WNC News and Notes: Fallon graduation ceremony set for May 27

Western Nevada College students participate in the Parade of Graduates at the Fallon campus on June 25.

Western Nevada College students participate in the Parade of Graduates at the Fallon campus on June 25.

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Once again, Western Nevada College graduates will be able to enjoy commencement ceremonies on campus during a time when the health pandemic has severely reduced in-person events.

For the second time, WNC is planning to hold its graduation ceremonies on campus. The 2020-21 graduates from the Fallon campus will participate in a drive-through ceremony on Thursday, May 27.

The Parade of Graduates will begin at 9 a.m. and provide each student with the opportunity to be acknowledged for their hard work and dedication by crossing a decorated stage and being cheered by dignitaries, WNC faculty and staff, and others.

“We hosted successful drive-through celebrations last year that were well-received by the graduates and their families and friends who attended,” said WNC Commencement Coordinator Dianne Hilliard, director of Admissions & Records and registrar.

Graduation ceremonies are being planned May 24-25 on the Carson campus.

To ensure the safety of graduates and supporting staff, social distancing measures and other COVID safety guidelines will be in place for the ceremonies.

Internet subsidy available for Pell Grant recipients 
If Western Nevada College students are receiving federal student aid in the form of a Pell Grant, they are eligible for a federal subsidy.

The Federal Communications Commission recently announced a program to help students struggling to pay for internet amid the health pandemic, stating that a household is eligible to receive the benefit if one member of the household received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year.

Under the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, eligible households can receive up to $50 per month to help pay for broadband internet service. Written or electronic confirmation from a student’s school that the individual is a Pell Grant recipient will serve as verification for the program or a student’s financial aid award letter documenting the amount of their Pell Grant award received for the current year.

A copy of a student’s paid invoice that shows the student’s receipt of a Pell Grant during the current award year or a copy of the student’s Student Aid Report will all serve as proper documentation, according to the notice from the FCC.

For information, contact WNC’s Financial Aid Office at 775-445-3264 or finaid1@wnc.edu..

Vote for ASWN officers through April 2
Students announced their intentions to run for an Associated Students of Western Nevada office earlier this month. Now, it’s up to the student body to elect and support officers for the 2021-22 school year.
Voting will take place through April 2. While voting for student officers, students can also vote on WNC Faculty Member of the Year, Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year and Adviser of the Year.

By joining ASWN, in addition to representing WNC’s student body, officers organize fun events on campus, serve on college committees, build leadership skills and serve the community. Paid positions are available.

For information, go to wnc.edu/wildcat-life/student-government/..

Deadline nearing for students to apply for scholarships
Prospective and current Western Nevada College students can improve their financial situation for attending the college in the future by applying for scholarships through WNC Foundation.

The deadline for students to fill out an application for scholarship consideration is Thursday, April 1.

Many students have benefitted from the many scholarships that are available to them by filling out one application. Kaitlin Lucky, who said she wouldn’t have been available to attend WNC without scholarship help from the Foundation, advises all students to apply.

“I highly recommend everyone apply for scholarships,” said Lucky, who graduated from WNC and Gonzaga University and now works for the Nevada Senate. “They help take a lot of stress off students because the student does not have to constantly worry about money for tuition, which allows them to focus a lot more time and energy on their education. The people who provide scholarships through the Foundation want to help students.”

More than $600,000 in scholarship funding is available for the 2021-22 academic year because of the generosity of donors and the Foundation’s various fundraising efforts.

The WNC Foundation 2021-22 scholarship application is available online at http://wnc.edu/scholarships.

For information on applying for a scholarship or to start your own scholarship, contact the WNC Foundation at 775-445-3240.

Late-start online classes begin March 29 and 30 
Spend half as much time taking classes this spring by registering for an assortment of short-term classes that begin at the end of March.

Short-term and accelerated classes will be offered online beginning March 29 and 30, providing individuals with the opportunity to further their education while juggling work and family commitments.
Classes are being offered in biology, aviation, advanced industrial technology, chemistry, political science, deaf studies, early childhood education, computer information technology classes, and more.
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 www.wnc.edu/starthere..

Late-start classes offered by WNC this spring — most of which begin on March 29 and end on May 22 — include:

• American Sign Language I (AM 145) and IV (AM 148): Starts March 29
• Instrument Ground School (AV 210): Starts March 29
• Fundamentals of Applied Industrial Technology (AIT 101): Starts March 29
• Applied Industrial Technology Hands-On Lab (AIT 155): Starts March 29 Note: AIT 101 is a prerequisite or co-requisite class
• Applied Industrial Technology Projects (AIT 200): Starts March 29
• Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 224): Starts March 30
• General Chemistry II (CHEM 122): Starts March 29
• Introduction to IT Project Management (CIT 263): Starts March 29
• Career Choices and Changes (CPD 123): Starts March 29
• Principles of Child Guidance (ECE 204): Starts March 29
• Life Span Human Development (HDFS 201): Starts March 29
• Changing Environments (MGT 462): Starts March 29
• Nevada Constitution (PSC 100): Starts March 29
• Composition II (ENG 102): Starts March 29


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