WNC News and Notes: Start of fall semester nears

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Time is winding down to ensure your spot at Western Nevada College for fall semester.
Classes begin Monday, Aug. 30 and there are many in-person classes to choose from, including biology, chemistry, emergency medical services, nursing assistant, English, geology, mathematics, psychology, welding, painting, ceramics and auto mechanics.
Students are eligible for technology scholarships in some of these areas, including EMS, nursing assistant, welding and auto mechanics. The William N. Pennington CTE Scholarship allows students to elevate their careers through relevant education and training. To apply for this scholarship opportunity through WNC Foundation, go to wnc.edu/scholarship.
The Financial Assistance Office is a critical resource for students to ensure that they are maximizing their benefits. WNC students can receive up to $1,800 this semester through the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III, which was authorized by the American Rescue Plan. Students who are not automatically awarded emergency relief funds are encouraged to submit a HEERF III Emergency Grant Application at https://www.wnc.edu/financial. Students can use this application to request additional HEERF funds for fall 2021. Students can also use the application to request assistance with past due balances incurred during the pandemic. Students are encouraged to apply soon as funds are limited.
WNC’s Financial Assistance Office is available to help answer questions related to HEERF III awards and the application process. Please contact the office at finaid1@wnc.edu or 775-445-3264.
In addition, there is new funding available for Native Americans. Effective for the fall 2021 semester, the Nevada System of Higher Education has approved a fee waiver established by Assembly Bill 262 for Native American students who are members or descendants of a federally recognized Indian tribe or nation in Nevada, have resided in Nevada for at least a year and meet academic requirements. Native American students need to complete the required application to determine their eligibility. Find the form at Admissions & Records forms and downloads page or at wnc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/NSHENativeAmericanFeeWaiverForm_Accessible_-8.3.21.pdf. Students attending WNC must submit their completed forms to Lorraine Plympton of Admissions and Records at lorraine.plympton@wnc.edu or admissions.records@wnc.edu. For more information about the fee waiver, contact Plympton at 775-445-3279.
To better serve its students, WNC has replaced its on-campus bookstore with a full-service online shop presented by Textbook Brokers. Students can order textbooks, eBooks, digitally delivered coursework and fully emblematic WNC merchandise at wncbookstore.com. Students can place their orders from their own electronics devices or use an ordering kiosk in Getto Hall. Once their student ID is entered, the necessary course materials for the semester will appear. Orders must be shipped to their personal mailing address.
Students who are still planning their schedules, can refer to a schedule of fall semester classes online at wnc.edu/class-schedule/. Continuing students can register through their myWNC accounts. Individuals planning to attend WNC for the first time can apply for admission at www.wnc.edu/starthere/. To learn more about WNC’s academic programs and degree requirements, see the Academic Program Guide at https://www.wnc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/AcProgram_2021_12.pdf
For more information, phone 775-445-3379 or email fallon@wnc.edu..

Graphic design education provides Shania Brown with career in Fallon
Growing up in rural Nevada, Shania Brown had a passion for artwork, drawing and painting from a young age. She knew whatever direction she chose for a career, art had to be part of it. She graduated as valedictorian from Gabbs High School in a class of five students.
After graduating, she needed to choose a college that was still close to her tight-knit family, was affordable and offered the flexibility she needed. Western Nevada College’s Fallon campus met and exceeded all three of those criteria. She enrolled and began working on her Associate of Arts degree.

Shania Brown


While taking classes she became employed as a work study student in the administrative offices. Shania not only gained valuable work experience in both customer service skills and day-to-day office operations but also was able to apply skills she was learning in the classroom to create and design materials for the campus’s Continuing Education Program.She completed her Associate of Arts degree in 2016 and went on to complete the Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design in May 2018.
“The flexibility in online and in-person learning gave me the ability to complete my degrees in a timely manner,” Shania said. “I am extremely grateful for the knowledge and skills I learned in WNC’s Graphic Design program that provided the strong foundation I needed to now complete my bachelor’s. The proximity to family, scholarships received through the WNC Foundation and knowledge and skills gained through the college have been invaluable to my career.”
Shania transferred her WNC classes and has now gone on to complete a bachelor’s degree. She is also currently employed full time locally as a web designer with CC Communications and is excited to become a first-time homeowner.

WNC seeking CDL instructor
WNC is looking to hire an instructor for its Commercial Driver's License Program on the Fallon campus.
The applicant should have a CDL license and some driving experience. The instructor will work 17-32 hours per week (up to the instructor) with a flexible schedule.
For information about the position, phone 775-445-3357 or email lauren.slemenda@wnc.edu.


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