WNC invites community to tour technical programs

WNC automotive student Bobby Clifford performs a pressure test on his truck's radiator.

WNC automotive student Bobby Clifford performs a pressure test on his truck's radiator.

Students and the community are invited to learn about Western Nevada College’s technical and manufacturing programs on Oct. 3 from 5-8 p.m., as part of the region’s celebration of National Manufacturing Day.

Visitors can tour WNC’s technology programs on the Carson City campus, 2201 West College Parkway, and hear brief presentations from college faculty. They will be able to participate in information sessions and hands-on shop sessions designed to inspire. Anyone attending all sessions will have a chance to win one of two WNC course scholarships, a book scholarship, or other prizes. Admission is free.

WNC’s welding and precision machining programs are aligned with the National Manufacturing Skills Certification System, allowing students to earn nationally transportable credentials for careers in manufacturing. These in-demand programs have positioned WNC as a nationally recognized training institution by the Manufacturers Endorsed Education Alliance.

Several other WNC technical programs that support manufacturing will be on display, including automated systems, construction project management and general industrial technology.

Kevin Edwards, WNC Manufacturing Day coordinator, said that connecting with the next generation of workers is the inspiration behind the event.

“The goal is to help people realize that advanced training exists here at our college that aligns with local, regional and national industry needs,” he said.

In addition to the WNC event, a number of area manufacturers are offering a tour for the public on Oct. 4. Among the manufacturers confirmed are Click Bond, Cinc Industries, Micromanipulator, Vitamin Research Products, CGI Inc., Custom Stamping, RedCo and Durabond of Carson City; Electratherm of Reno; North Sails, GE Bently Nevada, American International Tooling and AVK of Minden; Vineburg of Mound House; and Jensen Precast, Ebara, NOW Foods and Hood EIC of Sparks.

“It’s an opportunity for students to see firsthand the many types of occupations that make up a manufacturing company, from production to machining and welding, to sales, human resources and accounting,” said Jonathan Begley of Dream It Do It Nevada, a sponsor of Manufacturing Day events.

To register or for information on each manufacturing event, go to www.mfgday.com/events or call 775-445-3241. For information on the manufacturing tours, call Begley at 775-445-4299. Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or teacher.


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