Nevada awards $345K in scholarship funding to SNC Tahoe |

Nevada awards $345K in scholarship funding to SNC Tahoe

Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — In an effort alleviate the state's critical teacher shortage, Nevada's State Board of Education last week approved $345,600 in funding to support scholarships for Sierra Nevada College's graduate ARL teaching students through the Teach Nevada Scholarship (Senate Bill 511) program.

The funding will support approximately 14 full-time students who will enroll this fall at SNC's Reno and Las Vegas centers.

"Sierra Nevada College has a strong track record creating high-quality curriculum to develop classroom-ready teachers where we know there is urgent demand," said Shannon Beets, SNC Tahoe provost and executive vice president. "The challenges of population growth and attrition of teaching professionals throughout the state have intersected and we are pleased the state is partnering with us and others to meet that demand."

This round of funding comes on the heels of grants in the 2015-2016 academic year that funded 22 scholarships. Those students will soon be employed as school district teachers, while completing coursework through SNC's combined Alternate Route to Licensure (ARL) — Master's Degree in Teaching program.

Nevada students who enroll in the ARL program for fall 2016 are eligible to apply for scholarship consideration. The program, offered at SNC's South Reno and Las Vegas campuses, offers flexible scheduling, enabling students to pursue their degree while working in the classroom.

For more information on the Teacher Education programs and the Nevada Teach scholarships at Sierra Nevada College, contact Katrina Midgley, director of graduate admission and recruiting, at 775-881-7517, or visit online at

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