Enrolling in at least one semester of classes at Western Nevada College can help a student redirect or improve upon their professional career path.
During the upcoming spring semester, WNC is offering accelerated classes in welding and Microsoft Networking, as well as real estate and education courses that will prepare students for state licensing and more earning power. In addition, students who aspire to launch their own businesses, can learn the ins and outs of the process through a new entrepreneurial class.
Spring semester classes start Tuesday, Jan. 20, and students may add full-term courses on my.WNC.edu through Monday, Jan. 26. Students can register online at www.wnc.edu.
Real Estate 101 and 103 are available to students on Carson City campus, preparing them for the state real estate exam. Real Estate 101 meets from 4 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for the first eight weeks of the semester, followed by Real Estate 103 during the same meeting times for the final eight weeks of the semester.
â€œIt’s a great opportunity for students to complete the requirements for the state exam with a workable schedule,â€ said WNCâ€™s Sherry Black, director of career and technical education who was recently appointed as the director of the WNCâ€™s Fallon campus.
Accelerated welding classes are available to students attending the Fallon and Carson City campuses. By the end of the semester, students will be able to sit for the American Welding Society certification exams to become a certified welder, according to Black.
In Fallon, those classes are meeting from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through the end of the semester. In Carson City, the accelerated classes are meeting from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
For those with an interest in becoming a substitute teacher, Fallonâ€™s campus is offering Education 210: Nevada School Law on four Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class is required for anyone pursuing a substitute teaching license or a K-12 teaching license, which is required by the Nevada Department of Education.
â€œThis is a great way for students to fulfill this requirement in a short amount of time,â€ Black said.
If students prefer to take their classes online, WNC is offering accelerated Microsoft Networking courses. CIT 211, 212, 213 and 214 provides students with more expertise with desktop, server and networking components.
â€œThe required areas of study are mandated by Microsoft to complete the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert core requirements,â€ Black said.
Students interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of launching a business should enroll in ENT 200: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship, a first-time offering by the college.
The class will meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Business Resource Innovation Center in Carson City.
Michael Salogga will lead students through the basics of entrepreneurship and examine the characteristics of entrepreneurs, the cycle of entrepreneurship, idea generation and validation of an ideaâ€™s ability to become successful, how to present a business idea to potential investors and how to take the plunge into the business world.
Scott Morrison, WNCâ€™s Liberal Arts director, suggests several classes that will help students meet their elective and general education requirements:
â€¢ JOUR 120: Media in Modern Life:
This class led by David Calvert will explore the profound transition from life with mass media to life in networked media. The course researches the meaning of media through anthropological, political and historical perspectives. It meets from 7 to 9:45 p.m. on Mondays.
â€¢ GEOL 100: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Natural Disasters: Students have the option have the option of taking this general education science credit on person or online.
The class investigates geology of the dynamic Earth: natural hazards and catastrophes, and geology of natural resources. Four laboratory experiences are included. All three campuses will offer this class, including at Carson City from 7 to 9:45 p.m. on Mondays and 1 to 3:45 p.m. on Thursdays; in Fallon from 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays; and at Douglas from 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. A schedule for online offerings will be determined.
â€¢ BIOL 100: General Biology for Non-Science Majors: This in-person class provides an undergraduate with general education credit.
It covers fundamental concepts and theories of life science. Major topics include cellular/molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics, evolutions and ecology. Students are required to participate in four labs. Carson City classes either 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or 7 to 9:45 p.m. Thursdays. On the Douglas campus, the class meets from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and in Fallon, the class runs from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays.