2016 is a commemorative year for UNLV Continuing Education, honoring 50 years of lifelong learning at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and in Southern Nevada. The anniversary theme is “Proud Past, Future Focused.”
UNLV’s commitment to connecting Las Vegas with high quality non-credit educational experiences started back when the university was still known as “Nevada Southern” and classes were offered through the extension offices of the University of Nevada at Reno. From the start, local business leaders and campus pioneers shared a vision for a university that not only served the traditional college student, but also the workforce of Las Vegas.
UNLV Continuing Education kicked off the anniversary commemoration with a reception at Tam Alumni Center on April 28, 2016, highlighting accomplishments from UNLV Continuing Education’s long history and a vision aligned with university goals moving forward. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the Clark County Commission issued proclamations pronouncing the week of April 25 as UNLV Continuing Education Week.
Former Dean of Extended Studies Paul Aizley shared stories from his time at the helm and recalled a time when professors pitched in to teach continuing education classes either in their professional fields or on topics of personal interest; it was just a part of UNLV’s culture for staff to do everything in their power to help programs grow. Two leaders were also recognized at the event. Vice Provost for Educational Outreach Peg Rees received a plaque for her leadership and dedication to diversity and excellence in the workplace. Director of Summer Term Trish Suske was recognized as the longest-serving employee of the Division of Educational Outreach and for her contributions to Continuing Education.
Dr. Rees also spoke about her vision of Continuing Education’s future. As UNLV moves forward with plans to gain recognition from the Carnegie Foundation as a “Community Engaged University” by 2020, the Division of Educational Outreach will be deeply involved in this effort with Continuing Education being essential to success. Continuing Education is pursuing opportunities to partner with businesses and organizations in Southern Nevada and beyond to provide executive education, continuing education, and lifetime learning opportunities all in support of community needs and individual aspirations.
A half century after Las Vegas City Manager Bill Adams taught a course on building inspection for the newly formed Institute of General and Technical Studies, UNLV Continuing Education still holds a deep commitment to extending the university’s impact beyond traditional academic degrees. With more than 5,000 courses and 23,000 students in the last ten years alone, Continuing Education has truly made a difference in the lives of many Southern Nevadans. UNLV Continuing Education extends its thanks to the university leadership, administrative staff, course instructors, and students who have made the past 50 years a success.
To learn more about UNLV Continuing Education’s 50 years, please view our video from the 50th anniversary reception and the timeline.