WNC News and Notes: Donation to help fund scholarships for auto restoration students

Automotive Mechanics students started restoring a 1953 Cadillac during the fall semester at Western Nevada College in Carson City.

Automotive Mechanics students started restoring a 1953 Cadillac during the fall semester at Western Nevada College in Carson City.

Carson City developer Garth Richards’ passion as an auto collector and restorer has again touched the automotive mechanics program at Western Nevada College.

Richards recently donated $25,000 to the program that, in part, will enable instructor Jason Spohr to offer an auto restoration class during spring semester.

Richards previously provided a third-generation classic 1953 Cadillac convertible to the automotive mechanics program, helping WNC create an auto restoration class last year: Special Topics in Automotive Mechanics (AUTO 198).

Part of Mr. Richards’ donation will be used to provide funding awards to students enrolling in the auto restoration class.

Richards also owns Silver Oak Golf Course, which has hosted the annual WNC Golf for Education tournament for the past few years.

“Mr. Richards has been an important and generous partner to the college. We are very grateful for his continued support,” said WNC Foundation Executive Director Niki Gladys.

Richards’ car collection once totaled 200 restored cars that dated back to the 1950s and 1960s when, in his eyes, Crosley, Kaiser, Frazer, Cadillac and the T-Bird were kings of the road.

Previously, Spohr’s classes restored a 1965 Ford Mustang and they began restoration work on a 1952 Willys Jeep and 1969 Chevrolet Camaro this past fall.

Spohr said the focus of the restoration class will be to recondition the original 331-cubic-inch engine.

“This is a unique opportunity to be able to rebuild an engine that was so well-preserved with all original parts intact ... unusual for a 65-year-old vehicle,” Spohr said. “Tasks will include performing all cylinder head work, including a three-angle valve job, and testing and assembly of all valve train components. We will be installing all bearings, oil system components, crankshaft, pistons and teaching how to take critical measurements using industry standard tools. Every part down to all nuts, bolts and washers will be individually cleaned, inspected and treated with a factory finish. This portion of the restoration is exciting since the complete overhaul of an engine is becoming an increasingly rare occurrence.”

After the class completes the engine reconditioning for the 1953 Cadillac, Spohr plans to have students complete the installation of the steering and suspension components and all brake hardware and components before the arduous task of refurbishing the electrical system of the vehicle.

“The restoration of this vehicle will include tasks and skills which are taught in all the individual automotive courses we offer in order to obtain the AAS degree,” Spohr said. “Even though it is a classic vehicle, all of the skills needed to perform these tasks are very relevant to modern automobile repair. This three-unit class can be used towards the degree if a student chooses to do so.”

The Western Nevada College Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 that connects the college to the community for the purpose of raising funds and developing friendships that support college strategic initiatives, projects and student scholarships.

The foundation provides academic scholarships in partnership with WNC employees, community members, corporations and private foundations.

For information about forming your own scholarship, call the foundation office at 775-445-3239. Students wishing to apply for scholarships can visit wnc.edu/scholarships to begin the application process.

To learn more about joining the restoration class or WNC’s Automotive Mechanics program, contact Spohr at Jason.Spohr@wnc.edu or 775-445-4270.

WNC Class to Help Current or Aspiring Substitute Teachers with Classroom Management

Substitute teachers are in demand in Nevada, including the Carson City School District.

For those already serving as a substitute teacher and for those wishing to become one, Western Nevada College is offering a class to help them in the classroom.

Management Methods for Substitutes (EPD 276) is offered Saturdays, Feb. 10 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Carson City campus. This course is designed to assist substitute teachers with developing successful classroom management strategies in order to create a better environment for themselves and students. Specifically, students will explore and discover new strategies, receive a handbook with practical activities and create “make-and-take” activities.

To substitute teach in Nevada, individuals need to be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. with a valid permanent resident card.

“We need substitutes every year; it’s not just our school district, it’s nationwide,” said Jose Delfin, Carson City School District associate superintendent, human resources. “We use them every day. We’re right in the middle of flu season. Everyone gets sick this time of the year, people need to take medical leave and personal time off.”

In addition, subs must have earned a minimum of 60 semester credits or an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.

Delfin said it takes about four to six weeks to earn a Nevada substitute teaching license, which includes finger printing and drug testing.

For information about WNC’s upcoming class, phone 775-445-4272, or email instructor Michelle Rousselle at michelle.rousselle@wnc.edu. Register at https://www.wnc.edu/class-schedule/. Join WNC in Celebrating Opening of New Biophysical Science Laboratory

The public is invited to attend WNC’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new William N. Pennington Biophysical Science Laboratory at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 in the Aspen Building on the Carson City campus.

Join WNC Acting President Mark Ghan and Dr. Steve Carman in celebrating the grand opening of WNC’s chemistry and human cadaver laboratories. These new labs offer state-of-the-art technology, feature a unique theatre-in-the-round learning environment and have increased student capacity — thanks to the generosity of the William N. Pennington Foundation.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP at foundation@wnc.edu.


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