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/

Things to Know
Carson Campus Serves as COVID Vaccination Site
More than 500 people turned out for the first vaccine clinic at WNC. Additional clinics at WNC are forthcoming in the next month.
WNC Applauds 408 Students on Fall Dean’s List
To qualify for the Dean's List, students needed to complete at least 12 units and accumulate at least a 3.50 grade point average for the semester.
Find Your Spark in Spring Semester
Choose from photography, ballet, aviation, psychology, fiction writing, astronomy classes, and more, and take your courses in person, flex and online.
Foundation Annual Report Reveals Great Support of WNC, Students
WNC Foundation's annual financial transparency to NSHE reveals how much good is being done to grow the college and support student success.
NSHE Welcomes Four New Regents
NSHE's virtual ceremony on Jan. 15 welcomed Dr. Lois Tarkanian (District 2), Byron Brooks (District 3), Patrick Boylan (District 5) and Joseph Arrascada (District 10) to the 13-member board.
Fallon Welding Program Finds Success, Looks to Future
During fall semester, seven of Hank Wohle's students earned eight American Welding Society certifications, which will help them find quality welding jobs across the country.
Continuing Ed Program Offers More Career Training
For individuals looking to start a new career or advance an existing one, invest in CCA Medical Billing and Coding training, or gain the skills to become a life coach, pharmacy technician, and more through WNC's Continuing Education program.
Foundation Offers More Than $600K in Scholarships
All students are encouraged to apply for scholarship funding through the WNC Foundation in 2021-22. The deadline is April 1, 2021.
WNC Observatory Team Marvels at ‘Great Conjunction’ of Planets
If you missed the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter on Dec. 21, Jack C. Davis Observatory will help you enjoy many more celestial moments in the future.
Good News
Many Retirement Well-Wishes for Former Acting President
During his 15 years at WNC, Mark Ghan has specialized in serving the college's legal counsel needs and overseeing special projects.
Broadway Rising! Caps 2020 with 2 Performances
The WNC and WNMTC virtual choir concluded the year with the release of “For Good” from the musical Wicked and “Once Upon A December” from the musical Anastasia.
Former WNC Financial Aid Coordinator Selected Veteran of Month
Al Camp received the prestigious honor from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak for January 2021 for his commitment and dedication to veterans.
Nevada Magazine Recognizes Two WNC Artists
WNC Gallery Coordinator Marie Nygren and Art Instructor Rob Petersen were selected winners of the 2020 Great Picture Hunt.
Scharmann, O'Toole Top Best of Fallon 2020 List
Readers of the Lahontan Valley News voted former WNC Dean Bus Scharmann, Fallon Campus and Rural Outreach Director Holly O’Toole and former English Instructor Monica Fairbanks Nos. 1-3 in the Best College Professor category.
Student Services Employees Earn Important Certifications
Congratulations to Ambra Reed, Temple Campana, Jessica O'Brien and Susan Trist for earning credentials to better serve WNC's students.
What's Next?
Neel’s ‘Wild Kingdom’ on Display at Virgil Getto Hall
Larry Neels shares his dream come true of being able to photograph wildebeests, elephants, lions, giraffes, cheetahs and leopards in their African environment.
Watch College Behind Bars Film, Live Q&A on Feb. 4
Check out Ken Burns' film, College Behind Bars, at 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, followed by a live Q&A panel discussion, all on Zoom.
Soroptimists to Honor Ramirez, Gladys on Feb. 21
Soroptimist International of Carson City is virtually recognizing Foundation Executive Director Niki Gladys and Latino Leadership Academy Founder/Adviser Lupe Ramirez on Feb. 21.
Next Nursing Program Entrance Exam on Feb. 12
Students must complete the entrance exam no later than during spring semester to be considered for admission into the Fall 2021 Nursing program.
Purchase Student-Designed Notecards, Other Items at Foundation Store
Besides locally themed notecards, the Foundation Store has WNC-themed jackets, vests, beanies, T-shirts, wine glasses, coffee cups and more for purchase.
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