Students from the College of Southern Nevada won 14 Emmy Awards this year, according to the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. That's more than any other college in the region, including 4-year universities.
CSN students won 26 Emmys over the past three years, and have been nominated 42 times in total.
Sean Collett attributes the wins to an emphasis on practical production skills. He says the college provides equipment that many of his professional contacts in Hollywood use in the industry.
"We're constantly moving with the times," he said. "30 years ago when I was growing up, if you bought a camera you could probably keep it for 20 years. Nowadays... we're having to replace it every two. When students get out on an active set, or if they get hired in the industry, they have to know how to use the current technology."
There's more to making movies than just camera equipment. CSN also provides a state-of-the-art recording studio for sound. And in the case of student Yonus Ford, a space to create his Emmy Award-winning animated project "Lab Save."
Ford explained that CSN students typically begin working on their first film project during their first semester. From there, they begin to build teams that help each other produce quality movies.
"You generally work with the same people, so the culture is pretty close and tight," he said.
The public can see Ford's work, along with other student films, at the CSN Short Film Showcase on Oct. 13 in the Horn Theater on CSN's North Las Vegas Campus.
To see the full list of Emmy winners, click here.
Author's note: Statements have been lightly edited for clarity.