College & Career Readiness

All students graduating from Nevada should be ready to enter the workforce and/or post-secondary education. In order to do so, Nevada colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations offer academic supports and acceleration opportunities to students. 

College and Career Readiness Dual Enrollment

High school students – individually or through institutional agreements with school districts – may enroll in classes and receive credit at post-secondary institutions. Nevada school districts have many options and partnerships with Nevada institutions for students to earn college credits during high school.

Nevada Department of Education Graduation Requirements

Course of Study and Required Credits 

Units of credit generally comprise one year of coursework and require at least 120 hours of instruction. Credit-earning courses are required by State law to be taught by all public high schools as a course of study, including but not limited to, for a standard diploma: • 

  • Four units of English Language Arts 
  • Three units of Mathematics including at least Algebra I and Geometry 
  • Two units of Science including at least two laboratory courses 
  • Three units of Social Studies including o One-half unit of American Government
    • One-half unit of Economics and Financial Literacy 
    • One unit of American History 
    • One unit of World History or Geography 

Additional courses must be made available to fulfill graduation credit requirements for all diploma types including but not limited to: 

  • The Arts 
  • Computer Science Education and Technology 
  • Health 
  • Physical Education

Permissible elective courses of study may include additional courses in the subjects listed above and may include but not limited to: 

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) 
  • Employability Skills 
  • Great Basin Native Languages 
  • World Languages 

CCSD Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships allow high school graduates to immediately start working – and start earning money. You can also earn college-level credits for free!


GEAR UP is a highly competitive grant program that helps empower local partnerships comprised of K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and community organizations

Leaders in Training (LIT)

Empowers first-generation college graduates from diverse backgrounds to be the next generation of leaders who change the world.

J4NG (Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates)

Today’s students do not lack intelligence, talent, or desire, but they find it difficult to flourish without caring people and structured support systems that embrace them in community care.

CSN Nevada Promise Scholarships

As a last-dollar scholarship, the Nevada Promise Scholarship can cover up to three years of tuition and other mandatory fees not covered by other gift aid.

Silver State Opportunity Grant

the State, by making a substantial investment in low-income students, is giving them both the incentive and the financial means to enroll and complete a full-time credit load each semester.

Guinn Millennium Scholarship

“We want to ensure Nevada’s best scholars stay in Nevada. The Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship awards up to $10,000 in tuition to our state’s brightest students who decide to attend college here in Nevada. The Scholarship allows qualified students an opportunity to save a significant amount of money by simply going to school at an in-state college or university.”


Graduate with at least 3.25 GPA (weighted or unweighted) OR earn an SAT of 1070+ or an ACT of 21+. Maintain college GPA of at least 2.75.

HS Credits and Residency

HS credits: 4 years of English, 4 years of Math (including Alg. II or higher), 3 years Science, 3 years history. Nevada resident at least two years.


All eligible high school graduates will have their name submitted to the millennium scholarship program office, no applications needed. For out of state students or home school students, there is an application. Fill it out by clicking the link below!