Western Nevada College program rated 9th in U.S.

Professor of Geosciences Dr. Winnie Kortemeier handed out ‘Wonder Stones’ during the Welcome Back Week Club Fair.

Professor of Geosciences Dr. Winnie Kortemeier handed out ‘Wonder Stones’ during the Welcome Back Week Club Fair.

A higher education consulting organization has recognized Western Nevada College’s online Graphic Design Certificate Program among the top 10 in the United States.
Successful Student Navigating Education ranked WNC ninth in the country among online Graphic Design Certificate programs.
“I strive to ensure the curriculum remains current and relevant,” said WNC Professor of Graphic Design Jayna Conkey.
Among the other colleges and universities ranked in the top 10 are University of Massachusetts-Lowell at No. 1, Southern Methodist University at No. 2 and the University of Texas at Austin at No. 3.
To read about WNC’s honor for its Graphic Design program, go to https://successfulstudent.org/online-graphic-design-certificate-programs/.
Successful Student serves as a source to help students make education sensible and meaningful. Its objective is to assist students in navigating the landscape of higher education. Successful Student provides students with an online resource for informed college and degree rankings.
For information, contact Conkey at Jayna.Conkey@wnc.edu....
(In the gallery below, the posters were created in WNC’s Graphic Design program, which was recently recognized as one of the top 10 online Graphic Design Certificate programs in the country. The artist's name is below the poster.)


Open enrollment classes provide flexibility
For the current fall semester, students can enroll in open entry classes until the ninth week of the semester.
The flexible enrollment deadlines for open entry classes allow students to work at a pace that will ensure completion of coursework and assignments.
Among the open entry subjects that WNC currently offers are Applied Industrial Technology, Anthropology, Aviation, Construction Management, English, Environmental Science, Electronics Technology, Information Systems, Mathematics, Music, Recreation and Physical Education, Philosophy, Political Science and Psychology. For the classes offered in these areas and course descriptions, go to https://www.wnc.edu/class-schedule/?sorter=open#class-schedule-row.

Nursing program welcomes 56 students
Nursing & Allied Health welcomed 56 students to its nursing program with an Orientation Day late last month.
Admission into the two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program is an accomplishment. There were 101 qualified applicants this year.
Students who apply are ranked according to a point system. Points are earned for their grades in prerequisite and corequisite science classes, as well as other necessary classes taken prior to admission. Applicants are also awarded a point for being a Nevada resident.
Because science classes are weighted more heavily than others, WNC Nursing & Allied Health Interim Director Deborah Ingraffia-Strong recommends that students retake them to earn the highest grade possible. No grade lower than a “C” is accepted.
Although the curriculum for the program is the same this year, instructors and professors will integrate new Laerdal high fidelity simulation mannequins provided through grant funding.
“The Manikins actually breathe, sweat and blink,” Ingraffia-Strong said.
Between the second and third semesters in the program, many of the nursing students are hired at the clinical sites where they train.
“Because of workforce shortages, many employers have increased their number of nursing apprenticeships,” Ingraffia-Strong said. “As nursing apprentices, they can do quite a bit, like give medication as they work as nurses within the scope that the Nevada Board of Nursing has defined for them.”
Two new instructors are helping students reach their potential: Susan Ward and Irene Jen Schiller. Ward returns as a full-time instructor to fill Ingraffia-Strong’s position and Schiller has a background as a working nurse, including serving in a New York emergency room during the health pandemic.
Nearly 97 percent of graduates who successfully earn their Nevada RN license land jobs immediately.
For information, phone 775-445-4425 or email alliedhealth@wnc.edu.

Apply for Nevada Promise Scholarship by Oct. 31
The Nevada Legislature has funding available through the Nevada Promise Scholarship to cover tuition and other mandatory fees, amounting to a savings of more than $3,000 per year. The scholarship provides aid for up to three years for students who apply and follow through with the requirements for receiving the scholarship.
Nevada high school students graduating in spring 2023 must apply for the Nevada Promise Scholarship no later than Oct. 31.
For information, go to nvpromise@wnc.edu.


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