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Self-paced, late-start classes open at Western Nevada College

American Sign Language II and IV classes are being offered with Western Nevada College’s late-start/short-term offerings that begin March 28. A variety of other courses are being offered and there is the option to take others in an open-entry format.

American Sign Language II and IV classes are being offered with Western Nevada College’s late-start/short-term offerings that begin March 28. A variety of other courses are being offered and there is the option to take others in an open-entry format.

If you haven’t heard, at Western Nevada College you don’t have to start the semester when it officially begins.
Open entry (self-paced), as well as short-term and late-start courses, give students many options and modalities to receive their instruction well after the semester started.
Self-paced courses are available in Applied Industrial Technology, Aviation, Biology, Business Administration and Management, Core Humanities, Construction, Education (Nevada School Law), English (Composition I and II and Introduction to Creative Writing), Environmental Science, Finance, Information Systems Computer Applications, Mathematics (Fundamentals of College Mathematics, College Algebra and Precalculus), Management Science, Music (Music Appreciation, as well as Recording Techniques), Philosophy (Introduction to Ethics) and Psychology (General Psychology). These classes have more flexible enrollment deadlines between now and the end of the semester (May 21) and a self-paced structure for completing coursework and assignments within the semester. The deadline to register for these courses is April 1.
Short-term and late-start courses begin on March 28, accommodating an individual’s busy work and family schedule. Some of these courses have already reached their enrollment capacity so register as soon as possible. The following classes can be taken online:
• Applied Industrial Technology Projects (AIT 200)
• American Sign Language II (AM 146) and IV (AM 148)
• American Sign Language Fingerspelling II (AM 152)
• IT Project Management (CIT 263)
• Career Choices and Changes (CPD 123)
• Principles of Child Guidance (ECE 204)
• Life Span Human Development (HDFS 201)
• Survey of U.S. Constitution History (HIST 111)
• Change Management (MGT 412)
• Changing Environments (MGT 462)
• Business Plan Creation (MGT 497)
• Nevada Constitution (PSC 100)
For a full list of classes and course descriptions, go to To arrange an appointment with Counseling Services, phone 775-445-3267 or email
Students new to WNC can apply for admission and take care of other pre-registration requirements at For more information, phone 775-445-3277.

Plan early for summer and fall classes
Get an early start on planning your summer and fall classes at WNC.
A schedule of classes is now available online at that will help you plan for your next semester at Western.
Registration for summer and fall classes begins Monday, April 4 for continuing and returning students, while new students can register for summer and fall classes starting Monday, April 11.
Students can register through their personal WNC accounts. Individuals planning to attend WNC for the first time can apply for admission at
Summer session begins Monday, June 13 and ends Saturday, Aug. 6. Fall semester starts Monday, Aug. 29.
For information about becoming a student at WNC, phone 775-445-3277.

WNC welcomes Sandy Foley to foundation board
Western Nevada College’s Foundation is excited to welcome Sandy Foley as a new board member.
Foley, a retired Carson City School district teacher and librarian, embraces the opportunity to join other leaders and ambassadors in the region in helping raise critical funds to meet growing student needs at WNC, as well as improve facilities at its campuses and provide the latest technological support for faculty members.
“My 30-plus years of teaching reading and English, as well as running the school library, has instilled a love of the value of a college like WNC and the way it creates job opportunities for students,” Foley said.
Foley and her husband, James, recently created the Foley Family Scholarship to support a WNC student who is completing a certification program.
“With a two-year scholarship, a student’s life can be changed forever,” Foley said. “I want to help promote the college and the future that awaits the graduates that put forth the effort.
“The greatest honor I receive comes from a former student who says thank you for helping him/her achieve success.”
Foley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Western Kentucky University and received a graduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She was a Carson City Library Board member and president from 2008-16, and has been a member of the League of Women Voters.

Victim advocate offers support for students, staff and faculty
Western Nevada College has expanded its crisis support system for students, staff and faculty members who need someone to talk to following a crisis. The college has joined the Campus Victim Advocate program and will have a member of Crisis Support Services on campus at least twice per month.
Gwyndelyn Thompson will be available to meet with victims in Student Support Services Room 104 in the Bristlecone Building.
Thompson will provide confidential support for students, staff and faculty members who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence, trafficking, and more.
“It doesn’t have to be something that occurred on campus,” Thompson said. “What I really aim to do is listen, provide support and a space for people to go to talk as part of the healing process. I can be another person in their support system and I will be there to cheer them on.”
Thompson will also recommend resources on and off campus to survivors so they can receive additional help.
“My goals for this program are to let people know that this exists and to support them,” she said. “My biggest goal is to help survivors thrive and help the WNC community feel safe and supported!”
Student survivors will also have the opportunity to join student support groups at no charge.
If a survivor is unable to meet on campus, they can call, text or email her. Survivors in rural areas will be able to meet her on Zoom. Those with recent or historic experiences of violence may reach out to receive support. There isn’t a time frame to access services.
To learn more about the program or to arrange a time to meet with Thompson, phone her at 775-771-8724. This is the confidential Campus Advocate cellphone number that someone can call or text to reach Thompson directly.
Counseling Services can also help connect students with Thompson.

WNC Dual Enrollment student considered for U.S. Presidential Scholar honor
Carson High School senior Elias Palumbo has challenged himself through Western Nevada College’s dual-enrollment program.
Palumbo was recently recognized as a candidate for the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The CHS senior has taken several dual-credit classes at WNC as part of the college’s dual enrollment program.
The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors for their academic success, leadership, and service to their community and school.
Since then, the program has expanded so that additional students can be recognized. Starting in 1979, students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in visual, creative and performing arts were also recognized. Then, in 2015, the program added exceptional high school seniors who demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields.
Palumbo has been recognized for his accomplishments in Career and Technical Education.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 citizens appointed by the president, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the 161 Scholars in May. Of these, up to 20 will be selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
Semifinalists will be announced in mid-April and Scholars in May.

Students on spring break March 21-25
Western Nevada College students will receive a break from their spring semester classes from March 21-25.
Classes will resume on Monday, March 28.
Even though classes aren't scheduled for students, WNC will remain open and conduct regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Spring Break.


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