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WNC History

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

2017 — The Applied Industrial Technology training program, specifically advanced manufacturing, receives a boost with the construction of additional lab space.

2017 — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signs a bill at WNC that mandates that other high schools in the state must follow the college’s Jump Start College model and offer the dual-credit program to their students.

2017 — Under Nevada Promise, the college unveils plans to provide the cost of college for many students for the fall semester of 2018.

2016 — Soccer and rodeo debut as club sports.

2016 — WNC’s Applied Industrial Technology department launches the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification, becoming the only college in the West to offer the training program.

2015 — Chet Burton takes over as the college’s president (previously served as the acting and interim president).

2015 — A Veterans Resource Center opens on the Fallon campus.

2014 — The dual-credit Jump Start College debuts, giving Nevada high school students the opportunity to earn an associate degree before graduating from high school.

2013 — A Veterans Resource Center opens on the Carson City campus, operating under the motto of “Vets helping Vets.”

2012 — The Daughters of the American Revolution, John C. Fremont Chapter, recognizes English professor Marilee Swirczek’s stewardship of the traveling exhibition “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” with its 2012 Medal of Honor for Patriotism.

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.

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.

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.

2004 — Joe Dini Jr. Library & Student Center opens on the Carson City campus.

2003 — Jack C. Davis Observatory opens on the Carson City campus.

1999 — Dr. Carol Lucey becomes WNC’s president.

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.

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 an auto paint and body shop, and auto collision and repair.

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.

1995 — Dr. James Randolph assumes the role of college president.

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.

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.

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.

1988 — The Pinon Hall classroom building opens at the Fallon campus.

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.

1985 — Fallon Campus bookstore opens. Fernley Center opens.

1983 — Dr. Anthony Calabro is chosen as president.

1981 — Fallon campus opens — Sage Hall.

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

1974 — Bristlecone Building opens on the new Carson City campus.

1971 — Dr. Jack C. Davis named the founding president of WNC.

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