About WNC

WNC History

The main entrance to the Carson City campus.
The main entrance to the Carson City campus.

Since 1971, Western Nevada College has been providing a wide range of educational opportunities to the people of Western Nevada, including college degrees, certificates, university transfer courses, work force training, and community education. The college is based in Nevada's capital, Carson City, with rural campuses in Fallon and Minden. Western also provides services to smaller Nevada communities, including Fernley, Yerington and Smith Valley. By offering diverse degree, certificate and university transfer programs, scheduling classes at convenient times and in convenient locations, and providing online as well as in-person classes, WNC helps to ensure students a positive and successful college experience.

WNC Hallmarks

September 19, 1971 - Western Nevada Community College opens its doors in leased facilities, serving Carson City, Reno, and most of western Nevada.

1974 - Bristlecone Building opens on the new Carson City Campus.

1979 - Western is split with the north campus in Reno becoming Truckee Meadows Community College.

1981 - Fallon Campus opens - Sage Hall.

1985 - Fallon Campus bookstore opens. Fernley Center opens.

1987 - Local builders and manufacturers donate time and materials to construct a college building for machine tool technology instruction, making Western the only school in Nevada with such a state-of-the-art program.

1988 - The Pinon Hall classroom building opens at the Fallon Campus.

1991 - Aspen Building opens at the Carson City Campus, bringing much needed science and art laboratories, expanding areas for counseling and admissions, and creating the college's first cafeteria, the (Marvin) Sedway Café.

1992 - Stillwater Hall (now Virgil Getto Hall) opens at the Fallon Campus - housing new science and art labs, student services areas, and the first on-campus library and media services area. The library and media services addition opens at the Carson City campus, with the first interactive video classroom.

1993 - Family Services Center (now Child Development Center) opens at the Carson City Campus, housing the Early Childhood Education program and a child care center/preschool.

1997 - Douglas Campus opens in Minden - Bently Hall. John Sheldon Trade and Industry Complex opens on the Carson City campus with new machine, automotive, and welding laboratories. Central Receiving facility opens at the Carson City Campus.

1998 - Cedar Building opens on the Carson City Campus, housing nursing, physics and engineering, business, computer labs, criminal justice, and more. The new student services wing opens in the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City Campus, expanding Admissions and Records, Counseling Services, Financial Assistance, the Business Office, and Human Resources. The Automotive Center on the Carson City Campus expands to include auto paint and body shop, and auto collision and repair.

1999 - The Donald W. Reynolds Center for Technology opens on the Carson City Campus, housing drafting, electronics, construction technology, and seminar rooms. Jim Randolph High Tech Center opens at Carson High School, providing technology programs in a joint use college-high school facility.

2003 - Jack C. Davis Observatory opens on the Carson City Campus.

2004 - Joe Dini Jr. Library & Student Center opens on the Carson City Campus.

2006 - John L. Harvey baseball field opens at the Carson City campus. New Main Art Gallery and administrative offices open in Bristlecone Building on the Carson City Campus.

2007 - Western Nevada Community College officially becomes Western Nevada College to reflect the college's expanded mission and academic opportunities, including a new Bachelor of Technology degree in Construction Management.

2011 - Western Nevada College celebrates 40 years of academic opportunity for western Nevada.

2011 - Western Nevada College inaugurates Nugget Hall in the Aspen Building in recognition of donations from the Carson Nugget to WNC's "Always Lost, A Meditation on War" touring exhibition.



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