CSN to hold annual STEM Conference for Gear Up

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Contact:          Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715, Richard.Lake@csn.edu

CSN to hold annual STEM Conference for Gear Up

High school students will visit the CSN Cheyenne campus to learn about careers in science, tech fields

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 10, 2015 – The College of Southern Nevada will host dozens of high school students at its third annual STEM Conference for Gear Up, with keynote speaker Missy Young, executive vice president of sales at Switch Supernap data centers and a longtime supporter of STEM education.

The event, set Nov. 20 at 8 a.m. on CSN’s Cheyenne campus, will see approximately 100 students from Del Sol High and Chaparral high schools visit the campus to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM fields – that are important to Nevada’s economic diversification efforts. These two schools were chosen because they participate in Gear Up, a federal program that supports traditionally underserved students.

“Today and in the future, many successful careers will require knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math, so we want to make sure our future leaders will be exposed to those careers,” CSN President Dr. Michael Richards said. “We want students coming away from this conference excited about these subjects and interested in exploring them further.”

Students will have a chance to participate in hands-on workshops and meet people who work in science and technology. The goal is to spark an interest in the students so they may pursue careers in high-paying, in-demand fields.

The event is not open to the public, but media are encouraged to attend.

What: CSN third annual STEM Conference for Gear Up

Where: The College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas, telecommunications building, room 1772

When: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20, 2016

About CSN:

Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada (csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN students can choose from over 150 degree and certificate options in more than 90 areas of study, including 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more information, visit http://www.csn.edu/nondiscrimination

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