WNC News and Notes: Churchill County meets new Fallon campus director

WNC President Vincent Solis, background right, talks about new Fallon Campus Director Jessica Rowe in front of luncheon attendees Nov. 17 in Fallon.

WNC President Vincent Solis, background right, talks about new Fallon Campus Director Jessica Rowe in front of luncheon attendees Nov. 17 in Fallon.

New Western Nevada College Fallon Campus Director Jessica Rowe saw many welcoming faces at a meet-and-greet luncheon Nov. 17 on the Fallon campus.
WNC President Vincent Solis, Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Dalpe, Foundation Director Niki Gladys and Associated Students of Western Nevada President Andrea Sanchez De Loza were in attendance to congratulate and support Rowe. The luncheon also attracted members of the community, Fallon dignitaries, faculty and staff.
Rowe is a tenured English professor who has taught many students in Fallon and surrounding areas, as well as provided educational outreach to various rural communities in Northern Nevada. She assumed the role of Fallon campus director in August.
“I've dedicated much of my focus to working in rural communities throughout the region, having engaged in educational program-building through GEAR UP in the Hawthorne, Yerington, Silver Springs, and Schurz communities; taught with WNC in Yerington, Silver Springs, Hawthorne and Fallon; and worked to improve access and success for students from our vast rural community neighbors and partners,” Rowe said. “I'm passionate about making sustainable connections and about growing and stabilizing the communities I live in, care for, and serve.”
Students from the Churchill County High School’s culinary class prepared meals for staff, faculty, Fallon dignitaries and community members.
To contact Rowe, call 775-445-3380 or email jessica.rowe@wnc.edu..


New students can register for spring classes
Now, it’s new students’ opportunity to begin registering for spring semester at WNC.
Whether you want to work toward a bachelor’s or associate degree, a certification to improve your job prospects or pay level, or pursue a goal that has been delayed by other commitments, Western Nevada College has you covered.
WNC is offering more online courses than ever before, including open enrollment courses that allow students to start the semester as much as 9 weeks late and work at their own pace to complete a course. These options provide individuals with flexibility to go to school while fulfilling personal and family commitments.
Individuals new to Western can apply for admission and learn about other pre-registration requirements at wnc.edu/starthere. Furthermore, individuals can receive personal assistance from Student Services in preparation for spring semester by arranging an appointment with Counseling Services at 775-445-3267 or counseling@wnc.edu.
To preview classes that are available for spring semester, go to wnc.edu/class-schedule.
It’s an ideal time to apply for scholarship funding that is available through WNC Foundation. The 2022-23 scholarship application is on the website at wnc.edu/scholarship. Also, students focusing on technology degrees and certifications can apply for the 2021-22 William N. Pennington CTE Scholarships at wnc.edu/scholarship.
Note that returning and continuing students began registering for spring semester Nov. 8. These students can register at any time but are advised to do so as soon as possible to arrange the classes they want in advance of the semester starting Jan. 24.
Following the Nevada State Board of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Nevada System of Higher Education students, WNC requires vaccines for all in-person classes beginning with spring semester.

