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CSN Celebrates 40 Years in Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- It started as a small campus in 1971, and over the years, the College of Southern Nevada has grown. It is now know nationwide as having some of the best medical and technical programs in the country. This year marks the college's 40th anniversary.

It was just a small campus back in 1971. But with 44,000 students enrolled, CSN seems to be the institution where many people would rather attend over many universities. Only 400 students were enrolled at the Community College of Southern Nevada back in 1971.

CSN President Doctor Michael Richards says through the years, the classrooms grew, and so did the campus. It even underwent a name change in 2007, from CCSN to CSN. It has become the largest and most diverse higher education institution in Nevada, with accolades for academics in nursing, cardio-respiratory and fire science technology.

"We train about 30 percent of Nevada's nurses. But we also train most of the technicians in the healthcare area that are needed in our hospitals and clinics throughout southern Nevada," said Dr. Richards.

That is why Brittney Farley goes to school there. She looked at many universities, but in the end, it all came down CSN's nationally-known nursing program.

"There's just so many of those top rated schools, but nobody looks for the smaller guy. And I think you learn more when you go to the smaller guy," she said.

Dr. Richards says he runs into his graduates all the time. "They're all over. It's wonderful -- it's great to run into them at the doctors office."

That small campus is gone. It has grown, and so will the bright minds that call the school home.

CSN's economic impact on the community is huge. Recent studies show the college's operations and the current and former students contribution to the community total more than $864 million a year.