Add to your collection or help someone start their collection at the WNC Geology Club's fifth annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Sale that runs from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 in Room 329 of the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus.
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 Jan. 21 and three-week courses that start Jan. 3 and end Jan. 21. View winter session classes at wnc.edu/class-schedule/.
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)
• Organizational Behavior (MGT 323)
• Precalculus I (MATH 126)
• Principles of Sociology (SOC 101)
If you want to wait until the holidays are over, WNC offers three-week classes starting Jan. 3:
• Visual Foundations (ART 100)
• Art Appreciation (ART 160)
• Ancient & Medieval Cultures (CH 201)
• European Civilization to 1648 (HIST 105)
• Introduction to Information Systems (IS 101)
Register for spring semester
There are multiple advantages to registering early for winter session and spring semester.
New students can apply for admission and learn about other pre-registration requirements at wnc.edu/starthere.
To preview spring classes, go to wnc.edu/class-schedule. WNC is offering more online options, including open enrollment courses that allow students to start the semester as much as nine weeks late and work at their own pace to complete a course.
WNC requires vaccines for all in-person classes beginning with spring semester. All students must complete the vaccine form at https://www.wnc.edu/student-vaccine-form/.
Apply for 2022-23 Foundation Scholarships and 2021-22 William N. Pennington CTE Scholarships at wnc.edu/scholarship.
If you need help preparing for spring semester, arrange an appointment with Counseling Services at 775-445-3267 or firstname.lastname@example.org..
Driver’s ed is back and better than ever
Suzanne Pipho, an educator and experienced WNC employee, will lead WNC’s resumption of a driver’s education course through its Continuing Education Program.
“I have two teenage boys,” Suzanne said. “I find that if I ask them questions about an important topic, rather than lecture them with the information, they are more engaged and they also realize that they don’t have all of the answers. Rather than saying, ‘You should always wear your seatbelt!’ I will ask them, ‘Why is it important to always wear your seatbelt? Can you give me 5 or more reasons?’”
Suzanne Pipho The class is offered during winter break on Dec. 27-31 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily with a half-hour lunch break. The cost is $50.
“Our program is meant to be engaging for students, so they do more than hear the information — they actually learn it,” said WNC Continuing Education Coordinator Lauren Slemenda. “Students will interact with each other and the instructor by playing games designed to reinforce lessons, and parents will receive daily summaries of what their student learned that day so that they can help emphasize the information at home and during behind-the-wheel practice.”
Having taught her oldest son to drive, Pipho is dedicated to teaching other children driver’s education in a classroom setting. She encourages parents and guardians to be an active participant in this course by reviewing the daily handouts with the student.
Pipho plans to have students complete handouts and quizzes, interact in small group activities, simulate driving situations in role-playing activities and complete an obstacle course to simulate different driving situations and conditions.
Pipho’s passion for the topic also comes from a personal place: She experienced the loss of an older sister, Larissa, to a car crash when she was 3. She wants to help families avoid this awful experience.
Instruction will include guest speakers from the Carson City Sheriff's Department, DMV and Nevada Department of Transportation who will provide valuable insight into driving safely. The class will conclude with the awarding of completion certificates and a "bonus" session providing parents with tips for behind-the-wheel practice. This course meets NAC 389.568 requirements for 30 hours of classroom driver education training for students under the age of 18.
For more information and to register your child, go to wnc.edu/driver-education.
Wildcat teach holding book drive for children, teens
Participate in the Western Nevada College Wildcat Teach's Book Drive through Dec. 10. New or gently used children and teen books are being collected to pass out to local families, teachers and librarians during a campus event Dec. 13.
Drop-off boxes are located at Starbucks stores in Carson City, Dayton, Minden and Gardnerville, as well as in WNC's Reynolds and Bristlecone buildings.
For information, contact Sarah Lobsinger at 775-445-4427.
Geology Club sale will raise scholarship funds
The public can start or grow a geology collection by going to the Western Nevada College’s Geology Club's fifth annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Sale that runs from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 in Room 329 of the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus.
“We have rock, mineral, fossil, gem, and shell specimens from all over the world,” said WNC Professor of Geosciences Winnie Kortemeier, the club’s adviser, who estimates that more than 1,000 samples will be part of the sale.
New for this year’s sale is an extensive collection of shells and fossils, as well as showy copper ore from Nevada.
Kortemeier said the sale is important to the club to help establish a scholarship for students interested in the geosciences.
Classified fundraiser is a sweet deal
The Classified Council at Western Nevada College is providing another opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth: the Winter Wonderland Holiday Fundraiser with See’s Candies, which is going on through Dec. 3.
Order and pay online to help the Classified Council raise money for its events. To place your order, use the QR code or go to wnc.edu/classified-fundraiser to access the See’s Candies ordering link.
Free shipping is available on orders exceeding $70.