Record Number of Graduates at CSN Face Uncertain Job Market

LAS VEGAS -- A record number of students will be getting their college degrees Monday night at the College of Southern Nevada graduation ceremony. 

The 2,300 new graduates have special skills and training, but they face another challenge, getting a job. CSN's Career Services department helps them land jobs but it is much harder in this economic climate.

"Five years ago when the economy was good, it was definitely an employee market. When you graduated, you had several opportunities. Now, you have to compete with several graduates and experienced individuals out there, so it is much tougher than it was." said Kelly Wuest, director of Career Services.

Last year, 67,000 students attended the college. Some earned a degree, others were just taking a class or two. Most of the students at the college were over the age of 25.

"We had a lot of individuals that came back to school with transferable skills, so they're utilizing those skills with their new degree and hopefully bringing the whole package together to make them more employable." Wuest added.

CSN is well-known for its nursing and health professions programs. There are often semester-long waiting lists for those departments. Wuest says even graduates with those marketable degrees have a tough time getting hired.

"They're highly-competitive too, so there are not as many new grad positions as there were two or three years ago, so those individuals have to not only look in Nevada, but they also have to look out of state."said Wuest.


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