For nearly 50 years, Western Nevada College has offered affordable and quality education in Nevada.
The dreams of local educators, civic leaders and young minds became a reality when we opened our doors in September 1971. We began our charge for access to higher education without dedicated buildings, using classes throughout the community from Reno to Hawthorne, including the Tahoe Basin. The Carson City campus opened in 1974 with the construction of the Bristlecone building; we expanded our footprint to Fallon in 1981, and our Douglas Campus opened in 1997. We have consistently grown and evolved to meet the needs of a growing and thriving Nevada, and while our history is rich with accomplishments and student success…the best is yet to come. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2021, and look forward to many years of opportunity, innovation and academic excellence!
WNC celebrates its largest graduating class of more than 600 students.
Dr. Vincent Solis becomes WNC’s president.
Under Nevada Promise, the college unveils plans to provide the cost of college for many students for the fall semester of 2018.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signs a bill at WNC that mandates that other high schools in the state must follow the college’s Jump Start College model and offer the dual-credit program to their students.
The Applied Industrial Technology training program, specifically advanced manufacturing, receives a boost with the construction of additional lab space.
The Board of Regents appoints P. Mark Ghan as acting president.
WNC’s Applied Industrial Technology department launches the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification, becoming the only college in the West to offer the training program.
Soccer and rodeo debut as club sports.
A Veterans Resource Center opens on the Fallon campus.
Chet Burton takes over as the college’s president (previously served as the acting and interim president).
The dual-credit Jump Start College debuts, giving Nevada high school students the opportunity to earn an associate degree before graduating from high school.
A Veterans Resource Center opens on the Carson City campus, operating under the motto of “Vets helping Vets.”
The Daughters of the American Revolution, John C. Fremont Chapter, recognizes English professor Marilee Swirczek’s stewardship of the traveling exhibition “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” with its 2012 Medal of Honor for Patriotism.
Western Nevada College inaugurates Nugget Hall in the Aspen Building in recognition of donations from the Carson Nugget to WNC’s “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” touring exhibition.
Western Nevada College celebrates 40 years of academic opportunity for western Nevada. Learn More…
Western Nevada Community College officially becomes Western Nevada College to reflect the college’s expanded mission and academic opportunities, including a new Bachelor of Technology degree in Construction Management.
John L. Harvey baseball field opens at the Carson City campus. New Main Art Gallery and administrative offices open in Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus.
Joe Dini Jr. Library & Student Center opens on the Carson City campus.
Jack C. Davis Observatory opens on the Carson City campus.
The Donald W. Reynolds Center for Technology opens on the Carson City campus, housing drafting, electronics, construction technology and seminar rooms. Jim Randolph High Tech Center opens at Carson High School, providing technology programs in a joint use college-high school facility.
Dr. Carol Lucey becomes WNC’s president.
Cedar Building opens on the Carson City campus, housing nursing, physics and engineering, business, computer labs, criminal justice and more. The new student services wing opens in the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus, expanding Admissions and Records, Counseling Services, Financial Assistance, the Business Office and Human Resources. The Automotive Center on the Carson City campus expands to include an auto paint and body shop, and auto collision and repair.
Douglas Campus opens in Minden – Bently Hall. John Sheldon Trade and Industry Complex opens on the Carson City campus with new machine, automotive and welding laboratories. Central Receiving facility opens at the Carson City campus.
Dr. James Randolph assumes the role of college president.
Family Services Center (now Child Development Center) opens at the Carson City campus, housing the Early Childhood Education program and a child care center/preschool.
Stillwater Hall (now Virgil Getto Hall) opens at the Fallon campus — housing new science and art labs, student services areas, and the first on-campus library and media services area. The library and media services addition opens at the Carson City campus, with the first interactive video classroom.
Aspen Building opens at the Carson City campus, bringing much-needed science and art laboratories, expanding areas for counseling and admissions, and creating the college’s first cafeteria, the (Marvin) Sedway Café.
The Pinon Hall classroom building opens at the Fallon campus.
Local builders and manufacturers donate time and materials to construct a college building for machine tool technology instruction, making Western the only school in Nevada with such a state-of-the-art program.
Fallon Campus bookstore opens. Fernley Center opens.
Dr. Anthony Calabro is chosen as president.
Fallon campus opens — Sage Hall.
Western is split with the north campus in Reno becoming Truckee Meadows Community College.
Bristlecone Building opens on the new Carson City campus.
Sept. 19, 1971
Western Nevada Community College opens its doors in leased facilities, serving Carson City, Reno and most of western Nevada.
Dr. Jack C. Davis named the founding president of WNC. Learn More…
Fast Forward Nearly 50 Years
Students Thrive at WNC
Western Nevada College is steeped with nearly 50 years of growth and educational excellence in Nevada. We are proud of the college’s academic rigor and personalized instruction taught by some of the very best faculty in the state. Our students thrive in small classes, with faculty and staff who care about their success. At WNC, we offer opportunities for students to pursue their career dreams in a more affordable and nurturing environment.
At Western, you can complete the first two years of a bachelor degree for a fraction of the cost of a university. We offer industry-recognized credentials to get you ready for the workplace in as little as a semester, and our online degrees and classes make it possible for you attend WNC while maintaining your commitments to work and family.
Through the generosity of community donors and state-led scholarships and grants, there is more financial aid than ever to help make college possible for you.
Close to Home
Our three campuses are located in the heart of the Nevada you love. Our college has been voted more than once to be among the most beautiful campuses in the country. Our main campus, located in Nevada's capital, is nestled in the foothills of the Sierras and minutes from Lake Tahoe. Our students enjoy access to hiking, skiing, biking, boating and other outdoor recreation.
30 minutes from the Biggest Little City
A trip to the “big” city offers a variety of cultural, entertainment and basic needs. Big-name concerts, museums, zoos, shopping, historic casinos such as the Atlantis and Eldorado, sporting events, and walkways along the majestic Truckee River that allow visitors access to art galleries and restaurants. The growing tech city is also known for its events, such as the Great Reno Balloon Races, the Air Races, River Festival, Artown, Reno Rodeo, Hot August Nights and Barracuda Championship.
40 minutes from the Tahoe shores
Only 40 minutes away is Lake Tahoe — the largest alpine lake in North America. The mesmerizing bright-blue water, snow-capped Sierra, array of wildflowers and majestic pine trees can lift the spirits and brighten the mood of any visitor. The outdoor paradise offers beaches, ski resorts, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, boating, fishing, gaming and a variety of entertainment, including American Century Golf Championship, Lights on the Lake Fireworks, SnowGlobe Music Festival, Octoberfest, Summer Concert Series, Valhalla Renaissance Faire and Tahoe Brewfest.
30 minutes from the Queen of the Comstock
Less than a half-hour away is an exclusive chance to step back into the past and learn about 19th Century Nevada. Home to the “Comstock Lode,” the first silver ore strike in the U.S. that lured hundreds of prospectors to the area with dreams of becoming rich, the town has morphed into a national historic landmark. Virginia City has kept much of its history, from its beautiful Victorian buildings, museums, mines, Old West-style saloons and the V & T Railroad, and offers unique summertime events such as camel and outhouse races.