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Western Nevada College News & Notes: Short-term classes starting

By Western Nevada College

There is no need to delay taking classes until next year at Western Nevada College.

WNC has you covered with a variety of late-start classes during the current fall semester.

These classes are almost exclusively offered online starting on Oct. 26 and ending the week before the Christmas holidays, but there are a few exceptions. Build your schedule with classes including communication, education, management, CISCO Technologies, blueprint reading, golf, political science, American Sign Language and counseling and personal development.

Here are the late-start classes that WNC is offering this fall — all of which will begin in either October of November (in person classes are noted):

• Intro to Group Communication (COM 215) beginning Oct. 26

• Counseling and Personal Development, Career Choices & Changes (CPD 123) beginning Oct. 26

• Cisco Technologies class, CCNA Routing Protocols (CSCO 121), sessions offered in person and on web starting Oct. 26-Dec. 16

• Early Childhood Education: Observation Skills (ECE 122) and Principles of Child Guidance (ECE 204) beginning Oct. 26

• Education classes: Nevada School Law (EDU 210) and Teachers Technology (EDU 214) starting Oct. 26

• Recreation and Physical Education: Golf (PEX 117) — Sessions are offered Oct. 5-Nov. 9 and Nov. 11-30 at the Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes Golf Club

• Human Development and Family Studies (Lifespan Human Development HDFS 201) beginning Oct. 26

• Management classes, Principles of Management (MGT 201) and Fundamentals of Management Theory Practice (MGT 310) beginning Oct. 26

• Political Science, Nevada Constitution (PSC 100) starting Oct. 26

• American Sign Language, ASL II (AM 146) beginning Oct. 26

• Blueprint Reading for Industry (DFT 110) offered in person Nov. 17-30

• Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 223) offered in person with some lab work beginning Oct. 26. Note: There are prerequisites for this course.

For a full list of classes and course descriptions, go to wnc.edu/class-schedule/.

For information about becoming a student at WNC, go to http://www.wnc.edu/starthere.

University Police Services donates to WNC Food & Hygiene Pantry

University Police Services, which provides a safer learning environment for Western Nevada College and other Nevada System of Higher Education institutions, has taken its service to students one step further.

The department recently donated $650 to WNC Foundation for the college’s new Food & Hygiene Pantry. The money will help stock the pantry that is earmarked to open this semester to help students meet their basic needs.

“We have seen the impact that COVID has had on our students at the main campus, with student workers having to be laid off, and on our student population, in general, so we’re trying to come up with ways that we can help,” said University Police Services Northern Command Lt. John Galicia. “A lot of students have come to Student Services and don’t have a way to pay for rent.”

Consequently, the officers and staff came up with a unique way to fundraise in their department: contribute $40 per month to the cause and be rewarded with relaxed grooming standards. Essentially, that meant that officers could grow facial hair or add some colorful streaks to their hair.

“We came up with relaxed policy grooming standards and it took off,” Galicia said. “It was strictly on a volunteer basis. If somebody wanted to continue in policy, they didn’t have to donate money.”

The four-month fundraiser enabled University Police Services to donate to all of the colleges it serves.

“We’re only here because of our students and it takes that servant leadership that we have one step further, and if we have the opportunity to make that kind of positive impact in the community we serve, we are going to take that all the way,” Galicia said.

WNC plans to open the pantry during the current fall semester in the Student Center in the Joe Dini Building.

Grant helps retrain laid-off workers through WNC for Nevada Manufacturing Careers 

Nevadans who have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be retrained at no cost to work in high-demand manufacturing careers with a federal grant from Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

The Manufacturing Technician (MT1) Express Online Certification Prep is a new program offered through Western Nevada College, in partnership with Empower America; Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno; and Nevada Industry Excellence.

The Manufacturing Technician (MT1) Express online certification preparation will retrain people for a high-demand position with manufacturing companies throughout Nevada. Students will gain foundational knowledge of the fundamental skills needed in advanced manufacturing, including math and measurement, quality and Lean concepts, and an introduction to manufacturing processes. Problem-solving strategies are developed while learning about simple machines and industrial systems through practice with computer and web-based tools.

To be eligible for free training, people need to be Nevada residents with a high school diploma or equivalency.

In the second half of the training, students may have the opportunity to interview for hundreds of jobs with companies throughout Nevada that have job openings, including Panasonic Energy of North America and Sierra Nevada Corp.

Manufacturing Technician (MT1) Express Online Certification Prep includes two self-paced, online college courses offered through the Automation and Industrial Technology Center at WNC.

Students successfully completing the coursework will have the opportunity to earn their nationally recognized Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification though three industry certification exams. The first course, AIT 101: Fundamentals of Applied Industrial Technology, is offered Oct. 12 through Dec. 18. The second course, AIT-200: Applied Industrial Technology Projects, is offered Oct. 26 through Dec. 18. The program requires basic computer skills and computer access with high-speed Internet. 

The Manufacturing Technician Certification is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. 

Interested individuals from Northern Nevada can get more information and learn if they qualify for the retraining grant by contacting Aubrey Nelson of Community Services Agency at 775-786-6023, ext. 1021 or anelson@csareno.org.