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Western Nevada College job fair features nursing, CNA students

Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center visits with Western Nevada College second-year nursing students, from left, Shantell Copsy, Justine Sanders-Colgan and Misty Ota at WNC’s Job Fair on Feb. 15 in the Cedar Building.

Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center visits with Western Nevada College second-year nursing students, from left, Shantell Copsy, Justine Sanders-Colgan and Misty Ota at WNC’s Job Fair on Feb. 15 in the Cedar Building.

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“Impressive! And when can you start working for us?”
That is the feedback Western Nevada College’s Nursing and Allied Health students received at the Job Fair on Feb. 15.
WNC’s National Student Nurses’ Association hosted the Job Fair for the first time in five years, providing 75 current students with the opportunity to secure future employment, interview with hospitals and health care facilities, learn more from four-year colleges about bachelor degree opportunities and scholarship funding available through WNC Foundation.
“The facilities that participated were really excited about the caliber of our students,” said WNC Nursing Faculty member Kathy Cocking. “Facilities were offering them jobs on the spot and others said they could come work for them as a CNAs until they finished nursing school.”
Cocking helped the students prepare for the Job Fair weeks in advance through mock interviews and crafting their résumés.
“We did interviews in class 2 weeks ago and they were critiqued,” Cocking said. “They also learned about professional attire and appropriate demeanor for interviews.”
The students passed with flying colors.
“I felt like a proud mother when they walked in,” Cocking said. “They were engaged and enthusiastic. The vendors were so impressed by our students.”
Hospitals from the area that participated in the Job Fair included Carson Tahoe Health, Renown Regional Medical Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Carson Valley Medical Center and Banner Churchill.
Participating long-term health facilities included Gardnerville Health and Rehab Center, Mountain View Health and Rehabilitation, and Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Home Care agencies that took part in the event were Visiting Angels and Amada Senior Care. HCA Health Care also attended, recruiting candidates for its facilities in Las Vegas.
Students who are planning to pursue their Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing were able to meet with representatives from the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing, American Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Chamberlain University.
The WNC Foundation also attended so they could talk to students about scholarship opportunities available to assist with their educational expenses.
The colleges, hospitals and health care facilities that attended the Job Fair made donations to the WNC Chapter of NSNA to help students attend the upcoming national convention in Salt Lake City.
Cocking said that all second-year nursing students were required to attend the Job Fair but not all first-year nursing and CNA students participated.
“We are going to make it mandatory for our first-year students, too, next year because we think they get so much out of it,” she said.
For information about the WNC Nursing Program, go to, phone 775-445-4425 or email

Short-Term, Late-Start Classes Provide More Options for Spring Semester
Is there a class that you really wanted to take that didn’t fit into your spring schedule at Western Nevada College? Or maybe you couldn’t take classes when the semester started in January.
In any case, WNC has options for you that don’t mean taking a preferred class for the entire semester.
Short-term and late-start courses will be offered starting this month that will accommodate an individual’s busy work and family schedule. Many of these classes can be taken online and will begin March 28. In-person classes are available and some online classes have in-person lab requirements.
Choose from late-start classes in American Sign Language, fingerspelling, applied industrial technology, computer information technology, construction, counseling and personal development, early childhood education, human development and family studies, history, management science, recreation and physical education and political science.
For a full list of classes and course descriptions, go to Note that some of these classes require prerequisite courses.
For information about becoming a student at WNC, go to
Here are the late-start classes that WNC is offering this spring — most of which begin on March 28 and end on May 21:
• Applied Industrial Technology Projects (AIT 200): Starts March 28
• American Sign Language II (AM 146) and IV (AM 148): Starts March 28
• American Sign Language Fingerspelling II (AM 152): Starts March 28
• IT Project Management (CIT 263): Starts March 28
• Construction Site Safety (CONS 205): Feb. 25-March 12 on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Note: In person with some web.
• Career Choices and Changes (CPD 123): Starts March 29
• Principles of Child Guidance (ECE 204): Starts March 28
• Life Span Human Development (HDFS 201): Starts March 28
• Survey of U.S. Constitution History (HIST 111): Starts March 28
• Change Management (MGT 412): Starts March 28
• Changing Environments (MGT 462): Starts March 28
• Business Plan Creation (MGT 497): Starts March 28
• Golf (PEX 117): March 10-May 5. Note: In person with some web. Students will play at Carson Valley Golf Course.
• Nevada Constitution (PSC 100): Starts March 28

Help Out WNC Nurses by Entering Mammoth Mountain Ski Trip Raffle
The National Student Nurses’ Association (Western Nevada College chapter) is raffling off a weekend ski trip to Mammoth Mountain that includes lodging and lift tickets to raise funds for its annual convention.
The NSNA WNC Chapter is raffling a March 11 and 12 ski trip for two to Mammoth Mountain with lodging, lift tickets and equipment rental to generate funding for its annual convention in Salt Lake City. Raffle tickets are $20 and the winner will be drawn Feb. 22.
If you are interested in purchasing a raffle ticket, email or

Nerd Herd Shares Warmth with Carson City Senior Center
Western Nevada College's Nerd Herd officers Alexander Bevans and Alyssa Butler made many local senior citizens happy on Feb. 11 when they handed out socks and blankets at the Carson City Senior Center.
The student club raised money for the donations in the fall. The club wishes to thank everyone who donated!
In addition, the Carson City Senior Center received $482 for its Meals on Wheels program after the students’ community fundraising efforts were matched by the Pay It Forward Project created by John McDougall.
The Carson City Senior Center is accepting student volunteers. For details, contact Executive Director Courtney Warner at
Alexander Bevans shakes the hand of a recipient of a Nerd Herd donation on Feb. 11 at the Carson City Senior Center. Nerd Herd Club adviser Rebecca Bevans, right, and Nerd Herd officer Alyssa Butler watch the appreciative gentleman.


WNC Hosts NSHE Chancellor, Regents to Discuss Strategic Planning
Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Melody Rose, Chair Pro Tempore Carol Del Carlo, Vice Chair Pro Tempore Amy Carvalho, Regent Joseph Arrascada, other NSHE representatives and community members joined Western Nevada College staff and faculty for a Strategic Planning Listening Session Wednesday morning on the Carson City campus.
This discussion will help WNC and NSHE plan for the future and better serve students and communities.
WNC would like to thank all of the people who participated and for their commitment to higher education!
Anyone who missed the planning session can provide their input by emailing

WNC Officer in Charge Dr. Kyle Dalpe welcomes, from left, Vice Chair Pro Tempore Amy Carvalho, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development and Chief Innovation Officer Caleb Cage, Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Melody Rose and Chair Pro Tempore Carol Del Carlo to a Strategic Planning Session at WNC on Wednesday morning.



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