|Policy:||Policy 3-3-9: Community Education Program||Date Adopted:||May 11, 2004|
|Department:||Academic & Student Affairs||Contact:||Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs|
|Statement:||In accordance with the funding structure for community colleges as determined by the Legislature and the NSHE Board of Regents, the community education program must be self-supporting, separate, and will not compete with state funded instruction.|
Section 1: Background
- The community education program is a component of the WNC mission as it is with most community colleges. It has been the experience here and at other colleges that a viable community education program actually has the effect of enhancing and encouraging enrollment in regular courses.
- Since the WNC Community Education Program has rapidly expanded from limited offerings in 1985 to a major component of the college operation, these policies and procedures document the relationship between community education and state funded courses and programs.
- The goal of life-long learning is essential to the development of our community and therefore a goal of the comprehensive community college.
Section 2: Program Purposes
- Within the context of WNC as a comprehensive community college, the community education program provides:
- Courses and workshops that respond to community cultural and recreational needs.
- Courses and workshops that develop and improve personal and job skills and respond to life-long learning.
- Activities that enhance the quality of life.
- This purpose can be served by a variety of program formats and is characterized by a quick response system to the needs of the community. They are as follows:
- Noncredit courses/community education credit courses
- Noncredit workshops/community education credit workshops
Section 3: Procedures
- An annual estimated budget will be established for the community education program.
- Instructors will be selected and compensated in accordance with the current personnel policy established for community education instructors.
- Program services can be provided by contracting with public/private agencies and entities.
- Only courses offered for community education credit require regular college registration.
- Noncredit activities and courses will have a registration process that is separate from the regular college registration.
- Community education course/workshop numbers and titles will not duplicate regular state course titles and numbers.
- All revenues and expenditures are accounted for in accordance with Nevada System of Higher Education and WNC business office procedures.
- All instructional activities that are less than 15 hours will be noncredit and classified as workshops.
- Instructors for credit community education classes will be hired using the same criteria outlined in the Western Nevada College Staff Information Handbook.
- Courses listed in the Master Course File take precedence over community education courses not only in number and title but also in content and description.
- Information regarding proposed community education courses is to be sent to the appropriate Academic Director.
|Date(s) Revised||September 7, 2010; September 2, 2008; May 11, 2004;||Date(s) Reviewed|
|NSHE Code(s)||NRS Code(s)||277.080; 277.280||NAC Code(s)|
|Code Statement||NSHE Board of Regents' Meeting Minutes 11/82; 11/90; 6/85; 6/91; 9/94; 9/99; 10/02; 12/02 WNC Business Office Procedures WNC Staff Information Handbook|
*Please note: that not all WNC Policies will be referenced in these documents.
NSHE Board of Regents Handbook
Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS)
Nevada Administrative Code (NAC)