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WNC Express Classes Give Working Students Quicker Path to Degree

Posted: April 29, 2019

Working a full-time job with family and other commitments can make it difficult for many people to believe it is possible to go to school and earn a degree.

However, Western Nevada College is helping individuals reach their educational dreams — and do it faster.

This fall, WNC is launching a new evening class program that will help working students attend and begin earning essential credits toward an associate degree. WNC has created express 8-week classes beginning this fall, and continuing into the spring. English, nutrition, mathematics, psychology, sociology, history, art and geology classes will be offered at times that will allow adults to work full time while attending classes in Carson City, Fallon and Fernley.

With WNC Express, individuals will be able take up to four classes (12 units) per semester and will only need to attend classes four days per week. The express model allows students to focus on two classes per eight-week session.

“The adjusted class start and end times are intended to serve anyone working 8-5 type jobs and ensure an earlier release time in Carson City and Fernley to better serve school/life balance needs,” said Interim Liberal Arts Division Director Kim DesRoches. “The goal is to better serve working students and enables the college to return to Fernley with more in-person classes.”

Here is what is offered at WNC’s Carson City campus in Fall 2019 from Aug. 26 through Oct. 17

  • Nutrition 121 will meet from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesday.
  • English 101 will be offered from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For the second 8 weeks of the semester on Oct. 21 through Dec. 12, students can take:

  • Sociology 101 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m.
  • Mathematics 120 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Importantly, all of those classes count toward 60-credit Associate of Arts and Associate of General Studies degrees.

At the Fallon campus and in Fernley, individuals can start the 8-week express program by enrolling in math and English classes that will prepare them for college-level courses. For Aug. 26 through Oct. 17, they will have these options:

  • English 98 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9:45 p.m. in Fallon and 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Fernley.
  • Math 96 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9:45 p.m. in Fallon and 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Fernley.

For the second eight weeks, individuals can enroll in:

  • English 101 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 9:45 p.m. in Fallon and 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Fernley.
  • Math 120 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9:45 p.m. in Fallon and 6 to 8:45 p.m. in Fernley.

Registration for the Fall semester has started. New students can get started by applying for admission at www.wnc.edu/starthere/.

For more information, contact DesRoches at 775-445-4401 or kim.desroches@wnc.edu.