For 17 years, the Western Nevada College Douglas Campus has been a convenient, more affordable place for local residents to attend college classes. Students earn associate degrees, prepare for transfer to other schools, and earn certifications that lead to jobs. Now, the college is expanding its services in two new partnerships with the Douglas County School District.
Jump Start College is an initiative that allows high-achieving high school students to attend WNC college classes on campus during their junior and senior years of high school.
In addition, students who attend Aspire Academy, the school districtâ€™s alternative high school, will soon head to the WNC Douglas campus for their high school studies.
The partnership enables Aspire Academy students to attend classes at the WNC Douglas campus in the morning and early afternoon, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jumpstart College students will attend Monday-Thursday, 9:55-11:10 a.m.
Then, from 2 to10 pm., WNC Douglas college students will have full use of the campus, including classrooms, laboratories and student services areas, as well as a gathering area and outdoor patio for studying and eating.
â€œIt is an arrangement that we hope works for both the school district and the college,â€ said Mark Ghan, WNC Vice President for Administrative Services and Human Resources.
â€œThe partnership truly benefits all the partners, allowing high school students experience a college learning environment,â€ he said. â€œStudents will have access to more academic opportunities. And, sharing resources allows both the college and school district to stretch scarce financial resources and be more financially