Long Lines, Full Classes Frustrate Students at CSN - 8 News NOW

Long Lines, Full Classes Frustrate Students at CSN

Posted: Updated:

LAS VEGAS - The start of a new year in college often brings excitement.

"I'm pretty excited for college," College of Southern Nevada student Jose Matadamas said. "I mean, I want to do this. I start in a couple of weeks, so I'm excited. I want to do this."

This year, frustration also comes with that excitement. Thousands of students are likely running into obstacles while registering or enrolling at CSN.

"I don't get much personal help, because there are a lot of people that are trying to get into this college," Matadamas said. "There are lines everywhere. They're really long. There are a few people that help. The counselors are available half the time."

Administrators predict a repeat of last fall when 5,300 students tried to register for classes they needed, couldn't get in, and walked away.

"Trying to get into classes is painful," CSN student Nichole Tripoli said. "Science classes especially, and math, they're consistently full."

The problem stems from the state's financial problems, which are forcing CSN and other higher education institutions to slash budgets. Students are feeling the impact.

"I came last semester, and they didn't have a lot of the classes that I wanted available," said CSN student Tiffany Ponder. "I came back again to try this time, and four of six weren't available."

"It's hard, because you want to further your education and do better and do more," Tripoli said.

In a statement to 8 News NOW, CSN officials say, "We empathize with students' frustration over not being able to get into the classes they need. As an open-access institution, CSN would love to be able to handle all student needs, but we simply cannot."

CSN is also in the process of implementing a new online student platform that has experienced some glitches. Plus, new rules are creating confusion regarding financial aid.

Classes begin August 29th.

  • Las Vegas NewsLas Vegas NewsMore>>

  • BREAKING NEWS: Adrian Peterson placed on exempt list by Minnesota Vikings

    BREAKING NEWS: Adrian Peterson placed on exempt list by Minnesota Vikings

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 2:26 AM EDT2014-09-17 06:26:16 GMT
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges.The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.The Vikings came under...More>>
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges.The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.The Vikings came under...More>>
  • Las Vegas mom sues over device that electronically disables car

    Las Vegas mom sues over device that electronically disables car

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:43:35 GMT
    They are calling it a "dangerous and illegal" practice of vehicle repossession. In this case, cars are not being towed, they're being disabled electronically.More>>
    They are calling it a "dangerous and illegal" practice of vehicle repossession. In this case, cars are not being towed, they're being disabled electronically.More>>
  • FEMA team tours flood damaged areas in Southern Nevada

    FEMA team tour flood damaged areas in Southern Nevada

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:46:24 GMT
    Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA spent Tuesday assessing the damage from extreme flooding in Moapa and Overton.More>>
    Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA spent Tuesday assessing the damage from extreme flooding in Moapa and Overton.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.