November 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's largest college in the state's largest city is nearing a milestone that could get it federal designation and funding as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
The College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas just under a Hispanic enrollment benchmark of 25 percent set by the U.S. Department of Education.
Last fall, CSN enrollment was 24.7 percent Hispanic.
Across town, UNLV diversity administrator Luis Valera tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/11tFxqi ) that his school aims to top that figure in 2015.
That would let the college with nearly 40,000 students compete for $535,000 to $775,000 in federal funding.
The U.S. Census says Nevada's statewide Hispanic population was 27.1 percent in 2011.
In Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County, the census says Hispanics account for 29.7 percent of the population.
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