Western Nevada CollegeWestern Nevada College Policies

Policy i: History, Mission & Goals

WNC Policy i
Procedure: History, Mission & Goals
Policy No.: Introduction: i


Western Nevada College (WNC) is a comprehensive community college, which serves more than 6,000 students each semester within an 18,000-square-mile service area. One of four community colleges authorized by the Nevada Legislature and governed by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, it is accredited by the Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Western Nevada College opened its doors in leased facilities, serving Carson City, Reno, and most of western Nevada on September 19, 1971. In 1974, the Bristlecone Building opened on the Carson City Campus. In 1976, WNC split with the north campus in Reno. The Fallon Campus opened Sage Hall in 1981.

In 1987, the local builders and manufacturers donated time and materials to construct the machine tool technology building. The machine tool technology program was considered a state-of-the-art program.

The Piñion Hall classroom building opened on the Fallon Campus in 1988. The Aspen Building on the Carson City Campus opened in 1991 and brought the much needed science and art laboratories to campus and expanded the areas for counseling and admissions. The (Marvin) Sedway Cafe was also created.

In 1992, Stillwater Hall opened at the Fallon Campus and housed a new science and art labs, student services areas, and the first on-campus library and media services area. The Library and media services additions opened at the Carson City Campus followed by the Child Development Center in 1993.

In 1997 with Bently Hall opening on the Douglas Campus in Minden, Nevada, and the John Sheldon Trade and Industrial Complex opening on the Carson City Campus.

In 1999, the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Technology opened at the Carson City Campus. The WNC High Tech Center also opened at Carson High School and providing technology programs in a joint use college-high school facility.

The Jack C. Davis Observatory opened in 2003 and the Joe Dini, Jr. Library and Student Center opened at the Carson City Campus in 2004.

To serve residents in smaller communities of western Nevada, WNC offers a combination of interactive video, online and on site classes. Interactive video classes are offered in Fernley and Yerington at designated community locations. Through partnerships with local school districts and city governments, Western Nevada College is able to offer evening courses in rural communities that meet requirements leading to an associate degree. Students may also choose from dozens of online courses offered each semester that can supplement interactive video classes to achieve a degree and prepare for transfer to a university.


Western Nevada College inspires success in our community through opportunities that cultivate creativity, intellectual growth and technological excellence, in an environment that nurtures individual potential and respects differences.


  1. Student Success
    • Students graduate with a degree or certificate
    • Students are engaged in the college experience
  2. Institutional Excellence
    • Western Nevada College is the educational institution of choice in western Nevada
    • All academic programming is of the highest quality
    • All support programs and services meet the needs of the WNC community
    • WNC has an exemplary system of governance and management
    • Western Nevada College strives for institutional sustainability
  3. One College Serving Many Communities
    • Promotes access to higher education in western Nevada
    • Serves as a catalyst for personal and community enrichment
    • Promotes community connections
Date Adopted and Dates Revised
Date Adopted Dates Revised December 2, 2014; September 2, 2008
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Date Printed: September 21, 2019