Happy 50th Anniversary!
Starting in small office buildings, an eventual children’s museum and a secondary school in 1971, Western Nevada College (then Western Nevada Community College) was doing all it could to accommodate the hundreds of students enrolled in that first fall semester.
Those vocational and technical education students, including nurses, were the fulfillment of then-Governor Paul Laxalt’s higher education vision of forming a community college system in Nevada.
Although it would take until 1973 before land for a central campus was located in the northern section of Carson City by the college’s first president, Dr. Jack C. Davis, and another year before Bristlecone, the campus’ first building was in place, the two-year community college was on its way.
Now, as the college celebrates its 50th anniversary year, WNC continues to grow with three campuses, multiple resource and learning centers, cohorts, robust online course offerings and varied fundraising efforts, the college is positioned to serve students throughout the state and accommodate individuals who must maintain commitments to work and family.
To read more about how the college started and the progress it has made, go to wnc.edu/laxalt-wnc-50th/