Governor Brian Sandoval went directly to the source — the students — to learn what Western Nevada College is doing to educate and train Nevadans in Career and Technical fields.
WNC teaching assistants/students Maricela Segura and Travis McDonald attended the Governor’s Year of STEM launch event Sept. 19 at Sparks High School, representing the college’s Career and Technical program, including Machine Tool Technology and Advanced Manufacturing.
Besides Sandoval, Segura and McDonald met with Brian Mitchell of the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology at the daylong conference. They also met industry professionals in attendance.
“One of the most valuable experiences WNC students will gain from Western Nevada College is the ability to interact directly with professionals who are working in the industrial technology fields,” said WNC Electronics and Industrial Technology Professor Emily Howarth.
Segura and McDonald are also studying in technical fields at WNC. The conference gave them the opportunity to inform others about their educational experiences and training at WNC.
“They were excited to tell others about what we do and how we do it, especially focusing on how our connections to local employers give students the opportunity to learn about many different workplace environments,” Howarth said.
Both students expressed how gratifying it is to meet with industry professionals and the opportunities they are receiving that might not be available at larger schools.
“I’m so proud to tell others about the great teaching teams at WNC and how everyone at the college is focused on students being successful,” Segura said. “WNC partners directly with the companies that want to hire us, and our programs prepare students for working in industry.”
McDonald added, “WNC offers opportunities that you can’t get at big schools. It is great to be able to show what we do and tell others that they should come join us. Everything you need to be successful is right here.”