HENDERSON, NEV. – Nevada State College hosted Congressman Bobby Scott, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, and Congresswoman Susie Lee on Wednesday for a discussion regarding the state of higher education and key issues facing diverse students.
Both Lee and Scott addressed strategic tactics the education and labor committee is discussing to close achievement gaps among the minority student population, the importance of making college affordable and obtainable and improving the quality of education across all platforms.
They also discussed making changes to the Pell Grant’s criteria for eligibility which would open the grant to anyone who decides to pursue short-term or long-term educational programs at participating colleges.
Lee, a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and Nevada representative of District 3 that includes Nevada State College, discussed the teacher shortage epidemic in Southern Nevada. She congratulated Nevada State College on their new education building and noted how it will be instrumental in fueling a diverse and qualified teacher pipeline.
“It was an absolute privilege and honor to host both Congressman Scott and Congresswoman Lee at our campus. They both continue to make strides to improve the quality of education in Nevada and around the nation,” said Nevada State College President Bart Patterson. “I was especially thrilled to see so many students, faculty and staff attend the packed auditorium with an understanding of how important it is to be civically engaged.”
This event marks the first time Nevada State College hosted a sitting chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor.
About Nevada State College
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.