City of Henderson Names Stephanie Garcia-Vause New Assistant City Manager

City of Henderson Community Development and Services Director Stephanie Garcia-Vause has been named as the city’s new assistant city manager. The appointment was made by Interim City Manager Richard Derrick. Garcia-Vause began her new position on April 9.

She joined the City of Henderson’s Community Development and Services Department in 1994 and has served as its director since 2007. In that role, Garcia-Vause has worked to ensure high-quality development and service standards and effective long-term city planning. Her efforts have led to the city’s work being recognized at a national level by the American Planning Association and have helped position Henderson as a leader and innovator in sustainable planning.

Garcia-Vause also successfully led efforts to secure needed resources for the community through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities program and grants from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Garcia-Vause holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Henderson Public Schools Outpace National Averages in Key Categories

Henderson public schools are outperforming the national averages in reading, math and graduation rates according to an analysis of educational performance measures conducted by Applied Analysis.

Recent research on behalf of the Henderson Community Education Advisory Board evaluated the performance of Henderson public schools compared to other large metropolitan areas throughout the nation. Findings reveal that Henderson’s fifth-grade reading and math proficiency rates rank seventh and 12th respectively among schools in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, while seventh-grade reading and math proficiency rates rank 17th and 29th in the analysis.

The analysis also shows that Henderson’s collective graduation rates are higher than both the national and state averages. The high school graduation rate among Henderson students is 86.1 percent, outperforming the national average of 84.1 percent and the Nevada average of 73.6 percent. Overall, the graduation rate ranks 138th in the nation in comparison to public schools in other large school districts.

There are 38 public schools located within the city limits of Henderson: 25 elementary schools, seven middle schools and six high schools. Total enrollment in Henderson schools averages about 42,000 students.

Regents Approve New Master’s Degree at Nevada State College

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents voted to approve a new master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Nevada State College.

The degree will train students to become certified speech-language pathologists who can provide clinical services in hospitals, clinics and schools. Students who complete this program will be prepared for the Certificate of Clinical Competence national certification examination administered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as well as the licensure tests required by the state.

Currently, Nevada State College supports a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology, which allows graduates to work as SLPs in the Clark County School District. However, to work as a professional in speech-language pathology or audiology outside of CCSD, licensure from ASHA is required. Licensure requires a master’s or doctoral degree in the field, 400 hours of clinical practicum, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

With the board’s approval, Nevada State will continue the accreditation process with ASHA. Once accreditation is received, students will be able to enroll in classes for the fall 2019 semester.

For more information, visit NSC.edu.

Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica Returns for Annual American Patriot Fest

Celebrate America’s revered active military, veterans, and those who gave all, along with their families, during the annual American Patriot Fest from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, with opportunities to view the Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica from May 10-13. Festivities will be at Craig Ranch Regional Park, located at 628 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89032.

The festival will feature the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., opening at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. The AVTT will be presented in the Las Vegas Valley and open 24 hours a day through 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13. The public is invited to view the wall free of charge and make rubbings of the names of their fallen loved ones. Counseling services will be available for those who need it, provided by The Vet Center.

The May 12 celebration will feature live entertainment, Cars & Stripes, Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show, kids activities, vendors, fundraising efforts for military/veteran charities and the inaugural Las Vegas Burger Festival.

For more information, visit AmericanPatriotFest.com.