Catch up, get ahead by taking winter session classes
Learning won’t stop between the end of fall semester and the start of spring semester at Western Nevada College.
Winter session provides students with the opportunity to take accelerated online courses in three- and five-week increments for full credit.
Register now for five-week classes that begin Dec. 20 and end on Jan. 21 and three-week courses that start Jan. 3 and conclude Jan. 21. View winter session classes at wnc.edu/class-schedule/.
Classes are offered in art, biology, core humanities, education, English, environmental science, history, information systems, management science, mathematics and sociology.
These accelerated online courses give students a chance to catch up on their units to graduate on time or to get ahead in their areas of study.
The five-week online classes offered are:
• General Biology for non-Majors (BIOL 100)
• Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 190)
• The Modern World (CH 202)
• Introduction to Special Education (EDU 203)
• Composition I (ENG 101)
• Composition II (ENG 102)
• Introduction to Environmental Science (ENV 101)
• Survey of U.S. Constitutional History (HIST 111)
• Fundamentals of College Mathematics (MATH 120)
• Precalculus I (MATH 126)
• Principles of Sociology (SOC 101)
If you want to wait until the holidays are over, WNC offers three-week, accelerated classes starting on Jan. 3:
• Visual Foundations (ART 100)
• Art Appreciation (ART 160)
• Ancient and Medieval Cultures (CH 201)
• European Civilization to 1648 (HIST 105)
• Introduction to Information Systems (IS 101)
File 2022-23 FAFSA now
Students planning to attend WNC in Fall 2022 should begin submitting their 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The 2022-2023 FAFSA opened Oct. 1, and financial aid officials are advising students not to delay applying.
The earlier a student submits the application, the better chance the individual has of receiving financial aid.
“The WNC Financial Aid Office encourages all students to apply early. There are a number of financial aid programs that award students on a first-come, first-served basis, and we want students to complete their forms early to qualify for those programs,” said WNC Director of Financial Assistance JW Lazzari.
By completing your FAFSA closer to the opening filing date, the quicker you’ll then receive your Student Aid Report. With the report in hands, you’ll be able to better plan for your upcoming academic year, whether that means increasing your scholarship applications, finding or increasing your employment and/or applying for student loans.
Students who have applied for financial aid in the past have an easier time completing their 2022-23 FAFSA since some information is pre-populated on their new form.
Because of the financial hardship to many families triggered by the coronavirus, students may be eligible to have their financial aid adjusted. A lost job or a significant change to household income reported on your federal tax return could lead to a financial aid adjustment. There will be questions on the application that will address this situation. After submitting your application, contact WNC to discuss your financial situation.
To file a FAFSA application, go to www.studentaid.gov/FAFSA or fill out the form in the myStudentAid mobile app, which is available on the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
According to Lazzari, “WNC Financial Aid staff are available to help students with the application, virtually, over the phone or in person; please check us out at wnc.edu/financial.
For information, phone 775-445-3264 or email finaid1@wnc.edu.
Register now for upcoming CDL classes
For anyone who wasn’t able to take the recent session of the Commercial Driver’s License Skills Test Preparation class, there are more on the way.
The next sessions are set for Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday starting the week of Nov. 29 on the Fallon campus. Both sessions are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Note that the 4-week class has a break on the week of Dec. 20.
The CDL Skills Test Preparation class is sponsored by Hert Trucking and contains weekly classroom and driving participation requirements.
Best of all, William N. Pennington Foundation has provided scholarship funding to cover tuition costs for students. Before registering for the class, it’s recommended that you contact the WNC Continuing Education office at 775-445-4210 to ensure that you fully understand the requirements of the program.
More sessions of the class will begin in January.
Grimes voted Best of Fallon instructor
The results are in and Churchill County has decided which instructor is its favorite in the Best of Fallon 2021 contest.
The winner is Eric Grimes, who represents WNC by teaching dual enrollment psychology classes at Oasis Academy.
WNC Psychology Professor Teresa Gehman was runner-up in voting from community members and Chemistry Professor Dr. Gary Evett was third. Others receiving nominations were Ronald Belbin, student success librarian; Jorgen Jeppesen, welding instructor; Richard Kloes, accounting professor; and Tim Mayo, mathematics professor.
To access the Best of Fallon winners, go to www.nevadaappeal.com/bestoffallon2021/#/gallery?group=391311.
This classified fundraiser is actually a sweet deal
The Classified Council at Western Nevada College is providing another opportunity to satisfy your own sweet tooth or for loved ones: it’s the Winter Wonderland holiday fundraiser with See’s Candies, which is presented through Dec. 3.
Order and pay online to help the Classified Council raise money for its events. You can also scan the QR code that is available on the message slide on the campus TV or by going to the website story at wnc.edu/classified-fundraiser.
Free shipping is available on orders exceeding $70.
No classes Wednesday, college to close Nov. 25-26 for Thanksgiving holiday
Western Nevada College’s three campuses will be closed on Thursday and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving.
There also is an instructional day Wednesday, meaning no classes for students. However, the college will be open.
The college will resume classes and regular college business on Monday.
During these campus closure dates, individuals who need information about becoming a student at WNC or are seeking winter session and spring semester class schedules, can utilize the college website at wnc.edu/starthere for much of that information.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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