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CSN welcomes students for new school year

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LAS VEGAS - The College of Southern Nevada is taking steps to improve graduation rates among its students.

CSN welcomes new and returning students with events this week that provide important information. College officials tell 8 News NOW they want to set the tone for the new school year and encourage students to perform well, because they want more of them to graduate on time.

The school is taking some steps this year to accomplish that. CSN offers tutoring to all students at no additional cost. The tutoring program is paid through tuition fees. Students can get as much help as they need in all subjects, including math, English and science.

CSN Associate Vice President James McCoy says he hopes this extra help will accommodate CSN's growing student body. The college starts the new school year with a 4 percent increase in enrollment. That translates to nearly 35,000 students.

McCoy attributes the rise in enrollment to CSN's outreach efforts.

“We've been launching a lot of student success campaigns, inevitably, to get students back to campus,” he said. “What we did is we identified the students who had not come back last semester. They were here previously, and they did not show back up last semester. We reached out to them individually and said, 'Hey Sally, hey Juan, we want to see you back here. Finish what you started.'”

Earlier this year, the college also reached out to graduating Clark County School District seniors.

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