Construction management instructor joins college faculty

Western Nevada College has hired Haytham Mahmoud, Ph.D, to teach construction technology and to help WNC continue to build its Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management program.

Mahmoud brings more than 20 years of collegiate teaching experience in computer design, construction and information technology.

He has an extensive background in construction consulting and research, is a member of several of the industry's most recognized organizations, and has authored articles and books related to construction technology and information technology.

Mahmoud says he sees his new position at Western as an opportunity to "make a positive contribution to the construction industry, learn from my students, and give back to the community through consulting and construction projects."

He plans to focus on bringing successful, local construction leaders into the classroom experience for his students, and he sees himself as a mentor to his students.

"The students (at WNC) bring skills with them to the program, because many of them have worked in construction.

"What I can provide them is guidance and support," says Mahmoud.

Mahmoud completed his undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a Master of Science degree in Information Technology at the University of Alexandria in Egypt.

He also holds a Master of Science in engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. Mahmoud earned his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1998.

For information about the WNC Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management, contact Counseling Services - 445-3267.

Special Interest Classes On Tap This Spring

Want to develop personal or career skills? WNC is offering non-credit continuing education classes in more than 60 topics this spring. Offerings include Basics of e-Bay Selling, Website Today, Profit Tomorrow - Building a Website, Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Zumba, R.I.P.P.E.D. - total-body fitness, Emotional Management, Movies and Mental Illness, Self Management, Professional Communication, Anthropology of Science Fiction, Archaeology of the Great Basin, Discovering Nutritional Supplements, Everyday Genetics and Prehistory of the Great Basin. Upcoming classes of particular interest in the community include:

• Baby-sitting Certification, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18. Open to anyone 11 years old and up, this class uses American Red Cross curriculum to teach students to be professional and responsible baby-sitters. The class covers interviewing and preparing for a baby-sitting job, basic skills of childcare and first-aid, and games and techniques to entertain children. Upon completion, students will be mailed an American Red Cross completion card. Cost: $72, and includes book and DVD. Students should bring a sack lunch.

• Adult/Child/Infant CPR, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15. The class prepares students to respond in the event of a medical emergency, using an automated external defibrillator (AD) and other first response techniques. This class is open to anyone 11 years old and up, and is intended for non-medical students and professionals. Cost: $45.

Women's Self Defense, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 16-March 15. Students will learn how to protect and defend themselves, through awareness of self and surroundings, and physical strength. Cost: $85.

• Introduction to Solar Energy, 9 a.m.- noon, Saturdays, Feb. 11 - March 3 (students can still register, and an additional section is planned). The class introduces passive and active solar, and off-grid homes. Students will learn ways to save energy at home through passive solar techniques and have the opportunity to visit several styles of solar homes. Cost: $50.

For registration/information, contact WNC Continuing Education, 445-4268.


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