each week in clinical training at the Boulder City Hospital or the Southern Nevada Veterans Home. Upon successful completion of the six-credit course and board certification, students are eligible for employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant. This is often the first step for students with a career goal of becoming an RN.
The Boulder City Center has a state-of-the-art computer classroom with 16 student computers for hands-on instruction. Microsoft Office 2007 was recently installed in preparation for fall classes. Along with a variety of courses in beginning and advanced Windows, courses in Word and the complete Microsoft Office package are also offered. Some of the most popular computer courses are the digital photography courses taught by Brad Appleby. Using Photoshop Elements, students learn to enhance their photos, correct flaws, and remove unwanted objects.
Other popular courses include the twice-weekly art class. This fall the course is Drawing I and II. The religion courses taught by Dr. Gard Jameson are also popular and attract many repeat students. The fall semester course is World Religion. Photography courses are offered throughout the year. The Center has a full dark room facility to accommodate those who wish to learn film photography and plans are underway to move to a full digital program within the next year or two.
Each semester several general education courses are always offered in the areas of math, science, communication, and the social sciences. This gives a Boulder City student the opportunity to complete their general education requirements right here at home. These courses transfer to NSC, UNLV, UNR, and most other colleges/universities.
The most recent addition to CSN is the Wildland Fire Science program. Students are taught wildland fire fighting and fire management techniques. After one course, students are eligible to receive their certification to start working in the field. This new degree program also provides technical courses for advanced certifications and is expected to grow.
CSN Boulder City is located at 700 Wyoming Street and has full registration and bursar services. Visit www.ccsn.edu.