WNC News & Notes: Short-term classes accommodate busy schedules
January 5, 2014
Western Nevada College's express classes offer college credit for weekend or short-term classes, which may be a good fit for anyone with busy schedules. Welding, health care, machine shop, algebra and human anatomy are some of the subjects WNC is offering this spring.
"We are working to accommodate many students who work full time and/or have family obligations, which make attending college during the week oftentimes difficult. This semester we are offering a plethora of weekend courses to students," said Sherry Black, WNC academic director for career and technical education.
Algebra review (MATH 092, multiple sections, one unit) meets before the start of the spring semester to prepare students for the math-placement test. Students will receive a review of algebra to refresh previously taught concepts.
Classes are from 1-4:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 13-16, or 9-11:45 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 14-17.
Introduction to general mechanics (AUTO 101, multiple sections, three units) teaches principles, design, construction and maintenance of automobiles. The class covers safety, use of manuals, selection and use of hand tools, and hand-held test instruments. Classes meet from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Jan. 21-31, or Saturdays, Jan. 25-March 15.
Certified inspector-residential (CONS 260, section 1001, 3 units), under-floor inspections for certified inspector (CONS 261, section 1001, one unit), above-floor inspections for certified inspector (CONS 262, section 1001, two units) and supervised residential inspections for certification (CONS 263, section 1001, four units) prepare students for certification in residential inspection. Collectively, the classes fill the minimum requirements needed for licensure for the state of Nevada. CONS 260 meets Monday-Friday, Jan. 20-24, CONS 261 meets Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, CONS 262 meets Saturday and Sunday, March 8-April 6, and CONS 263 meets Saturday and Sunday, April 12-May 4. Classes meet from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Welding I (WELD 211, section 1004, three units); welding II (WELD 221, section 1003, three units); welding III (WELD 231, section 1002, three units); and welding IV (WELD 241, section 1002, three units) give students the knowledge and experience for employment in the field, from an introduction to the fundamentals in welding I to advanced skills and welding processes in welding IV. WELD 211 meets Jan. 21-31, WELD 221 meets Feb. 18-28, WELD 231 meets April 7-18 and WELD 241 meets May 5-16. Classes are from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Healthcare provider CPR (EMS 100, multiple sections 0.5 unit) includes instruction in basic cardiac life-support cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the health care provider. Certification according to the standards of the American Heart Association is issued upon completion of course, which requires passing a written examination and practical demonstration. The course satisfies the CPR requirement for students admitted to the nursing program and nursing assistant and EMS courses. Classes meet from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Saturday, Jan. 18, Sunday, Jan. 19, Saturday, Feb. 1, Saturday, March 15, or Saturday, April 26.
Parent care relations (ECE 121, section 1001, one unit) is an early-childhood-education course that helps students acquire communication skills to enhance parent/caregiver relationships and covers interpersonal communication, listening skills and cooperative problem-solving. Class meets from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 1.
Introduction to special education (EDU 203, section 1002, three units) serves as an introduction to special education and public school students with special needs. This course is intended to help students understand the laws and court cases affecting special education as well as the range of special education services inside and outside the school. Class meets from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 1-March 15.
Human anatomy and physiology I (BIOL 223, section 1003 and 1004, four units) and human anatomy and physiology II (BIOL 224, section 1005 and 1006, four units) are accelerated courses that include a lecture and lab component, and are primarily intended for physical education, pre-nursing and pre-health majors. BIOL 223 meets from 4-6:45 p.m. and 7-9:45 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 21-March 13. BIOL 224 meets 4-6:45 p.m. and 7-9:45 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, March 24-May 15.