Christy, now 50, started attending CSN at the age of 17. When she enrolled in classes, she did not quite know what she wanted to do for her career. In 1989, she graduated with an associate degree in business and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. After graduating CSN, she went out of state to further her education. Christy worked in higher education for more than 15 years and now works as a College Counselor for the Fulfillment Fund, where she helps high school students prepare for and succeed in college.
Robert Van Strawder Jr.,50, is a father, community leader and filmmaker. In 2017, Robert earned an associate of applied science degree in mental health services and an associate degree in general studies. He credits CSN for helping to give him a better life. After graduating, he ran for Congress and recently hosted a successful community event called the Inaugural Vegas Teen Choice Talent Showcase. The event focused on using music to educate youth about making positive choices in life.
Carlos Holguin graduated from CSN in 2014 with degrees in psychology and music. He works for the Clark County School District and teaches a Latin Jazz class at CSN. While a student at CSN, Carlos was awarded the Regents’ Scholar Award. Just before graduating, he had the privilege of playing on the Las Vegas Strip in the musical Mama Mia! CSN instructor D Gause served as his mentor and still remains in contact with him.
Nino Navos graduated from CSN in 2018 with an associate of applied science degree in nursing. Upon graduating, he was accepted into Nevada State College’s RN-BSN program. He was also accepted as a new grad nurse as a STaRN/Nurse Resident at Sunrise Hospital. He is on track to graduate with his BSN and hopes to continue his nursing education.
Michelle Klenke-Pilkington graduated from CSN in 2019 with an associate of arts degree in special education. She works in Special Education as a Special Programs Teaching Assistant for a Title 1 school in Clark County. She is working on her bachelor’s degree for Special Education to become a teacher and hopes to have her own classroom. She took a course at CSN with a fabulous instructor, who inspired her to further her studies in Special Education.
Kari Cramer graduated from CSN in 2015 with an associate of general studies degree. She works for the College of Southern Nevada in the JumpStart program where students can “Jumpstart” their college career while earning their high school diploma. Kari says her position takes on more of a humanitarian role and giving back to students is what she enjoys the most. The CSN faculty and staff impacted her life and made her who she is, Kari says.
Narée Asherian graduated from CSN in 2019 with an associate of business degree 10 days before graduating from the CSN High School program with high honors. She is enrolled at UNLV where she plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in business marketing. During her times as a Coyote, she was awarded the Regents' Scholar Award.
Terrence Walton graduated from CSN in 2009 with an associate of arts degree in communication. He works for a local news broadcasting station and is an on-air personality with a local radio station. He attended CSN shortly after leaving the United States Air Force in 2005. Terrence says CSN played a vital role in the realization of his dreams.
Polly Flores graduated from CSN in 2019 with an associate of business degree and is attending UNLV. Polly sold her cosmetology business at the age of 34 and enrolled at CSN. She left the business she had run for five years because she wanted to find a career she was more passionate about. Many questioned her move but CSN served as a catalyst for change in Polly’s life, she says. She is proud to be an alumna of CSN.
AnnaKay Hutchinson graduated from CSN in 2018 with an associate of business degree. AnnaKay works at the Clark County School District as a specialized program teacher assistant. She is the founder and CEO of For Change Be Bold and co-founder of Building Networking Mom and Dad, a podcast devoted to positively affecting the lives of individuals and most importantly young adults. Prior to establishing For Change Be Bold, AnnaKay worked as a certified nursing assistant.
Stacey Ramos graduated from CSN in 2019 with an associate of arts degree in early child education- elementary education. After graduating from CSN, Stacey enrolled at Western Governors University (WGU) where she is working to earn her bachelor's degree in elementary education. Stacey believes in hard work and knows that anything is possible when you work hard enough. No matter what obstacles you face, you can overcome them and come out stronger than before.
