The Governor has extended the state’s emergency declaration to April 30, and is urging Nevadan’s to stay home in order to continue our fight against the Coronavirus. This requires Western Nevada College to make additional modifications to our plans for instruction and college operations.
Remote/online teaching and learning will continue for the majority of our courses through the end of the spring semester. Academic changes in light of this new directive are as follows:
- Career and technical education classes (WELD, AUTO, MTT, AIT, etc.) and Science Lab Classes (BIO, CHEM, etc.) will continue with remote/online instruction only. In-person lab times will be suspended until further notice. Each instructor is working to help students complete the semester virtually, and they are looking to add online instructional materials. Additionally, the college is exploring options to provide time for hands-on instruction later if/when possible.
- All proctored testing will be suspended until at least April 30. At the point that testing resumes, they will be scheduled by appointment only.
- WNC libraries will be closed until at least April 30. Learning and Innovation staff continues to support students and faculty with online resources and academic coaching.
- Nursing and allied health classes (NURS, EMS) will continue in limited capacity, moving to remote/online instruction as much as possible. Labs and clinicals will continue per established medical and CDC protocols, which includes social distancing and groups of 10 or less. Students in these classes will be advised by their instructors on options for these classes.
All campus locations will remain closed for physical operations, and all employees are working remotely. Student services including admissions, financial aid and advising/counseling will continue to serve our students virtually using email, phone and video conferencing. All other WNC services also continue, but are being done remotely.
Our May 18 Commencement Ceremony will be postponed in light of the ongoing uncertainty about when our community can gather again. We have asked our graduates to tell us how they’d like to celebrate their accomplishments, and we expect to be able to announce an alternative plan for commencement soon.
Classes scheduled for summer will be delivered online. We will also be adding more summer classes to the schedule in the coming weeks, giving students more options for maintaining or accelerating their studies.
We remain committed to our students and our state through this time, and look forward to the time when we can be together again. Please visit the college website at www.wnc.edu for ongoing updates.