NSC Receives $2.7 million Hispanic-Serving Institution grant from the U.S. Dept. of Ed

HENDERSON – Nevada State College’s School of Education was selected by the United States Department of Education to receive $2,730,661 in funding under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program – a Title V federal program that assists institutions in expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

Nevada State College, which was awarded the first-ever Hispanic Serving Institute grant in Nevada history three years ago, will use the Transformando Caminos (Transforming Pathways) grant to support the School of Education’s collaborative work with the Clark County School District as well as other Nevada school districts with a unified goal of creating and seamlessly aligning three pathways to teaching:

  • High school-based dual credit Teacher Academies
  • Transfer articulation agreements with two-year colleges
  • Alternative Route to Licensing pathway to teaching for career changers

“The Transformando Caminos grant will provide vital support for the School of Education as it continues its strong commitment to locally growing more PreK-12 teachers, particularly teachers of Hispanic descent, for the State of Nevada,” said Dennis Potthoff, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education at Nevada State College.

With activities focused around outreach, access, student support and professional development, the grant will increase students enrolling in Education majors and boast several significant outcomes including a projected 48 percent increase in the number of Hispanic students who will enroll as an Education major as well as a 400 percent increase in Hispanic students who will obtain a secondary teaching credential in STEM. The $2,730,661 grant will be used over a five-year period starting October 1, 2020.

“We also congratulate our colleagues at College of Southern Nevada for receiving their first HSI grant, which will guide students through one of the biggest hurdles of college-level math courses,” said Bart Patterson, Nevada State President. “We will continue to work together to enhance degree attainment for students.”

For more information about Nevada State College, visit www.nsc.edu.


Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada State places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 512-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges and, as such, is Nevada’s only state college. Nevada State College is the second fastest-growing college in the country and the fastest growing in Nevada. It currently has more than 5,500 students and more than 800 full- and part-time employees. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu [nsc.edu].