Garry Velasquez learned to cook professionally in the 1990s on the Las Vegas Strip where he found that he enjoyed catering, because of the creativity and fast-paced events. Starting from the bottom, he learned a sense of urgency and attention to detail. In 2005, Garry was exposed to large-scale events at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Garry graduated from UNLV with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and in 2012 he received a degree in culinary arts management from the College of Southern Nevada
Carol Ferranti graduated from CSN in 1999 with an associate of arts degree and she is a volunteer Incident Command System (ICS) Instructor with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Her law enforcement career includes experience as an urban housing development consultant, environmental crime mitigation specialist, social human researcher and a public liaison for her agency. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, collecting and analyzing data for public security projects to coordinating a multi-jurisdictional task force.
Delaney Minshew graduated from CSN in 2019 with an associate of arts degree in communication. She is working to achieve a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of West Pensacola. While at CSN, Delaney enjoyed engaging with the staff and students. Some of her favorite professors included Professor Joseph Hassert, Professor David Hanley-Tejeda and Professor Diana Clennan.
Kim Meoli earned an associate of applied science nursing degree in 2011. She enrolled part-time in the nursing program and took classes during the day while working nights in a show called Jubilee at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It took her six years to graduate but she did it. Last year, she was offered a job at a rehabilitation center. Kim says attending CSN gave her a whole new life and she is grateful she attended.
Casey Reid earned a Music Technician Certificate in 2018. After graduating high school in Waldorf, Maryland, Casey moved to Las Vegas to be with family. He originally thought he wanted to play football for UNLV but that did not work out. In the fall of 2013, Casey enrolled in musical classes at CSN. He found he started producing better songs and was now getting paid for performances. Casey now works in the music world as a stage hand and has had the opportunity to setup Life is Beautiful concerts and the Soul Train Awards.
TrinaMarie Phinizy Shaw graduated from CSN in 2003 with a degree in business and a commercial photography degree in December 2012. She later transferred to UNLV and earned a bachelor’s degree in science administration with an emphasis in human resources management. She is now the successful owner of two companies, B&T Capture (Managing Partner) and Vegas Home Crown (Realtor®️) brokered by Signature Real Estate Group.
William McCurdy II graduated from CSN in 2015 with an associate of arts degree. While enrolled, he became president of the Associated Students of the College of Southern Nevada (ASCSN), a student governing body for the college. William is working to earn his bachelors of science degree from UNLV. He has also served two terms in the Nevada legislature and is running for Clark County Commissioner in 2020.
Phillip “Phill” Dixon graduated from CSN in 2010 with an associate of arts degree with a music emphasis. Phill then went on to earn his bachelor of arts and master of fine arts degrees and now works as a full-time professor in the CSN English Department. He also teaches Academic and Life Success (ALS) for the CSN Prison Education Program and tutors students enrolled in the music program.
Alexis Childs graduated from CSN in 2019 with an associate of business degree. She works for the college’s Centers for Academic Success. She is working toward a career in interior design and recently started her own business selling her artwork. Her artwork can be found at www.alexisbydesign.com. Alexis says her degree has given her the ability to explore her talents and start her own business.
The career of Jarvis V. Moorehead, a singer, dancer, actor, and composer, spans three decades. He is a graduate of the College of Southern Nevada, earning an associate of general studies degree in 2014, and has been featured at several performance venues across the United States and is currently performing in a show titled “Artrageous.” This high energy performance is a combination of fine art, live music, singing, dancing, humor, and interaction in a frenzy of movement and color with a message of the arts being an integral and valuable part of human existence.
Patti graduated from CSN with an associate of business in 2016. She was a single mother of one who worked full time. Patti attended CSN for eight years and became a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college national honor society. She enjoyed the flexible schedule and great professors she had at CSN. CSN helped her find her direction in life and Patti now works in the fire/emergency management field and is loving every minute of it.
Toni Ellis graduated from CSN in 1999 with an associate of general studies degree. She would later go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary Education K-12 from UNLV. Toni also holds a master’s degree in education guidance counselor from the University of Phoenix and intermittently taught in the Clark County School District for 12 years. Toni says CSN gave her the opportunity and inspiration to achieve more in life.