Developing more college graduates at an earlier age can only benefit Churchill County’s economy.
The Churchill Economic Development Authority, Oasis Academy and Western Nevada College co-hosted the monthly CEDA breakfast on the Fallon campus on Aug. 12 to talk about the success of the Jump Start dual-enrollment program creating younger college grads and the growing partnership between Oasis Academy and WNC.
This budding partnership has enabled more than 100 students to graduate with a college degree at the same time they’ve earned their high school diploma. Now, Oasis Academy students will have a home on the WNC campus. Attendees were able to tour Piñon Hall, which will house Oasis Academy College Prep High School.
“The co-hosted CEDA event in Fallon allowed for us to unveil the continuing developments and enhancements that continue to thrive between WNC and Oasis Academy,” said WNC President Dr. Vincent Solis. “As a result of this amazing partnership, more than 125 students have graduated from WNC with a college degree at the same time they get their high school diploma. The students from Oasis have an astonishing academic success rate of 97 percent, making them one of the highest academic performing groups of students we have at WNC.
“We are very proud of this partnership with Oasis Academy and we are looking forward to many more years of continued success.”
Rochelle Tisdale, Oasis Academy’s principal and chief academic officer, said she is excited about the college prep high school’s new location and the possibilities the partnership with WNC will create for future students.
“We were proud to co-host the first CEDA breakfast since the COVID shutdown,” Tisdale said. “WNC is a great partner and it is amazing to have a college prep high school on a college campus. The future is unlimited when both parties are innovative and willing to be unconventional.”
Fallon Campus Director Holly O’Toole welcomed the group with a shout-out to all of WNC’s partners and community supporters that are part of this vibrant campus.
“The expanded partnership with both Oasis and CCSD will be good for all Churchill County,” O’Toole said.
That sentiment was echoed by Sara L. Beebe, CEDA’s Director of Operations: “The CEDA Business Council is thrilled to be back and very thankful to WNC and Oasis Academy for their partnership and hospitality,” Beebe said.