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Nevada State College Faces Possible Shutdown

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HENDERSON -- Nearly 3,000 college students may lose their course credits if state lawmakers go forward with the idea of closing Nevada State College.

Nevada State College student Sean McDonald confronts Nevada Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley in a hallway. Not only is his college in danger of shutting down due to budget cuts, he's about to lose his job at the adult day care center, yet another target of Nevada's lawmakers.

"I can't go to UNLV, unfortunately. In high school, I was the biggest jokester. So, what happens to kids like me? I didn't get grades, but look, in college, I got all A's in college," said McDonald.  

Speaker Buckley responds, "We can't decimate education. We can't tell senior citizens that we're going to evict them from their adult day care programs."  

Nevada State College President Fred Maryanski shows 8 News Now the campus. It specializes in educating Nevada's future teachers and health care workers.  

Nursing student Nayely Michel explains, "A lot of my credits won't be transferred to another university, so that means I would have to redo a lot of classes, postpone my education."  

There's already been a 13 percent cut in college staff, but enrollment is up 20 percent. The final blow could come after the special legislative session.

College President Fred Maryanski said, "Our actual state dollars are closer to $7 million. So that's not going to bail anybody out."  

With some similar classes between Nevada State College and UNLV, the question is posed: Is this college redundant, and does that make it an easy target for budget cuts?  

Maryanski responds that the "formal mission statement for the college describes it as a comprehensive college with a special interest in educating nurses and teachers, but offering a wide range or baccalaureate degrees."  

Assembly Speaker Buckley adds, "I know that when the plan was envisioned, there were a lot of skeptics, and I think they've been proven wrong."

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